A 12-Year-Old Chess Competitor, Forced to Withdraw from Chess Tournament Because of Her ‘Seductive’ Dress

Kaushal Khandhar, Malaysian chess player and coach, shared the most disturbing incident that happened with one of his students and her mother.

This incident happened in mid-April 2017 at the National Scholastic Chess Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia. His 12-year-old student was forced to withdraw from a chess tournament because of her dress.

According to his post on his Facebook account, in the middle of the second round of the chess tournament, the event’s Chief arbiter told his student and her mother that the dress was too “seductive” and claimed that it was a “temptation from a certain angle far, far away.” He posted a picture of the dress his student wore during the competition and it appears that the dress was reaching near the knee and covers both shoulders.

The Chief arbiter apologized to his student and to her mother personally and explained that there was nothing wrong with her attire but it was the Tournament Director’s decision to not allow the dress to be worn in the competition, then they gave them a choice to purchase a long slack for the day; however, it was impossible to buy another attire because the shops are already closed and would not be opening in time.

This situation had led to the inevitable decision of withdrawal from the tournament all together. We are absolutely DIGUSTED by the treatment of Tournament Director to a 12-year-old girl and her mother. This incident has resulted in loss of time and money which was invested before, during and after the tournament on coaching, registration fees, travelling, accommodation and other incurred cost.

Sophian A. Yusuf, the tournament director denied the claims made against them. He said that he never met the girl and he didn’t suggest that her outfit was “seductive” but he did mention that he was briefed about the incident about the arbiter but he was too busy to be involved, according to the New Strait Times.

We demand a public apology from Tournament Director of National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017. In the event, we do not receive a public apology in the next 5 days, we shall have no choice but to resort to legal proceedings.