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March 14, 2012 9:53 AM Subscribe
Only two buttons from the top: The European Women's Championship in Gaziantep, Turkey
is the first where the brand new European Chess Union Dress Code regulations
[pdf] apply. The men’s championship, which will take place this month in Plovdiv, Bulgaria will follow. ECU General Secretary Sava Stoisavljevic answers some questions
. Players respond
.The pieces of the clothing should be crisp, show no excessive wear, no holes and shall be free of body odor
, says the code, and it demands "a pulled-together, harmonious, complete look with colors, fabrics, shoes, and accessories, for both men and women". No caps or hats, too—except for religious reasons. No word on mini skirts, though. Not yet. This is basically ECU experimenting with the idea: The World Chess Federation does not have a dress code, and even the host, the head of Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazıcı says that they have nothing to do with it
[Turkish], calling Stoisavljevic a "blabbermouth" and describing the code as "vague and unintelligible".
Unsurprisingly, the media mostly treats the news as a ban specifically on female cleavage which, as the Time magazine lets us know
, 'could cause even the most expert chessman to focus on checking her out rather than delivering checkmate