Chess World Bans Trans Women in Mind-Boggling New Policy

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The regulatory organization that governs international chess competition announced this week that transgender women would effectively be banned from playing in women’s events until further notice.

In an updated version of its handbook, the International Chess Federation (known by its French acronym FIDE) said that players who transition “from a male to a female” have “no right” to play in official events “until further FIDE’s [sic] decision is made.” Any future decision will be based on what the organization vaguely called “further analysis” in a process that could take up to two years.

No justification was offered for the decision, which was first reported Wednesday by The Times of London.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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