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A dress code in chess? New no-cleavage rule aims to eliminate distractions

Mar 12, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT


Are top players using their partially-covered woman parts to gain advantage at chess tournaments? The European Chess Union thinks so, and they’ve instituted a dress code for tournament play that bans cleavage. Playing the sports’ version of the Church Lady, ECU general secretary Sava Stoisavljevic said that “many of the players were not wearing proper clothes” during games, according to Chessbase News, and seeing that other sport shave dress codes, chess should have one too. The ECU has put restrictions on the amount of cleavage a player can display.

The ECU says that there have been complaints from spectators about the revealing attire of some competitors, and also some male players have said that they are distracted by buxom female opponents.

From the new rules:

In respect to shirts, the second from the top button may also be opened in addition to the very top button.

But that’s only one of the many new dress edicts. Other excerpts:

13.2 Dress rules for the players during the games

for men … the trousers, the jeans as well as the shirts and polo’s worn should be crisp and show no excessive wear, no holes and shall be free of body odor.

for women … sunglasses, glasses, neck ties can be worn during the games, no caps or hats, except for religious reasons.

in general, this category of appearance demands a pulled-together, harmonious, complete look with colors, fabrics, shoes, and accessories, for both men and women.

Stoisavljevic says they considered just how many buttons could be undone on a woman’s shirt. “Décolletés [the French word for cleavage] are partly covered in our regulations, which state that in respect to shirts the second from the top button may also be opened, in addition to the very top button.” And short skirts might be next to go, though there are currently no restrictions.

What happens under the chess board, stays under the chess board.

Of course nowhere in Stoisavljevic’s interview is it mentioned that the new rules arrive just in time for the European Women’s Championships in Gaziantep, Turkey, where they tend to frown on public cleavage.

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  1. skids003 - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    They sure take all the fun out of sport, don’t they?

  2. dbeehner - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Ohhhhhh! I thought we were playing CHEST … my bad