'I am ready to stand for my principles': Double world chess champion says she won't defend titles in Saudi Arabia because of kingdom's inequality. The Ukrainian, 27, will not travel to Saudi Arabia, where she wouldn't even be allowed to walk down the street unaccompanied.

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The Independent—It takes years of work, days of staring at a board and hours of agonising over individuals moves en route to becoming a world champion in chess.  And it takes only a short-sighted decision from its governing body to ensure you lose that crown. "In a few days I am going to lose two World Champion titles - one by one," Anna Muzychuk says.  "Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia."

Double world chess champion won't defend titles in Saudi Arabia because of kingdom's inequality. Andreas Kontokanis / Flickr Double World Chess Champion Anna Muzychuck will not defend her titles in Saudi Arabia because of how they treat women. Muyzchuk is the defending world champion in two disciplines of speed chess — rapid and blitz. "[I decided] not to play by someone's rules," she said in an emotional statement. Saudi rules of dress require female residents and most visitors to wear loose-fitting, long robes known as abayas. It takes years of work, days of staring at a board and...