In this photo Iranian women take part in a chess tournament in Tehran October 2017, taken on a unknown date. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images/ via the Guardian)
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Chess player banned by Iran gets a new start in St. LouisA 19-year-old Iranian woman banned from competing in the name of her county after attending an international competition without an Islamic headscarf has taken her game to St. Louis University.She was 18 when she moved to Barcelona, Spain, and recruited by a chess club. She declined to be on Iran's national team sponsored by the government because she didn't want to be controlled by the rules of the team, including wearing a head scarf even while outside Iran.But days after the Gibraltar tournament, the head of the Iranian Chess Federation said Derakhshani and her 14-year-old brother could no longer play in the country or under Iran's name.
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