Ukraine’s chess grandmaster Anna Muzychuk confirms decision to skip Saudi blitz tournament

19:00, 25 December 2017

Chess world champion Anna Muzychuk in a Facebook posting confirmed her earlier decision to refuse from participation in an upcoming blitz chess championship in Saudi Arabia over human rights controversy.

На этой неделе Музычук потеряет два титула чемпиона мира /

“In a few days I am going to lose two World Champion titles - one by one. Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone's rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature,” Muzychuk wrote.

“Exactly one year ago I won these two titles and was about the happiest person in the chess world but this time I feel really bad. I am ready to stand for my principles and skip the event, where in five days I was expected to earn more than I do in a dozen of events combined,” wrote the Ukrainian chess grandmaster.

Read alsoRFE/RL: Ukrainian master boycotts Saudi women's world speed-chess championshipsAdmitting that the fact that these circumstances are “annoying”, she stresses that the most upsetting thing is that “almost nobody really cares”.

“That is a really bitter feeling, still not the one to change my opinion and my principles. The same goes for my sister Mariya - and I am really happy that we share this point of view. And yes, for those few who care - we'll be back!” she concluded.

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