Khademalsharieh defects to Spain

Magnus Carlsen’s double victory at the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Almaty wasn’t the news many media picked up but the Iranian Sara Khademalsharieh playing without the hijab (head scarf) prescribed by the Iran Chess Federation to protest against the Iranian regime’s killing of demonstrants, even though FIDE avoided to show or mention her. Khademalsharieh will not return to Iran for the time being but go to Spain, where she arrived safely.