Chess Federation Fines Player Over Her ‘Sports Shoes’

The Dutch chess player, who received an official warning, said she did not intend to violate the dress code when she wore her canvas Burberry sneakers at a chess championship in Uzbekistan.

The International Chess Federation fined a 23-year-old chess player from the Netherlands at its World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for wearing “sports shoes.”

FIDE, as the federation is known, fined Anna-Maja Kazarian 100 euros ($111) for wearing what the organization’s arbiters deemed “sports shoes” during the tournament this week. It also required Ms. Kazarian, who streams her games to more than 34,000 followers on Twitch, to change into more formal shoes in between games.

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