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Iranian chess player who competed without headscarf defects to Spain

One of Iran’s top-ranked female chess players, Sara Khadem, is planning to settle in Spain after taking part in an international tournament in Kazakhstan without a headscarf.

The 25-year-old player has become the latest sportswomen to defy Iran’s strict dress code since anti-government protests began in September, following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the “morality police”.
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