Exiled Iranian chess player says not herself with hijab

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An Iranian chess player who fled to Spain after she took part in an international tournament without the mandatory hijab said on Sunday she is “not myself” when she wears the headscarf. In December Sara Khadem, 25, appeared without a hijab – which is compulsory for women under Iranian law – at the International Chess Federation (FIDE) World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her action was seen by some as a show of support for the protests that have gripped Iran since the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22. Amini had been arrested by Tehran morality police…

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