Now there is controversy as to whether women wearing burqas should be allowed into parliament house, presumably as guests as we have no such women elected to parliament to claim that right yet. Even Tony Abbott, a macho man, feels confronted by such attire - and this is from the guy who from a woman's allegation smashed the wall around her head with punches???
But what about chess games? We are accustomed to seeing our opponents face, even trying to read their emotions, that body language is so important. So if the burqa can be warn does the wearer have an advantage because she can read our faces but we cannot read hers? Could we be even certain we are playing the correct person? There may be an imposter for cheating purposes, or if there are many burqa-wearing women and one sits down at the wrong board we could not detect. How could a DOP even be certain that is dealing with the correct person if they wore the same colour and style of burqa? But the distinctive give aways are the height and voice. But the voices can be similar as well as body size, but some Muslim women are not even allowed to talk to non related outside men. So they could not be questioned unless by a female DOP and an opposing male player could not even often a draw etc.
As we already make concessions for Jewish chess players, such as having someone else record their moves on the Sabbath etc then it would be discriminatory not to make special provisions for Muslim women.
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