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Nigel Short: Saudi chess ban "ridiculous"

The apparent decision to ban chess in Saudi Arabia is a “great tragedy”, says British chess grandmaster Nigel Short.

Mr Short, one of UK’s greatest ever chess players, said members of the Saudi Chess Associations were now in a potentially dangerous position if they continue to play.

“I don't consider chess to be a threat to society. It's not something that is so depraved as to corrupt morals,” he told presenter Justin Webb.

“Even Ayatollah Khomeini came to the conclusion that he'd gone too far and repealed his own ban,” he added.

(Image: Nigel Short. Credit: Getty/Allsport Hulton/Archive)


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