Chess girl's dress too 'seductive' say officials

The "seductive" dress in question (Kaushal Khandhar / Facebook)
The "seductive" dress in question (Kaushal Khandhar / Facebook)

A 12-year-old chess champion has been booted out of a tournament in Malaysia for wearing a "seductive" dress.

According to the girl's coach, officials halted the competition in its second round to tell her she needed to find something else to wear.

"The tournament director deemed my student's dress to be 'seductive' and a 'temptation from a certain angle far, far away'," chess coach Kaushal Khandhar wrote on Facebook.

"We found this statement completely out of line."

He uploaded a photograph of the short-sleeved, red-and-black striped dress, which goes down to the girl's knees, to prove her expulsion was "completely ridiculous".

She was unable to find something else to wear - it was late in the evening and the shops in Putrajaya had already closed.

"It was impossible to get another attire in time for the 9am round next day, as all shops were already closed and wouldn't be open in time."

Tournament officials told local news site Malay Mail Online the police were getting involved in the case, so they would not comment on the matter.

The mother's official complaint is being investigated, according to the Malaysian Chess Federation, but was "different" to her coach's version of events.

"This bright young girl was recently the champion of her district in MSS Kuala Lumpur and has shown tremendous potential in chess," said Mr Khandhar.

"This incident has left her extremely disturbed, and embarrassed. I have been playing chess in Malaysia for almost two decades and I have never heard this type of issue ever."