The Amateur Eye – Turkish Upheaval

Well, American Woman Chess Champion certainly rocked the boat in more ways than one.  Suddenly the appearance of another Muslim televangelist created concerns in Turkey over  who dared to play chess. (Refer to the wearing of the hijab I reported on earlier.)

Ahlmet Mahmut Unlu raised eyebrows with his New Year message that claimed playing chess to be more sinful than gambling and eating pork.  And he added salt to the wound of what the Turkish Chess Federation has so long striven to popularize the game.  He declared that chess is a sin and that people who play chess are more prone to lying than others.

A prominent government official, Omer Celik, came to the defense of chess saying that he plays chess and finds it to be a joy of wisdom. He added that chess has attributed value by eastern culture.  The Federation is launching legal proceedings against the religious leader Unlu for defamation.

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