martedì 17 agosto 2021

I talebani odiano anche gli scacchi

Ecco quanto scrive il sito Pazzesco, i talebani che stanno stendendo il loro velo nero di morte sull'Afghanistan, odiano anche gli scacchi. E i 64 tesserati Fide afghani ora rischiano di dover dimenticare la loro passione per non dover passare guai seri.

Chess May be Banned in Afghanistan

As Afghanistan falls to the Taliban, lives of many people will change dramatically, and that unfortunately includes those who play chess, because apparently the Taliban do not approve of chess.

World Chess, the official FIDE gaming platform, has 64 subscribers from Afghanistan, and we reached out to some of them to find out how they are coping with the major changes taking place in their country. The answers were disheartening: “…the country is in a dire condition and we do not know if chess will be allowed under the new government. I heartily appreciate you reaching out.”

Those who love chess now have every reason to worry. According to the  2002 report from Counterpunch, the Taliban declared a war on the game:

When the Taliban caught Haji Shirullah, a Kabul businessman, playing chess in his office with his brother they burnt the chessboard and the pieces. ‘They put us in jail for two days,’ he recalled with a rueful smile. ‘The Taliban believed chess was a form of gambling and distracted people from saying their prayers.“

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