In a significant move that has garnered widespread attention and sparked debate, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) has announced a two-year ban on transgender women’s participation in its official women’s chess events. These new regulations, officially approved by the FIDE Council, are scheduled to take effect on August 21, 2023, and will remain in place until further decisions are made by the federation.
Under these regulations, individuals who have transitioned from male to female are subject to the ban when it comes to competing in official women’s chess events. However, it’s important to note that they are not prohibited from participating in the open category, where gender-based restrictions do not apply.
To ensure compliance with these new rules, FIDE has outlined specific requirements for transgender competitors. According to the federation’s statement, transgender participants are obligated to provide sufficient proof of their gender change in accordance with the national laws and regulations of their respective countries. Until FIDE makes further determinations, transgender individuals will not have the right to compete in official women’s chess events.