Dora Derakhshani was forbidden from playing for home country following matches in Gibraltar in January

A leading Iranian chess player, barred from her country’s team after refusing to wear a headscarf, will now compete for the United States.

Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, who was born in Tehran, was forbidden from playing by the Iranian chess federation following the Gibraltar chess festival in January, said US Chess, the national governing body for competitions and player rankings. She did not wear a hijab during the event.

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