США Women’с Chess Team Won’t Take Part in World Team Chess Championship; The Main Reason Is «Inappropriate Gender Bias»

We're still receiving information from the teams, participation of which in Women'с World Team Chess Championship in Turkey, was or still is under question. As it became known for Chess-News, США Team мейд a final decision of not going to Mardin two weeks ago and informed the Head of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici about that by the following letter:

«Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici, Members of the Organizing Committee, and interested parties,

After serious consideration of multiple issues and several topics that  were a concern to us, the USCF has decided to respectfully decline the invitation to the 2011 Women’с World Team Championships. One of the  primary concerns was the principle that, although the qualification  process for teams to the Women’с World Team Championship are the same as  for the World Team Championship, the regulations for the conditions are  not consistent. We feel that this is an inappropriate gender bias and hope  that this issue is addressed in the near future. We wish you the best  success with the event.

Regards,

Fred Hall
Executive Director
United States Chess Federation»

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