New rules dictate that female players in the European Women’s Championship in Turkey cannot reveal “décolletés,” or cleavage.
Sava Stoisavljevic, the female European Chess Union General Secretary, told Chessbase News that the change in dress code was due to female players’ appearance causing a ruckus in the peanut gallery. “I heard many comments from spectators and coaches,” Stoisavljevic said.
Players can keep two buttons on their tops open, but no more. Skirts must be no shorter than 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) above the knee.
Stoisavljevic didn’t seem to mind that the female players dressed in skimpy garments. “It's nice to see chess players with short skirts — they are very pretty girls. But I believe there should still be some limit.”
No limit! But I doubt it is only due to the spectators; I suspect some really serious players feel distracted.
Researchers have begun to explore the cognitive impairment that men experience before and after interacting with women. A 2009 study demonstrated that after a short interaction with an attractive woman, men experienced a decline in mental performance. A more recent study suggests that this cognitive impairment takes hold even w hen men simply anticipate interacting with a woman who they know very little about.