When she was nine years old, Shohreh Bayat’s father took out a chess set and taught her how to play

When she was nine years old, Shohreh Bayat’s father took out a chess set and taught her how to play. He picked it because it was one of the few sports where he could watch his daughter compete: swimming, even football, would have been out of the question under the laws of the Islamic Republic. She excelled. Within a few years Bayat was ranked No 1 in Iran for her age. Soon afterwards she joined the national team — representing her country across the world. She loved the mental gymnastics of chess, the depth, the endless combinations of moves. Another … Continue reading When she was nine years old, Shohreh Bayat’s father took out a chess set and taught her how to play