Chess Union Warns Women: No Cleavage
European Chess Union tells gals to button up
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2012 2:47 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Maybe this classic Austin Powers scene has affected chess championship rules? Whatever the reason, the European Chess Union has ruled that female players will have to button their shirts from now on, Time reports. "Décolletés [the French word for cleavage] are partly covered in our regulations, which state that in respect to shirts the second from the top button may also be opened, in addition to the very top button," says ECU general secretary Sava Stoisavljevic.

In an interview with ChessBase.com, Stoisavljevic adds that the union may follow other companies in restricting the shortness of skirts—to two or four inches above the knee, for example: "I can see that there are many players here who wear very short skirts. It's nice to see chess players with short skirts—they are very pretty girls. But I believe there should still be some limit."