“Many sport bodies are adopting their own policies,” she wrote.
She said that the organization would be “monitoring these developments and see how we can apply them to the world of chess.”
She added, “Two years is a scope of sight that seemed reasonable.”
The regulations do not mention a guarantee that transgender women would be admitted to women’s events after that two-year period.
“If you want to help women in chess, fight sexist and sexual violence, give women in chess more visibility and more money,” Yosha Iglesias, a French transgender woman and chess player, wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “Don’t use trans women players as scapegoats.”
The new regulations were also met by confusion online.
“All this raises questions for trans women fresh to the competitive chess circuit,” the writer Ana Valens said on the website The Mary Sue. “Because I don’t have any legal proof that I am a trans woman in the first place, it’s very likely I would not be allowed to play with other women. FIDE would likely treat me as a man.”
The federation’s Ethics and Disciplinary Code for 2022 states that it does not tolerate discrimination in chess on the basis of “race, gender, ethnic origin, color, culture, religion, political opinion, marital status, sexual orientation or any unfair or other irrelevant factor, except as permitted by law.”