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Chess is more sinful than gambling: Televangelist

The Turkish Chess Federation launched legal proceedings against a Turkish televangelist who recently claimed that

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The Turkish Chess Federation stated that it has launched legal proceedings against a Turkish televangelist who recently claimed that playing chess is more sinful than gambling, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

“The remarks of the person in question on chess in a video are unacceptable and have drawn a reaction from our community" the TSF said in a written statement.

The statement came in response to Ahmet Mahmut UnlU, popularly known as “Cubbeli Ahmet Hoca” (Robbed Ahmet Hoca), who claimed that chess players were “cursed."

“Playing chess is worse than gambling and eating pork ... People who play chess are more prone to lying than others. People who play chess may not say the shahada [declaration of Islamic belief] while they are dying,” UnlU said.