Since the beginning of the outbreak, chess websites worldwide report a 50% increase in activity and the amount of games being played online.
Ziv believed in chess as an educational tool and led his son in his first steps in the field before he was killed at the age of 35.
Hejazipour added that the hijab serves as lucid representation of a set of beliefs that designate women as "the second sex."
This year 64 competitors took part in the U-6 tournament.
Iran’s top rated chess champion would be the country's second sports figure in recent months to renounce his citizenship over pressures on Iranian athletes to forego matches with Israeli competitors.
For the first time, Israel is hosting the International Chess Federation [FIDE] championship.
Growing up with a chess-playing dad
The event will be held in the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, with the tournament employing a knock-out format starting with 16 players.
Tehran consistently pressures its representatives in all international competitions to avoid facing Israeli opponents.
David Berman believes that learning the ancient board game at an early age can be life-changing.