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Men's/Women's chess--why?

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #21


    I'd like to see some of you yayhoos tell Grandmasters Judit Pulgar or Alexandra Kosteniuk or IM Irina Krush that they don't have  anaylatical minds. Women play just as well as men when they chose to dedicate themselves to the game. However, most women have enough common sense (a female trait?) not to waste their time enslaved to a game.  I'm appalled at the level chauvinism shown on this post. I suspect a lot of the writers believe women cannot be doctors or lawyers or or police officers either --or president.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #22


    The female brain is PHYSICALLY different to the male brain.


  • 6 years ago · Quote · #23


    men might get distracted.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #24


    stanhope13 wrote:

    wast of time.

    Apparently school was a wast of time for you. Don't bother posting if you're not going to contribute anything.


    As for the brains being wired differently, that may be true but I think any amount of dedication completely overshadows that.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #25


    I  hate to break this to you guys but basic biology regarding the difference in the brains of the two genders is wishful thinking. The human body as well as the brain in the beginning of life is by default "female". What happens is that at a certain number of weeks during the birth process, it is determined that this individual will be born a male. As such, an instruction is sent out in the mother's body to begin to release testerone into the fetus as part of the process to reprogram both the body to become a male as well as reprogram the brain to that typical of a male brain.

    There is much speculation in scientific circles that there will be times that something goes wrong in the process of change from the "female" default to that of it's new assignment to one masculine. The body itself might be reprogrammed to be masculine but the mind itself is not completely reprogrammed correctly because there is not enough testosterone released for the conversion process.

    This is why you will occasionally find an individual born as a male body but feeling feminine thoughts and feeling like a woman trapped in a man's body. This is just a theory and given the delicate balance during the early weeks of development it is not possible to test if this has actually been the case.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #26


    What is all this nonsense about women's brains and men's brains. These are just generalities. 'Women generally live longer than men; can multi-task better, better at nurturing, etc, etc.'  We really have to be careful about general statements, as they are often proved not to apply in certain circumstances. The more I learn about men and women, the more I question some of these general assumptions.  Just as we have now had to face the fact that some of the old assumptions about, for example, race is now stuff and nonsense!

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #27


    I really don't believe the differences between the male and female brain are enough to warrant separate competitions for each gender. Say you have two basketball players, one 6 feet tall, and one 6'1. Either one could beat the other, even though the taller one has the advantage, it really doesn't matter much. Different 'brain types' are even less important. It's logical to have seperate competitions for physical sports, but with chess, it matters little.

    As for why there are so few female chess players, I'd say it is simply because most sports are dominated by men. Yes, there are women who have distinguished themselves, but it is men who receive most of the publicity. I feel that this is misogyny not directed toward just chess players or other competitors, but rather a general attitude toward women.

    And by the way, my chess teacher is a woman.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #28


    I seriously doubt that science was taken in consideration. It was simply sexism a long time ago and maybe not enogh people complained so nothing changed. It's really that simple.
  • 2 years ago · Quote · #29


    Both genders possess quote Masucline and feminine qualities ..we are both logical and emotional...it's in what ratio shining through what body...written by a female crappy new chess player that's going to eventually kick your ass:)

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #30


    Women are inferior to men in most things including chess LOL

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #31


    Oh gee, I was hoping someone would start a thread like this!

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #32


    i was brought up to believe that women and men are equal.

    this is in serious conflict with what i have experienced so far. see my thread "will there ever be a female chess champion?"

    i guess women have to accept  the general opinion of them being inferior chess players until one of them gets the title. what do you think?

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #33


    batgirl wrote:

    Oh gee, I was hoping someone would start a thread like this!

    It was started 5 years ago, but apparently people in general don't care about the topic, considering that the thread now has 2 pages of comments over 5 years.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #34


    Batgirl, yes, these threads bring out some of the best intelligent, analytical debates.

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #35


    It is rather simple; the western world has been patriarchal for thousands of years. So it takes an exceptional woman to break into "men's" tournaments or go to a "smoky club" for practice. Feminists (of all genders) have been trying for decades to turn this dynamic around, with only limited success. For now, the world is losing the possibility to study nearly half the creativity and intelligence available. The answer is not of course matriarchy, but the partnership model implying equality. In the best of all worlds it will be a non-issue.

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #36


    Some men would feel embarrased and threatened  if a woman won the championship in the same league. That is why it will never happen.

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #37


    There is no such thing as men division for chess. There is the open ans women. If some women feel that they rather compete in women only event then what is the problem? As long as there is open for all it does not make any diffrence

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #38


    If not now, it will happen...I know of a good deal of women chess players

    ...I have been playing for years...gave it up because I was bored...saw this site 2 years ago...haven't left since...Some women learn from this site and play ad good as ANYBODY.

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #39


    Because the Patriarchy boogey men keep them out.  Oooh, that reminds me, I still have to attend an Organization of Patriarchal Boogey Men meeting one of these days. 

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #40


    So are women's chess tournaments are small ponds containing medium-sized fish?

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