female n chess

Jan 11, 2008, 2:50 AM |
I just finished reading an extremely interesting article on the New York Times Website about the dearth of female players in chess. The article discussed how different people were attempting to raise awareness among female players.

This article started my brain churning, why is it that I go to my local chess club, and all the players are male? It is statistically improbable that women are more stupid than men at chess, so why is it that the majority of chess players are male?

My conclusion is that women are perhaps more susceptible to the predominant stereotype regarding the average chess player's mediocre physical and social condition. As a result of a want to not be included in this stereotype, women do not play chess as often as males.