Should Women's Chess Titles Be Scrapped?

Should Women's Chess Titles Be Scrapped?

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Oct 15, 2009, 12:24 PM |
45 | Chess Politics

Women only chess events and women's chess titles - are they an invaluable help in promoting the women's game among commercial sponsors and providing opportunities for female chess players, or do they segregate talented women players into a self-perpetuating ghetto, a step below the very best (male) Grandmasters?

The Wall Street Journal has published a column suggesting that women's titles should be abolished, calling them "anachronistic and demeaning".

Only Judith Polgar (pictured) has ever proved herself capable of playing alongside the very best Grandmasters, and she did it by exclusively taking on men, rather than playing in women only tournaments.  So are women-only tournaments also a bad idea?

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