Kosteniuk wrote:Don't forget physiological reasons: men can much easier afford to focus only on one thing in life. If a boy decides to play chess professionally, or at least give it a few years to "try his luck", he can think only about chess, wake up and go to bed with only chess in his mind. On the other hand, one cannot contest that girls by their nature must have a different approach to life, probably mostly due to their biological "clock", girls must start early to think about founding a family or else it will be too late, and those are precisely the young years that you need to become strong at chess.
We should also understand that competitive sports is not something that many women like to do since it's very nervous and physically demanding, and requires constant travel.
Physical strength and therefore the ability to concentrate and thus not to make mistakes is higher in men's chess and that's also another reason why, in the long term, men are showing greater results.
Alex Holowczak wrote:The Women's tournament in London gave an opportunity they would never have had if they were men - they would have to play in the Open if they were going to play at all
Gary Cook wrote:Alex Holowczak wrote:The Women's tournament in London gave an opportunity they would never have had if they were men - they would have to play in the Open if they were going to play at all
Not sure I fully understand this - The Women's tournament only gave them the opportunity to play other women. Other than eight elite men all the rest of the players only had the chance to play in the Open so what was so bad about playing in it. Jovanka Houska played in the Open and came 2nd (had she played in the Women's only event she would have been seeded one).
Gary Cook wrote:Women's titles gives women the chance to attain second-class achievements that only a small percentage of chess players are eligible for.
Ben Purton wrote:Deary me , this forum needs a Electric Six song in the background..
Chevannes wrote:Also, the UK Chess Challenge was mentioned as a negative point for women's chess? I think that this is possibly the best tournament for junior girls to play in. The path to the final is NOT easier than for men either. When I played in this tournament, I qualified from my school/club, just like everyone else and then played in the megafinal along with the boys just like everyone else. The gigafinal however, was just girls, but why is this easier? Then the terafinal is mixed too. How do we receive more money?? The original "Top Girls" prize in the UK Chess Challenge is no longer! It is now a reciprocal prize since girls have been very close to winning the whole thing several times. Surely if a girl comes in the top 5 of that tournament then it means she is in the top 5 of the best juniors in that competition, regardless of sex? She has still had to beat several boys to get there. It's not like she only plays against girls and then her points count towards the "boys" competition.
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