Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby Geoff Chandler » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:30 pm

Hi

Not too sure if she was boosting her ego.
Her strategy is plain to see, she goes to the outside and stays
there for the first lap to keep out of trouble.
Poor Cheers had to go the long way around.

The last you see her is on the outside quite a way back.

Then what ever happened to get an F happened and she
came home most likely running on adrenalin.

If you ever see the run in you can hear some of the the crowd
shouting and booing but I think that because they did not know
it was a female rider and the circumstances.

As I mentioned there was some money 'ridding on her' to finish.

Horrible sport to get involved in Horse Racing.
You have to accept that some things happen and you have
to overcome it. I never could.

The gloom that covers a whole yard when an empty box returns
is awful. And the other horses seem to know, I know that
sounds soppy and silly...but they do.

There is a site that has been recording race horse deaths since 2007.
To date it is 664.
(a lot use that horrible word 'destroyed'. Our last horse was 'destroyed.'
It's not the correct term.)

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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby Michele Clack » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:27 pm

Worcestershire is helping to address the lack of women playing chess. We have just won the MCCU u120 championships with a team that is one third women i.e. 4 players out of 12. Two from Halesowen and two from Redditch.

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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby stevencarr » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:37 pm

I can't believe that not one poster mentioned the real reason why so few women play chess - misogyny.

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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby MartinCarpenter » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:13 am

Althhough some of that comes about from there being so few of them to start with etc.

In answer to the questions right at the start - yes there's a huge difference in numbers between social and competitive bridge. Social bridge is ~50/50 but genuine competitive bridge still has a substantial male majority.

Much healthier than in chess though - maybe 1/8 at county level etc. 'Social' chess doesn't really exist because the game doesn't support it terribly well.

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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby stevencarr » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:34 am

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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby stevencarr » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:34 am

And , sad to say, the number of female chess players is much healthier than the number of female trainspotters.

We have made big efforts to clean up our act in terms of removing sexism from the trainspotting scene, but this has not resulted in the progress we would have liked in terms of making trainspotting more attractive to women. We can't work out why.

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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby David Gilbert » Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:39 am

stevencarr wrote:And , sad to say, the number of female chess players is much healthier than the number of female trainspotters.

We have made big efforts to clean up our act in terms of removing sexism from the trainspotting scene, but this has not resulted in the progress we would have liked in terms of making trainspotting more attractive to women. We can't work out why.


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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby Matt Mackenzie » Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:58 pm

stevencarr wrote:I can't believe that not one poster mentioned the real reason why so few women play chess - misogyny.


Not sure if you are being sarcastic here - but either way, something not being explicitly mentioned doesn't stop it being the "elephant in the room".
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Re: Why do so few women play chess compared to bridge.

Postby Louise Sinclair » Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:05 pm

Misogyny in abundance. Women play chess on the internet speaking for myself.
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