Simon Dixon wrote:
A good event which looked like it went well apart from the lack of players for the the U14, U16 and U18 sections which were lumped together.
I was disappointed to see s*x discrimination rearing its ugly head, which is not what you would expect since it is usually women who campaign against this kind of thing. Booting the men and boys out of the coaching room was going a bit too far IMO.
What do you propose to do next? ban fathers and brothers from attending future events.
I've no idea what to make of this post other than negativity for the sake of it. Surely the organisers should be applauded for holding these events that get more girls playing chess and the fact that they have also introduced organised coaching for all juniors at the recent e2e4 event in Sunningdale is also a good thing. They are trying to encourage a minority group to play more which seems to be something that should be applauded not criticised.
Considering the quote started with "A good event" doesn't seem negative to me, it just seems he was pointing out some areas for improvement, for example improving the depth of teenage girls participating, though the second comment seems a bit worrying, I would have expected the males at the congress would have been brothers/fathers of participating girls so banning them from the coaching seems a little petty as I would expect their strength would have been quite low