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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Chess and Women

Today while surfing the net I came upon a very interesting article by Edward Winter about chess and women. This article consists of various quotes of different books and magazines about women and chess. Here is, for example, how a famous chess player Savielly Tartakower in 1921 explained why, in his opinion, women played worse than men: "The only reason why women have not yet achieved virtuosity in the field of chess is probably that chess is not a proper art but also depicts a battle with the aspiration of victory; attainment of victory always calls for a certain ruthlessness, which is precisely a feature far too little present in the fair sex.".

The full article can be read here.

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion



  • At June 15, 2009 at 4:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think that intellectually women can equal men, but to be a chess champion you need to sacrifice most of your waking hours to study chess, which is not possible for a woman to do, or at least easier for a man to do.


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