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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...GHTTopCarousel

Note that somebody is finally noticing. Alisa Melekhina has her
picture in the Wall Street Journal.

Perhaps some day she will even get her picture in Chess Life magazine.

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The Wall Street Journal is, as usual, talking out of its arse.
You can never get rid of women. They are essential for the
continuation of humanity.

By the way, that **** David Copperfield talks out of his arse as well.
He said he would make the Statue of Liberty disappear, but it's still
there.
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WALL STREET JOURNAL ON WOMEN'S CHESS

Hou Yifan, a Chinese prodigy who earned the GM title at14 and
qualified for this year's coming World Cup, competes in women's events
to hone her skills. And given the current predominance of men at the
highest levels of chess, women's events and prizes provide economic
benefits that otherwise wouldn't be available. "Having both Open and
Women's divisions enables female players to earn money that helps them
continue their professional pursuits," says Bruce Pandolfini. "It will
take some time before women begin achieving grandmaster titles in
proportion to their representation in competitive chess. But there is
every reason to think they will. Lack of access to expert training
hindered the development of many female players in the past, since
most chess clubs were overwhelmingly male and sometimes hostile."

Ms. Krush, who learned the game from her dad at the age of five,
observes that girls may not naturally possess the "killer instincts"
that some boys exhibit, but they can be trained to be more attack-
oriented if they compete from childhood. She also pinpoints another
possible factor in the dearth of women at the top. "Chess is a pretty
solitary activity,"says Ms. Krush. "My feeling is that women overall
are not as fanatical about it as men. The Polgar sisters worked very
hard at chess from an early age, but it's rare to see women being
encouraged to do that or even wanting to do that. Women . . .
[believe] there are other things in life."

THIS CRAZY WORLD OF CHESS by GM Larry Evans

Men who play seriously vastly outnumber women. To remedy this
imbalance FIDE holds segregated events and maintains separate rating
lists based on gender, but does this policy help or hinder women? Some
critics contend that rewarding mediocrity or lowering the bar is not
the answer.

USCF treasurer Timothy Hanke said: "I, for one, am sick of the
whining. If organizers want to offer inducements to encourage more
women, so be it. But if chess isnít a level playing field, I donít
know what is. So letís not pretend barriers exist."

One reader noted: "Iím just as offended by womenís chess as by using
dice to determine which move we make. Itís a slap in the face to
intellectual merit."

Another reader: "Clearly, you canít support separate titles and prizes
for girls and then blather about equality."

Walter Tevis, author of The Hustler and The Queenís Gambit opined: "I
think it would be good if women donít play in womenís tournaments at
all. Doing so only reinforces the notion of their inferiority. I would
like to see chess be a sexless game."

Indeed, everyone knows you can only get good by facing the best. Chess
doesnít need affirmative action.















samsloan wrote:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...GHTTopCarousel

Note that somebody is finally noticing. Alisa Melekhina has her
picture in the Wall Street Journal.

Perhaps some day she will even get her picture in Chess Life magazine.

Sam Sloan

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