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Natalia Pogonina on myths surrounding women's chess

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Monday, 26 July 2010

"Married women always castle to the right"

Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina addresses some of the myths about women's chess
Interviewer: Mikhail Khomitch, ProSport magazine

1. During the WC match Anand had a famous female grandmaster on his team, that's why he emerged victorious.

This might as well be true! There is so much secrecy about these matches...After all, Kasparov, Carlsen and Kramnik did help him.

2. Carlsen brings a plastic bag to every game, while women players carry around Birkin bags and chihuahua dogs.

Carlsen indeed favors the plastic bag. Women's tastes differ: it may be Birkin, it may be Gucci. Carrying a dog with you is no good though - will distract one more than a vuvuzela.

3. When packing up for a tournament, female players take a evening dresses for each round.

Most chess players are well-groomed and always take some nice clothes with them, including an evening dress. Not for each day though, of course.

4. While the opponent is thinking, female players pull out a mirror and start fixing their make-up.

If something is wrong (e.g. with the hair-style), a female chess player may become nervous and blunder something. It's better to go out to the wash-room though to fix it.

5. Plain Janes play with double vigor against beauties.

Only if they have psychological complexes about it. Also, there are no unattractive girls in chess.

6. When FIDE ratings are calculated, women get additional points for being beautiful.

FIDE won't employ this rule, otherwise there will be no men on top of the ratings!

7. Judit Polgar is jealous of other women who try to play men.

No, not at all. It's well known that she supports female emancipation.

8. The Polgar sisters are in reality Polgar brothers.

Omg! No, they are great sisters. Chess would have been miserable without them.

9. Married women always castle to the right and single - to the left (in Russian "to go to the left" means "commit adultery" - 

All female players are so reckless they castle both right and left!

10. The chief judge of a recent beauty contest among female chess players was Kasparov.

It would be great to hold such a contest, especially with Kasparov in charge. Garry is an expert when it comes to women's beauty!

11. Women don't play blitz since they are afraid of breaking a nail.

On the contrary, women are quite proficient at blitz - a long nail may help make an extra move!

12. Women chess players have pink chess boards and pieces with embedded crystals.

Alas, no. But some of us own pink laptops!

13. Blonde girls have difficulties grasping the rules of the game.

Yes, that's a well-known fact. Thus, they have to make them up during the game!

14. Kosteniuk and Morozevich are aruging all the time who the sex-symbol of Russian chess is.

Well, they seem to be of different sex, no? Btw, in chess you don't often hear about gay grandmasters, our sport is very traditional!

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