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Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes: readers' feedback

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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009

The article "Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes" has been very popular with,, and readers. Most of the feedback we have received included statements such as "stop your hatred against men", "this is feminist stuff", "women are just worse players than men, face it and try something else".

However, there were messages of a different kind. Here's a bright example:

Dear Natalia,

I have read your chess base article
( with great interest and saw some of
the typical, old-fashion reactions to it
( ). Sexism survives easiest in the
international chess world and in the Italian government, it seems.

In any event, we have addressed the stereotyping hypothesis scientifically and have found
overwhelming support for it (see attachment). Of course many more studies are needed
(unfortunately we have exhausted the Italian female chess pool so future studies have to
be run elsewhere).

Best regards
University of Padova

Here's the link to the scientific article, hope you will enjoy it:
Women and chess

Comments (3)
1. Written by on 02:22 10 2009 .
, , . ! , :grin
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 04:12 10 2009 .
Major change
Rio de Janeiro, 9 de julho de 2009.  
Ola, amiga Natalia!  
I am a "capivara" chess player from Brasil. Sorry about my bad English...  
I do agree with Peter's and your's words and, specially, with the conclusions of Anne Maass (et all) estudies. If women play men, their own stereotypes causes lower performance!!!  
The real problem: what you will do about it? 
I think that in order to contribute to the woman's chess, a tought player like you must do a major change in your chess career, playing more and more "absolute" tournaments and fighting expecially hard against the male players.  
The Polgars sisters did it (not only Judith) and achieved success. And a number of womans dit it (or is doing) so!  
You think you are not able to "sentar a porrada" in a 2600 male player? I think you are! If you not, please, read again the conclusions of Anne Maass (et all) estudies...  
Let's do it!  
Your big chess fan,  
Alvaro Frota
3. Written by Edo-San on 21:03 11 2009 .
Major change
I was looking at your game just posted in You made a notation about "harmonious" pieces and I thought that was well said. I have never heard a man player say that. I like your playing style very much. I'm a man (and just play for fun) but I think your comment was right to the point. I have been studying Tai-Chi for many years now and I found that some of my favorite teachers were women - because they really have to make use of Tai-Chi principles - since they are small and not muscular. Many men who study Tai-Chi are also small and not muscular. I found the women's style so "harmonious" and yet deadly. Anyway, just wanted to share that with you. Keep up the great work !

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