54 ( +1 | -1 ) World ChampionshipI've just been reading up on the recent developments in the chess world regarding the world championship, and finally getting the various different competitions to unite.
However, the proposals concentrate on the male championship. They even go as far as to state that the female champions should only get half the prize money as the males.
Why? Last time I checked, there was absolutely no reason to figure that females are any less capable of playing chess. Why even have a split at all? Why not just have one world championship cycle?
142 ( +1 | -1 ) There is only one woman at the moment with any realistic chance of competing for the world championship, Judit Polgar. And even she would be unlikely to take the title. There's "technically" no reason why women shouldn't be as adept at chess as men. IQs for women are even slightly higher on average than those for men; however, whether from nature or nurture women have had less success in fields such as mathematics or chess. Verbally we progress (on average, of course) faster than do men and reach a higher peak, but with spatial or quantitative thinking, we sadly fall somewhat behind. Whether this will remain so depends on whether the reason for this is bias in education or real differences in brain design.
Of course, there are many strong women chess players, reaching Grandmaster and IM level, including not only Polgar but Xie Jun and others who could beat 99% of the world's male chess players (on gameknot there are several women in the top 2 or 3%, and one, DJ222, in the top 10) but we (women) have too few real players among the elite to prove any challenge for the world championship title. Separation between male and female championships is, I believe, correct-- otherwise, the numerous well-known female players who are not at Polgar's level (Zhu Chen and others, such as the numerous strong Ukrainian women players) would rarely or ever be heard from again...
71 ( +1 | -1 ) another very promising female player..Is India's Koneru Humpy, who recently achieved her final GM norm at the tender age of 15, a few months younger than Judit at the same point. She's got a good shot at hitting the Super-GM level.
An interesting thought: I wonder what kind of link there is between IQ and chess playing ability. Obviously a total cretin is unlikely to become a powerful master, but i've always been of the opinion that IQ is really only a good indicator of how well the person in question will score on IQ tests. One skill many of the great masters possess is incredible memory; another is amazing spacial talents ( like the ability to visualize many boards in "blindfold" chess ).
116 ( +1 | -1 ) Sarah, Interesting. I didn't really consider that having a female-only world title would perhaps attract women to the game. I don't think that there is any significant physical reason to think that males would outperform females. Educational bias is probably more of an influence.
However, the articles I read were discussing this in the context attracting sponsorship. That is, there was a concern that without sponsorship the world championship would be unable to raise a prize fund that would keep the best players in the game. So the argument seemed to be that the two would help each other. Big names mean big TV ratings, and big media corporations can afford big prize funds, which keeps the big names and round we go again. The comments about the women's competition seemed to imply that they would not attract such sponsorship, so it was acceptable that they should miss out on big prizes.
Perhaps its a bit of a circular argument, but surely if women were given the chance to compete for the same status, it would attract even more of them.
165 ( +1 | -1 ) TO RUSSELLWILTSHIREQUIT SUCKING UP TO WOMEN!POST THE LINK ON THE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP THAT FIDE IS PLANNING ON WOMEN CHAMPIONS TO GET HALF THE PRIZE MONEY AS THE MALES! 1ST:WOMEN WERE NEVER AND HAVE NEVER BEEN BANNED FROM PLAYING IN A WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP!OR ANY OTHER CHESS TOURNAMENT TO MY KNOWLEDGE SANCTIONED BY THE WORLD CHESS FEDERATION OR THE USCF!NOW THIS HOW THE PRIZES SHOULD BE IN ALL TOURNAMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH TOP HARDCORE COMPETITION SHALL BE AND WILL BE! #1:A WORLD(FIDE) OFFICIAL(24)GAME CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP TO DETERMINE A OFFICIAL WORLD CHAMPION!BASED UPON INTERZONAL,ZONAL AND CANDIDATES MATCHES AS IT WAS DONE IN THE PAST A(3)YEAR CYCLE TO DETERMINE WHO SHALL BE THE CHALLENGER!THE TIME CONTROLS WILL BE LONG TIME CONTROLS WITH(1)EXCEPTION(8)TIME CONTROLS PER GAME! NONE OF THIS SO-CALLED SPEEDED BALONY TIME CONTROLLS.IF A WOMEN OR A YOUNGSTER OBTAINS THE CRITERIA AND THE SKILL TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A CHESS CHAMPION SO BE IT!I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT! #2.A WOMENS(24)GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHALL BE RUN THE SAME WAY! #3.A MANS(24)GAME WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP SHALL BE RUN THE SAME WAY! #4.THERE SHOULD BE VARIOUS AGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ALSO! AND ACCORDING TO VARIOUS DICIPLINES OF THE SCIENCES SUCH AS BIOLOGY AND BRAIN RESEARCH MEN DO EXCELL IN MATHEMATICS AND ANY ANALYTICAL SUBJECTS AND WOMEN PREVAIL AS A WHOLE IN ENGLISH AND VERBAL OREINTED DISCIPLINES!NOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE TOOK(5)OF THE WEAKEST MEN GRANDMASTERS AND HAD THEM COMPETE AGAINST ALL THE STRONGEST FEMALE PLAYERS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? #5.THERE SHOULD BE A YEARLY PRELIMINARY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP THE OFFICIAL WORLD CHAMPION HAS THE RIGHT TO PLAY IN IT ALSO!