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Recently the U.S. mens' and womens' chess championships were concluded. Is there any legitimate reason why in this enlightened age women still have to have their own championship? Women are obviously as intelligent, not to mention as competitive, as men. If it were a physical activity where strength were involved, it might begin to make sense, but since chess is a mental activity, what's the point of having separate venues for men and women? Judit Polgar, who to her credit would not participate in womens' tournaments, has proven the folly of this apparently sexist practice. Why aren't the powers that be paying attention?