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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

Addendum to address the misunderstandings that have become apparent in the comments: What is being discussed here, is not to encourage women to play chess against their will or to fulfill some other ...
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

Before I start, I will quote "Batgirl" who responded to a similar question on chess.com: "Why do you think it's necessary to have more ladies playing chess?" I think if someone is interested, great, ...
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

Here's an idea: why don't you ask them? Just find some women and ask them: "Are you interested in chess at all? No? Why not? You are? Then why aren't you involved in tournaments? Why do you think ...
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

Maybe, for the most part, people are people and some like chess and some do not. Worrying about gender is irrelevant. People doing what they like, does not need to be "fixed." My wife and daughter are ...
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Should I join a chess club?

You should try it. Over the board chess is a very different experience, the social aspect is a lot of fun and the level of concentration required very different from online. Also there is no better ...
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How does a chess club become recognized by FIDE?

What would it take for the club to be recognized by FIDE? FIDE does not recognize chess clubs (except perhaps maybe for club world cup competitions?). Depending on your country, your national chess ...
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

According to the statistics, which can be extracted from the latest FIDE players list, female participation rate in FIDE rated chess (100 x No. of active female players / No. of active players) = 15....
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

Get female teachers to teach chess. Find somebody that can inspire other women. Give them a safe space. The worst thing you can do is invite women to play chess, and then they show up to a class ...
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Unlearning myths from the mind of an experienced club player

Teach him by showing example positions that you can play out against each other. There is a big difference between being told that two rooks are often stronger than a queen and really experiencing the ...
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Who is best at promoting chess?

Simple answer: it is everybody's job to promote chess. FIDE stands for "Fédération Internationale des Échecs" which stands for "International Chess Federation". It is their job to promote ...
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Should I join a chess club?

Every chess club I know has players of different strength starting from beginners to (depending on the club) master players. Sk1968 seems to be no exception. The lower rated players might be in the ...
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How can I make a chess exhibition exciting for 'laypeople'?

What always comes across as pretty impressive, is blindfold chess. But of course "wow"ing people is different from convincing them something is fun. I also think blitz usually comes across as ...
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What activities should we set up in a chess club?

I run a chess club at my college. We have two meetings a week, 2 hours each, one run by myself and one run by someone else. We have a locker for our chess boards, mats and clocks and a meeting place ...
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

Look at it from a broader perspective. Address the bad behavior wherever it appears, regardless of who it is being aimed at.
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

I landed on this topic from the sidebar on the right, so I'm not a member of the competitive chess community, but I am familiar with this question from other games and hobbies. My suggestion is to ...
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Does chess need promoting at all?

Does chess need promoting at all? The only way a chess tournament happens is if one or more people organize it. If nobody promotes chess then there will only be sporadic individual games. There will ...
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How does a chess club become recognized by FIDE?

Unfortunately JiK is just plain wrong! FIDE accredited clubs (called FIDE academies) are all over the world. According to FIDE representatives in the FIDE Trainers' Commission they are looking to ...
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What activities should we set up in a chess club?

I also run a chess club, in Durham, NC. We meet once a week on Saturdays in the local library, which lets us use their facilities free. We have a small number of of sets and roll-up boards for those ...
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How can I keep my chess club interesting and bring more people to it?

Actually, I've been in a pretty similar position as you and there were a couple of things I found helped the popularity of my school's chess club. The most important thing is promotion because clubs ...
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Do you sign papers when joining a chess club?

In the United States, this would be very uncommon. I've belonged to many clubs, and I have never signed a contract of any sort. They typically collect annual membership fees, and for that you do not ...
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Do you sign papers when joining a chess club?

Yes, usually you sign papers when you join a club. After all you commit yourself to paying the membership fee (even if in your case there is none) and for a financial commitment there has to be some ...
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How can I make a chess exhibition exciting for 'laypeople'?

As a variant on the "live chess" thing, one exhibition that we used to do was to use large (and sometimes fanciful) pieces. (I remember doing one with a piece set based on farm animals for a state ...
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clubs -> tournaments?

Yes, even if the club does not formally inform you of tournaments, you would most likely learn about them by talking to other players. Also most clubs would organize club only tournaments and other ...
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clubs -> tournaments?

Yes, chess clubs usually inform their players about tournaments organized in the vicinity. Anyway, you can ask any particular club about its policy before joining it.
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Should I join a chess club?

You should never be ashamed of playing or losing a chess game - each loss is an opportunity to learn something. Chess clubs are the bread and butter of the social chess scene. You should prefer a ...
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Unlearning myths from the mind of an experienced club player

You can try and show him the games played by legendary players like Bobby Fischer, Paul Murphy, Emmanuel Lasker, Jose Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov etc. Moreover, for ...
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What constitutes a chess ecosystem?

The parameters I can think of: Number of Chess club members FIDE rated players FIDE titled players Grandmasters Female players Tournaments Seminars / lectures I'm not sure how to convert these ...
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Interactive Chess Whiteboard

Try using the chessboard on https://szachydzieciom.pl/?page_id=61146 in full screen mode (click the full screen icon). I know that in some schools in Poland it works well with touch whiteboards. But ...
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How can we make chess community welcoming to women/girls?

In my (somewhat outdated and German specific experience) there is only two ways to attract new young chess players to a club. This is family ties and community building (youth work). Incidentally ...
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What is the origin of chess clubs?

Very interesting indeed. Although French, Philidor was in London for some time and virtually all the listed subscribers are clearly English, and book first edition is 1749 when he was there. It ...
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