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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 agenda. It's about the fact that there exists an active discouraging attitude towards women in the chess world. Namely, the disrespectful attitude that players ...


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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, but I am not convinced that this needs to be looked at as a gender issue. I do think that it is beneficial to kids, in general, and it is necessary to start ...


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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 there aren't more women playing chess? What do you think could be done to change that? Does it even bother you at all?" If the statistics that get thrown around ...


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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 fair players but neither even came to a tournament I ran. And that is okay.


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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 way to improve your chess than discussing a game with your opponent afterwards. It appears you're talking about "Skakklubben 1968" in Århus, Denmark. It appears ...


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One thing i would consider is starting with endgames. Give them a king and queen against your king and a few pawns for starters, and then move to other piece combinations. This will help ingrain the piece movements and they will always be starting with an advantage and will feel accomplished when they figure it out. Also, this will help in teaching ...


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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) = 15.56%. However there is considerable variation between different federations. Looking at federations with more than 1200 active players we see female ...


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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 with 20 guys and a male teacher. Yeah, that ain't going to work.


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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 federation (NCF) will likely need to recognize your club to allow you to participate in national team tournaments. I would like to give the members FIDE ...


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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 power of the two rooks. You could maybe play out a position from the Kramnik-Leko match 2004.


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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 international chess - World Championships Candidates tournaments Continental Championships Olympiads It is the job of the national federations to promote chess at the ...


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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 in a lounge area that's not super busy but with decent foot traffic. We update our meeting times every academic quarter/semester to work around our classes and ...


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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 majority kids, but in any case there should be somebody at comparable level to yours. Any level is "club level", so don't be scared. Just hanging around a chess ...


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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 dynamic and fun, especially if you can show the game on a big screen with some good commentary. Another idea is to have the clock on an separate table so you always ...


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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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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 look outside of chess to other communities and find out what has worked and what has not. This question is far from unique to chess. To perhaps start the search, ...


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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 be no organized tournaments. Should anyone bother to promote chess other than FIDE? There are tens of thousands of chess clubs in the world. Suggesting that ...


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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 rapidly expand to 500 approved FIDE Clubs worldwide by 2017. Currently there are 33. You need to pay for this AND have approval from your National Chess ...


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Here is a story that was on the web some years ago, but seems to no longer be available. An elementary school teacher formed a chess club in the school. According to him, around fourth grade, the girls in the club started dropping out because they tended to be more interested in communication and cooperation than in competition.  And around fifth grade, ...


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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 few who don't have their own. The club is 9 years old. We started with 2 players and have been averaging about a dozen players for the past few years. I rarely ...


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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 tend to have a network effect. You have to get the word of your club out there as much as possible, as there may be people who are interested but just don't ...


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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 fair exhibit, for example.) The idea is two players who call out the moves and one or two volunteers who walk around on top of the board and move the pieces. ...


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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 need a contract in this country, because there is no commitment to continue paying. This money goes toward renting the club space and hosting tournaments. In ...


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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 kind of legal foundation. And there are other issues like whether it is allowed to play for several clubs, whether you get a national rating or an Elo and what ...


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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 any chess player , reading the following book is a must. It is the BIBLE of Chess. The book is named MY 60 MEMORABLE GAMES by Bobby Fischer. Watching these ...


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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 parameters into a final score, nevertheless I'm curious how the list of best chess cities would look like. I would expect Moscow to be clear number one (many ...


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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 small local tournaments that are difficult to learn about from the internet. Besides, you might be able to participate in team league competitions.


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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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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 club to any online playing if at all possible. Much can be learned from watching two stronger players review a game they played in-the-flesh or review one of your ...


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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 dragging pieces may not work. Instead you should tap the piece to move and then disconnect your hand and tap the target square separately.


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