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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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Sorry, but the answer is "no". I used ChessBase and the Mega 2020 database to search various combinations of players, focusing primarily on Women's World Champions, Judit Polgar, Hou Yifan, Vera Menchik from the 1920's and 1930's, Lyudmila Rudenko, Elisaveta Bykova, Olga Rubtsova, Nona Gaprindashvili, and Maia Chiburdanidze. I stopped after Maia ...


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I think an important aspect to consider is the audience of the show. For the Champions Chess Tour, chess24 has two English language shows; one with Houska and David Howell targeted to a more casual audience, the other with Tania Sachdev and Peter Leko that is aimed towards an audience that is more familiar with chess terminology and concepts. I think a ...


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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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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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This answer is mainly intended as an exposition of PhishMaster's answer, which I'm confident is correct, if we treat the OP as only including serious games (this excludes random games on the internet which nobody recorded the moves of). In recorded chess history, men have been significantly stronger than women. The gap is usually quite large, for example as ...


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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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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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Another woman to add to the list of close, but not quite, is Pia Cramling. She drew with Kasparov in the Under 16 World Championship in 1976. She defeated Korchnoi in 1984 and again in 1995, in a Women - Veterans tournament. She defeated Smyslov in 1995 and 1998, in Women - Veterans tournaments She defeated Spassky in the 1996 Women - Veterans tournament.


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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 I would suggest you do which will allow you to get these statistics for yourself is to go to the FIDE ratings advanced search page. There you can choose options like: rating 2400 - 3000 sex: both exclude inactive: tick and you will get the answer "2184" followed by a list of players and their details. Repeat this with "sex: female" and you will get ...


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First, let's clear up a misunderstanding. Women and men are rated on the same scale, with the same formula. A woman with a FIDE rating of 2400 can be assumed to be equally matched with a man with the same 2400 rating. FIDE merely defines four titles that are only available for women. In general, woman can and do participate in tournaments against men. ...


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I think WFM Rodrigo is correct when she says that the reasons are statistical and that having fewer female players means having far fewer players at the top. If you assume that males and females have the same mean and standard deviation (we shall see soon that this assumption is false) and you draw the two normal curves you see that the curve with fewer ...


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according to Wikipedia she also holds the more prestigious international master title It's perhaps worth starting by identifying the difference between an IM and WGM title. According to the latest FIDE regulations - FIDE Title Regulations effective from 1 July 2017: 1.48 Performance Rating (Rp) In order to achieve a norm, a player must perform at a level ...


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(this is my opinion, this is a purely opinion-based that some would say should be closed but I prefer to just give my answer) It seems unfair and discriminatory to allow someone into the Candidates just because they are a woman or junior. The recent winners of both championships are also so far off the level of the Candidates that they just wouldn't belong ...


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I think the winning tactical combination is the following:


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Note: This addresses the previous revision of the question w/c said 'Women need less ELO to obtain the same title than men.' It's not the same title. Women Grandmaster (WGM) for example is clearly less prestigious than GM because the requirements are lower. FIDE isn't giving out the same title to women who have less knowledge than men, they are giving out ...


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According to Olimpbase, Marina Lazic first appeared in the FIDE rating lists as a Yugoslav player in July 1982 with a rating of 1840. She improved to a rating of 2230 in the January and July 1996 lists and her last known rating was 2205 in July 1998. Her FIDE Id was 910562. No date of birth given. There is a Serbian player with the same FIN called ...


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Tatyana Sergeeva (Татьяна Сергеева) and Lyazzat Tazhieva (Ляззат Тажиева) are representatives of Soviet/Kazakhstan school of chess. According to this article from sports.kz, GM Bolat Asanov says: В 1996 году в мировом рейтинге женская сборная Казахстана занимала 8-9-е места. К сожалению, победная цепь разорвалась. Резервы «не поспели» и не смогли ...


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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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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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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 have looked at sources in Spanish (mainly Cuban) and most of them purport the same story (similar to that presented in the question) copied and pasted. However, a couple of sources present a somewhat different story. An article in the journal Tribuna de La Habana says (my translation): With humility and pride she always kept in her memory the two ...


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Perhaps worth noting why the question has attracted down votes. If you hover your mouse over the down arrow it starts off by saying :This question does not show any research effort". It is worth pointing out that one of the best places to start your research is this forum. Searching for questions about candidate master titles gives a number of useful ...


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what is this database please? The database I use is an SQL Server database I built several years ago using data downloaded from Olimpbase for the years 1967-2001 and the FIDE download page for 2001 to today. Note that while the Olimpbase link I have given is for one zip file containing all the data 1967 to 2001. The FIDE page, however, requires you to ...


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I think there is no doubt that the answer is "yes". The question is whether they are particularly successful at it, or not; and whether they have to supplement tournament winnings with other activities like teaching. In addition, a common use of the term "professional" in sports is if someone gets paid, and the Grand Prix consists of four events with prizes ...


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I have found a source in Spanish that is like the cuban enciclopedia and tells that those games were played in simultaneous games. https://www.ecured.cu/Mar%C3%ADa_Teresa_Mora_Iturralde


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This is not exactly the same thing, but on chess.com, they have allowed the women and the junior speed chess champion to be seeded into the open tournament. Well, the two women, who have played, Hou Yifan, and Elena Danielian have both been crushed by record scores, 27.-2.2 and 27-2 respectively. The other day, Wei Yi got destroyed by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ...


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Like @Brian Towers, I suggest using FIDE data. However, I suggest you to download instead the full rating lists and analyse them using some kind of statistical software (like R). According to the FIDE rating list of September 2015 there are 128196 active players, 12320 of which are women, almost 10%. As you can see in the graph below, the proportion of ...


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The current and 9-time British women's champion hself (or perhaps I should really say 'herself' to emphasise the women's championship) says on twitter: The short answer is I’m proud of both titles and I don’t mind which one is used. I always refer to myself as an IM..but there are situations where saying (or writing) WGM just fits better (because it sounds ...


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