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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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Those who play chess do it for the fun of it, not to satisfy the fevered dreams of some gender-centric ideologue. Why is there this ceaseless push to pathologize social circles populated by men? There is nothing stopping you crybullies in building the chess clubs of your own desires. Quit treating society like a petri dish and humans like cattle!!


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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 most of the great female chess players I meat had a family history of active chess playing parents. Which is not a very wide audience, but a chess club certainly ...


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In France, there are women only team championships but not all women chess players supports them. Here is the point of view of Mathilde Choisy (WFM, FIDE 2181), in French http://echecsetmixte.fr/?p=665 The main points are : If you want to make progress, don't think about women competitions, think bigger and aim for results in "general" competitions. A ...


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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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It would seem not. According to this document from FIDE: Qualification for the 2019 Women’s Candidates Tournament 3.1. Players who qualify for the Women’s Candidates Tournament are determined according to the following criteria, in order of priority: Women’s World Championship KO 2018; Three (3) players who reach the semi-finals of the 2018 Women’...


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The website http://www.chessgames.com is usually good for historical games. In particular, it has many games from the players you mention.


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