SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
HOW FAIR IS WOMEN’S CHESS ?
I have to admit to belong to that segment of the chess playing population that has not been following how FIDE is promoting top-level women’s chess. There is such a mess in men’s chess that I have had , up to now, little inclination to investigate this topic. I do, however, know that there is a separate women’s Grand Prix–with good prizes–filled with mediocre skilled ( with a few notable exceptions) BUTT attractive specimens of the female sex. I had always just assumed that as far as qualifying for these tournaments skill was a more important criterium than charm, but today’s chessbase blog argues that it might not be so…!
”Women’s chess is relatively neglected as compared to men’s. If you ask a typical chess fan what the Women’s Grand Prix is and who qualifies for it, the answer will usually be silence….
Only ten players were invited to the Grand Prix on a competitive basis, thirteen more were granted wild cards of some sort. Summarizing, about 57% of the players are participating in the Grand Prix not due to having great chess skills, but simply because a certain FIDE official likes them…
Don’t get me wrong, I have no intentions of hurting the feelings of any of the participants. The one thing I am protesting against is that sports are supposed to be fair, while modern top-level women’s chess isn’t.”
Peter Zhdanov today on ChessBase