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When I was a young lass I met a guy who was a very good chess player and I lost to him over and over and over again until I finally got better. He gave me a book of opening moves and that helped tremendously. Thanks to him, I am fairly good at chess these days, meaining that I'm better than the average bear, but not good enough to beat really serious chess players.

Anyway, males are always surprised, impressed, and I might add, even pleased, when I beat them at chess.

Maybe you can schedule an online competition with Norm.

Oh, Norm would kick my ass. I'm not that good. Like I said, I'm just better than the average bear.

I hate to play women and children. I believe it is the fear of losing a game that I don't think I should lose, but that's silly. I know that kids and women are perfectly capable of playing great chess and that my fear is irrational. But it does cause me more anxiety than playing another male. I'd like to get over it, but it is easier said than done.

I remember a U.S. Open a number of years ago there was a promising young women playing in the tournament. She was already better than I was and I knew I wouldn't get paired with her, but I felt sorry for the men who had to play her, because not only did they have to play an attractive young women (17 or 18 I believe), but she placed her good luck teddy bear on the table next to the board.

but she placed her good luck teddy bear on the table next to the board.

:)

Teddy bear by the board.. LOL!

If she were truly wise, she would wear a conservative but low cut blouse to distract the silly men-folk another 10-20%.

*8)

our findings suggest that women show lower chess-specific self-esteem

i think they have dietary supplements for that now. i should be taking them too. i hear if your chess-specific self-esteem levels get too low you die like a dog, on your knees, howling.

not only did they have to play an attractive young women (17 or 18 I believe), but she placed her good luck teddy bear on the table next to the board.

i'm sure the whiff of irrational superstition and teddy bear woo was much more offputting than the the poor brainwashed girls alleged "attractiveness".

hmph.

Phone hacking: I have to say there certainly are a lot of dumbasses ...... that's it, really!

Poker faces a similar issue with women. Last year, of the 6,844 entrants in the World Series of Poker Main Event, there were only 209 women (about 3%). The women who do play tend to do about as well as the men. In that event, for example, Tiffany Michelle finished 17th, winning $334,534, and Lisa Parsons finished 76th, winning $77,200.

I've wondered why more women don't compete in poker, and this article gives a possible reason. Successful tournament poker requires aggression, primarily against men, and as the article discusses, women don't tend to do that well.

Thanks for the link, Norm.

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