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David Smerdon was awarded the title of international grandmaster in and has represented Australia in seven chess Olympi. Just 37 of the more than 1, international chess grandmasters are women. There are certainly fewer female chess players to begin with, but it appears unlikely participation can explain the whole story.
His comments caused a media storm in the United Kingdom. However, evidence is mixed on whether or how these traits affect performance over the chess board.
On the other side are those who argue the gender gap in chess is mainly due to societal and cultural pressures that put women off the game. Her psychologist father believed geniuses are creatednot born.
His three daughters, home-schooled in chess from the age of three, each achieved groundbreaking success in the game. We are capable of the same fight as any man. Confidence flags, interest wanes and a vicious cycle of self-fulfilling prophesy follows.
The stereotype threat effect has been observed in experiments involving women and mathematics performance and in studies on lower representation of women in leadership positions. In one studyresearchers pitted male and female chess players against each other online. The sexes performed equally when identities were anonymous, but when the sex of the opponents was known, female players performed worse against male players and better against other female players.
Using a dataset of more thanplayers and 8 million rated tournament games, my colleagues and I recently found evidence to support a stereotype threat effect for female chess players. Female players tend to perform worse against male opponents than against female opponents, even after ing for chess strength. The performance drop is roughly equivalent to a woman giving her male opponent the advantage of the first move in every single game.
There is still much to discover about what play the biggest roles in driving the gender performance and participation gaps in chess, what policies can be used to narrow them, and what these insights tell us about other male-dominated fields. What we do know, however, is the chess world is starting to change.
This not only increases female earnings but also has a trickle-down effect for female participation. Two economists recently looked at the effect of this policy in the French chess league. The study, which is yet to undergo peer review, found not only that the share of female chess players in France ificantly increased in subsequent years, but that the ratings gap for elite male and female players also narrowed. Attitudes are starting to change, too. The current world champion, Magnus Carlsensaid in a recent interview :.
Chess societies have not been very kind to women and girls over the years. Certainly, there needs to be a bit of a change in culture. Chess-related Google searches have soared since its debut. And past research has shown popular television can have a ificant impact on real-world outcomes related to gender.
Plymouth Contemporary — Plymouth, Devon. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. David SmerdonThe University of Queensland. Chess Chess master chess masters chess grandmasters.Are there any good females
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