Fool’s mate

Chess champion slammed for saying women are not as good as men at the game

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Nigel Short, a former chess world title challenger from Britain has caused some courted controversy by claiming that rather than “fretting about inequality” everyone should just “gracefully accept” that women aren’t as good at chess (or driving, for that matter) as men. Talking to the New in Chess magazine he said: ““Why should they function in the same way? I don’t have the slightest problem in acknowledging that my wife [Rea] possesses a much higher degree of emotional intelligence than I do,” adding “Likewise, she doesn’t feel embarrassed in asking me to maneuver the car out of our narrow garage. One is not better than the other, we just have different skills.” Obviously, these remarks didn’t go over well with several female chess players. Amanda Ross, who runs the Casual Chess club in London, argued that it was incredibly damaging when someone as high-profile and respected and respected as Short is endorsing sexism, and shrewdly pointed out that former women’s world champion, Judit Polgar, had beaten Short in the past. Another leading British chess player, Sabrina Chevannes, also responded to the controversy and said that sexism is rampant in the chess world and even causes some women to quit.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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