Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day and at chess24 we want to contribute to awareness of the occasion in the chess world, a world in which the sport continues to be overwhelming represented by men. We have given the floor to a few players from different parts of the world to express their opinion. And we invite you to send in YOUR voices (or comments) too!
Argentine International Master Florencia Fernandez, whom we were able to interview during the Baku Olympiad (in Spanish), sends us the following reflection on the roots of the gender disparity in chess.
Another Women's Day passes and I can't forget the relationship to chess! We always return to the question: Why are many more men playing chess? Among the various reasons that I think influence this, as I reviewed my childhood and I stopped to think, are that society culturally stereotypes gender activities and chess is associated with boys. Specifically, in my case, I started to get interested in chess at age 8 when my dad (an amateur) taught me and went with my brother to the chess club at my school. One day my father decided to take only my brother to an intercollegiate tournament so that he would improve. Before this I asked him why it did not take me too. Clearly he regarded chess as a game for boys but not girls. He was unconsciously stereotyping our activities.
I thank chess for having allowed to discover know incredible places, different cultures, live unforgettable experiences and meet the best people. And on this special day, I hope the chess world is filled with women!
A greeting to all on chess24!
Iranian IM Dorsa Derakshani visited the chess24 studio in Madrid and recorded this message to all the young girls out there:
The Russian Grand Master Alina Bivol sent us this video with a dose of irony!
Teja Vedic, from Slovenia, reflects with a sense of humor.
If you'd like to participate, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your text, video, or photos, and we'll update this article. Looking forward to hearing from you!
IM Anna Rudolf sent her aspirational message in the wee hours of March 9th: