Originally posted by TommyC
Her & that other girly who's doing well make me wonder if the 'internet age of chess' will create much stronger female players - as a result of removing them from the unattractive environment of young boys wetting themselves etc I mean. So they stick with the game longer, ie, as a result of being less repulsed by all the BO and Star Trek t-shirts.
What does everyone else reckon?
I think online chess is a whole another gear for the whole chess world, on every level. and women are taking their place all around in previously male dominated diciplines. it'll only take one successful female super GM to shatter the condescending mindset of the old male dinosaurs. one barbara fischer, carol kasparov or michaela tal. so far, the numbers have been against it, there's simply too few female players. but sooner or later, there will come someone who will beat all the men at that point. that will have a huge boost on the number of female players. and the more female players there will be, the more chance of such a genius occurring. it's only a question of time.
maybe it'll even be hou yifan, who knows?