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  1. Standard member vivify
    rain
    21 Apr '11 21:28 / 2 edits
    Whenever I play checkers or card games online, I meet a lot of female players. But chess specifically leaves rare occasions when I meet a female player.

    Is there something about chess that doesn't appeal to women? Maybe it's because even though the queen is really powerful, she still has to sacrifice herself for the King. 😉
  2. 21 Apr '11 22:02
    Or just maybe they will be presented, during a game, with a given situation were they do not have ultimate control!!........ my opinion... I'm married with kids............
  3. 21 Apr '11 22:10 / 1 edit
    Acutally come to really think of it I'm glad there are so few females in this game, they always spoil every sport that blokes love....consider it one of the last bastions of male dominance, say bar Snooker, Motor sport, Golf and armed combat.
  4. Subscriber thaughbaer
    Duckfinder General
    24 Apr '11 17:29
    Originally posted by vivify
    Whenever I play checkers or card games online, I meet a lot of female players. But chess specifically leaves rare occasions when I meet a female player.

    Is there something about chess that doesn't appeal to women? Maybe it's because even though the queen is really powerful, she still has to sacrifice herself for the King. 😉
    Play more games... your sample size is very low
  5. Standard member vivify
    rain
    24 Apr '11 18:14
    Originally posted by thaughbaer
    Play more games... your sample size is very low
    My "sample size" is my entire life of playing chess.

    So by your post, I take you meet female chess players all the time?
  6. 24 Apr '11 18:27
    Originally posted by vivify
    Whenever I play checkers or card games online, I meet a lot of female players. But chess specifically leaves rare occasions when I meet a female player.

    Is there something about chess that doesn't appeal to women? Maybe it's because even though the queen is really powerful, she still has to sacrifice herself for the King. 😉
    Does a girl sitting on your lap while you play count as a female chess player.
  7. Subscriber thaughbaer
    Duckfinder General
    24 Apr '11 18:28
    Originally posted by vivify
    My "sample size" is my entire life of playing chess.

    So by your post, I take you meet female chess players all the time?
    No. I didn't meet one yesterday.
  8. Standard member Rank Materialist
    Carpe! Carpe! Carpe!
    24 Apr '11 22:15
    Originally posted by vivify
    Is there something about chess that doesn't appeal to women?[/b]
    Here's one theory from the field of evolutionary psychology:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empathizing%E2%80%93systemizing_theory
  9. 24 Apr '11 22:19
    Originally posted by vivify
    Whenever I play checkers or card games online, I meet a lot of female players.
    they're ll dudes pretending to be female...
  10. 25 Apr '11 16:27
    Most people don't play chess at all. It seems to me that a better question is "why do people like to play chess"?

    There seems to be something about it that attracts a very small number of people and of that small group most of them are men.
  11. Standard member Thabtos
    I am become Death
    25 Apr '11 16:56
    The fourth ranked player on this site is allegedly female.
  12. Subscriber thaughbaer
    Duckfinder General
    25 Apr '11 17:35
    Originally posted by Thabtos
    The fourth ranked player on this site is allegedly female.
    That's 1 then. 1/17150... seems fairly good. It's a lot better ratio than those that understand the offside rule.

    Richard and Andy
  13. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    25 Apr '11 17:37
    Originally posted by vivify
    Whenever I play checkers or card games online, I meet a lot of female players. But chess specifically leaves rare occasions when I meet a female player.

    Is there something about chess that doesn't appeal to women? Maybe it's because even though the queen is really powerful, she still has to sacrifice herself for the King. 😉
    Women's chess is finally getting recognized. It doesn't hurt that many of the female GMs, IMs, etc. are drop dead gorgeous.
  14. Subscriber roma45
    st johnstone
    25 Apr '11 17:56
    Originally posted by thaughbaer
    That's 1 then. 1/17150... seems fairly good. It's a lot better ratio than those that understand the offside rule.

    Richard and Andy
    🙂
  15. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    25 Apr '11 18:50
    Originally posted by vivify
    Whenever I play checkers or card games online, I meet a lot of female players. But chess specifically leaves rare occasions when I meet a female player.

    Is there something about chess that doesn't appeal to women? Maybe it's because even though the queen is really powerful, she still has to sacrifice herself for the King. 😉
    I think there are 2 reasons for the lack of female players.

    1. There are so many other things for ladies to do, they simply choose something else. Chess is a low priority.

    2. Relationships seem more interesting to ladies than tactics, because of this I don't think chess interests most ladies.