Originally posted by Tsekos the punk
You have a point but generally it is also well known that
1. the vast majority of great chess players are men
2. people of different genders tend to have some differences in abilitie. for example I think that men tend to have more ability in activities that require special cognition, while women tend to perform better at activities that require verbal abilities.
Okay, I ask another question in the style as above:
"Do you think that people from Luxembourg can make as good chess players as people from France?"
Chessplayers from France are vey much more numerous than people from Luxembourg so the answer is - It's more likely to have a chessplayer from France to reach World Championship than a chessplayer from Luxembourg.
But do you really think that in a city of the same size in Luxembourg and in France have the same chance of reach World Championship? Of course they have the same chance.
The fact is that there are not so many women who want to play chess as men. Why? That's the interesting question!
Give a group of girls and a group of boys the same chance of playing chess, same coaching, same training, same everything, and they will be (IMHO) the same level of players after a time.
But in real life: What will happen if a woman enters a chess club with 100% men. Will this woman be treated as anyone else in the club? Does she have the same chance of getting high level, than any other man? Seriously now?
I've even heard of women/girls here at RHP complaining over unwanted behaviour from men/boys.
In the club I belong we have some pretty good female players. This fact alone gives me the impression that women is as good as men playing chess.