Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
I would love to learn from people here what they think.
I think the effects are different depeneding on how much you play. I think someone who plays 5 hours a day for example will be effected differently from someone who plays 2 hours a week.
I think that as with almost all effects, there will be both positive and negative effects.
I would say that generally boys/men are more likely to enjoy it than girls/women. That of course doesn't mean there aren't exceptions. I think that this difference in interest makes it next to impossible to determine statistical differences in actual ability. More men are good at chess but this is largely because of education, interest, availability etc, so it is difficult to control for these factors and identify ability.
I think in the few cases where girls have been practically forced into chess by thier parents they have been just as successful as boys.