Monday, October 10, 2005

Chess is just so hot


Wow. There is an interview in the Village Voice with two time US Women's Champion Jennifer Shahade about her new book, Chess Bitch (via feministing). The cover and the interview in the Voice seem to be trying hard to make chess look all punk and sexy. Who knew? My tournament experience was more with guys who wore pith helmets and spoke in faux-Elizabethian English. There was definitely a lot of twitching going on.

It reminds me though of Pat Robertson's ill fated attempt to use chess as an argument for patriarchy.
    The key in terms of mental ability is chess. There's never been a woman Grandmaster chess player. Once you get one, then I'll buy some of the feminism...
There were already two women Grandmasters at that time, both from Georgia. Since Robertson's gaffe, at least three more women became Grandmasters. I'm not holding my breath about his conversion to feminism though. More quotes here

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