The question of women’s titles keeps coming up again and again so I thought I’d pitch in. Historically, Chess is considered as a men’s game. The game has been played by men for more than 100 years while women started considering it as a profession in the late 1980’s.
it seems as if by nature, men can easily focus on one thing in life while women can manage everything at once. For instance, a woman can form a family, study chess and be successful at Chess competitions. This is a very hard task since it requires lots of sacrifices.
Compared to women, men have great physical strength and ability to concentrate for long hours and this is the main reason why men always show great results in Chess.
The small percentage of women in the top 100 is a clear fact that women need encouragement for their effort in order to stimulate the progress. It is almost clear that women’s titles are not enough, or there would be more women in the top 100! They need better rewards or else they will stop trying to perform at their best.
Having role models of the same sex is also a major factor that makes Chess very attractive as a profession. For instance, a boy can say,“ I would love to become a Chess grandmaster like Robert James “Bobby” Fischer.“
A girl however has to settle with a more average chess player (compared to Fischer!), “I would like to be Chess grandmaster like Irina Krush“. Now it would be different if Irina was a top 10 chess player, but she isn’t (no disrespect to her amazing achievements).
Later on after reaching the level of Irina Krush, the girl can go higher and probably set a goal of being among the top five female Champions worldwide, but there are no role models there.
In many countries, Chess is not considered as a serious profession and this is a further reason why many women might be put off by it. We should change this.
With all that in mind, we should take our time to congratulate and reward every female who plays chess and offer them more opportunities to reach the top, including titles that are the same for men and women, lets stop the distinction, its the same ELO rating after all, isn’t it?