Why I love both Chess and Baseball and how they are alike.

Baseball is a game that requires complete focus, the ability to anticipate where the pitcher is going to throw the ball and planning ahead. All this sounds a lot like another sport we’re all well aware of – Chess! Chess and baseball have a lot more in common than you know. Both these are sports are beloved pass times enjoyed by players and spectators through the world. One would wonder how baseball which is a physical sport can have something in common with Chess which is a sport that relied on mental fitness. Read on and find out!

Both Require Concentration

First and Foremost, both Chess and Baseball require the players to be completely focused on the game. If you get distracted once that means the entire game is over. Getting distracted in Baseball can easily mean a strike whereas getting distracted in Chess can easily result in one of your important pieces being retired or also known as a blunderfest. Both of these sports require complete focus and concentration if you want a shot at winning.

Thinking Ahead

When you’re playing baseball you need to take into account the other players as well and then determine how you’re going to hit the ball so that everyone can get to next base without being “out”. Playing chess without anticipating what move your opponent will make only results in a quick loss. Baseball and Chess both require high levels of concentration that is if you want to win.

The Thrill

If you’ve ever seen a chess competition you’ll know just how thrilling chess tournaments can be. Baseball is one of the most well-known pass times for a reason. The thrill you get when you watch the ball fly out of the park, or a player slams up against the wall to catch it or throws it as he’s falling down really does make baseball a lot more thrilling and for me Chess manages to replicate this exact feeling.

Chess and baseball are both great sports that are more alike than many people realize. SO, if you’re a fan of baseball or Chess giving the other a shot might just be worth your time. Hope you are enjoying my blog 🙂

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Why Women’s Chess Titles Should Be Eliminated

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?