@Toadofsky the fact is that all the top chess players in the world are men (with the exception of Polgar, only women ever who made to top 10, being #8). This is most likely because our brains function differently, and men's brain is more suited for chess than women's brain.
It's not me who is neglecting the facts, it's people who so much want to see gender equality that they try so hard to explain away the obvious facts. I don't understand why. And I really don't understand why it is so hard to except that men and women are different. Men are better at some stuff, women are better in some other stuff. That's the beauty of it. It would be boring if it were otherwise.
Women are generally weaker than a men in chess and in almost everything. But they bring grace, beauty, and other unspeakable things :)
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#61 If I'm an advocate for gender equality, this is the first I'm hearing about it.
The simplest hypothesis is often correct, yet Judit is a counterexample which challenges that hypothesis (by removing systemic barriers which discourage women). It is an equally simple hypothesis that women do poorly at chess for the same reasons that after a certain age, girls do poorly at standardized tests; or that fortune 500 CEOs, presidents, justices, governors, university board members, etc. are primarily men. There are some stark examples of women being bad at things, but this doesn't mean that biology is the one and only reason why.
A more convincing argument would detail this about spatial reasoning, although the science is flaky and we don't know to what extent this is relevant in chess:
"Some researchers have argued that there is an intrinsic gender difference in spatial reasoning -- that boys are naturally better at it than girls," says lead author Jillian Lauer, who is set to graduate from Emory in May with a PhD in psychology. "While our results don't exclude any possibility that biological influences contribute to the gender gap, they suggest that other factors may be more important in driving the gender difference in spatial skills during childhood."
Lauer notes that previous research has shown that parents use more spatial language when they talk to preschool sons than daughters. Studies have also found that girls report more anxiety about having to perform spatial tasks than do boys by first grade, and that children are aware of gender stereotypes about spatial intelligence during elementary school.
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