Now here is a controversial topic to kick things off!
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In both chess and bridge males dominate at the top level. A 2009 study showed that the presence of 1 female player in the top 100 chess players can be explained by the overrepresentation of male players in the game (16:1) http://phys.org/news/2009-01-men-higher-women-chess-biological.html. In bridge the majority of players are female. The top 100 players based on WBF Masterpoint rankings contains no women http://www.worldbridge.org/open-classification.aspx.
The World Bridge Federation, zonal federations and many nations run competitions with a women’s/ladies category. There is a lot of debate about whether the division should exist mainly because it assumes that women are inferior players to men.
The existence of the women’s division itself is a debate for another day. It is sometimes seen as a gateway to the open grade but some people believe the availability of the category may be hindering female performance. This belief is held because it means that female players do not have to pursue open competitions. Eg. would you prefer play in a division that you think you could win or play in another division where your chances wouldn’t be as high.
What do you think? Is it that women are just as good as men with many choosing to compete in the women’s events rather than open or is there a skill difference?
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