I might never have become a chess grandmaster if Id stuck to women-only tournaments | Judit Polgr

Female chess players, like me, thrive when they play against the worlds best men, says Judit Polgr, Hungarian chess grandmaster I am used to being cited as living proof that women can play chess at the same elite level as men. When I was 15, I became the youngest grandmaster in the world, breaking the record set by seems to have plateaued. When my colleague Nigel Short Chess and Female Empowerment. The much lower participation of girls and women in competitive chess is still a problem and, crucially, girls in chess are not treated the same way as boys. Coaches and officials are guided by potential successes in girls competitions, which are comparatively easier to achieve. Parents tend to follow …