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 …

The science behind Andrew Luck’s shock NFL farewell

We often look at athletes with awe and envy, blessed with genetic gifts most can only wonder at possessing. But those gifts often come with a price Andrew Luck is human, with tendons and cartilage that can tear and bones that can break. Though his skill might seem superhuman, his ability to heal is not. Faced with the Sisyphean task of rehabbing yet another injury, Luck examining the polarized reaction to Robert Griffin III and Jay Cutlers injuries, researcher Jimmy Sanderson, an assistant professor in sport management at Texas Tech University, noted that, Football is closely tied to a narrow version of masculinity that normalizes and values playing through pain and suppressing injuries in the name of toughness. In that …