Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Stereotyping of Girls in Chess

This article in The New Yorker reminds me of incidents that take place occasionally in the after school enrichment classes on chess that I teach.  

During the last half hour, the students are allowed to play chess against one another.  

Sometimes, when a boy is defeated by a girl, he will exclaim, "I can't believe I lost to a girl!"  

At that point, I tell the boy of a chess tournament in New York City where I lost games to Hana and Amanda, two strong female players.