Women’s World Team Championship

Not unexpectedly China was first in this event followed by Russia. But hang on a second, in these days of ‘equality’ shouldn’t men have been allowed to take part?

It does seem that there haven’t been any males willing (or brave) enough to insist on their right to play and take FIDE to court should they be refused. But of more relevance to The Chess Improver is whether female players should play in girls events or just look for the best available opposition (male or female).

My personal take is that looking for ‘success’ within any kind of restricted event (particular ratings, age, sex or geographical area) will foster a mentality which seeks petty external glory rather than personal excellence and ongoing improvement. Accordingly I feel it should be taken with a pinch of salt, let’s just play chess instead. And let’s look for events which best develop our game rather than those which offer the prospect of a meaningless title.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: