A minor point about women’s chess

January 31, 2019 at 7:01 am 1 comment

From the latest ACF Bulletin:

“The Conference approved a recommendation to make WIM Biljana Dekic an Honorary Life Member of the ACF for her service to Australian women’s chess as a team member in twelve Women’s Olympiads.”

Because if you play 12 Olympiads and they are just Women’s Olympiads, you haven’t done a service to Chess, but only to Women’s Chess.

Not that I object, as male players don’t, (fortunately) play men’s chess, they play Chess.



Entry filed under: chess, politics.

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  • 1. Chris Depasquale  |  January 31, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Your Olympiad’s predated the Dekic era, but I played a few in that time. One anecdote from 1998 might inform your readers. I was rested for a round so my responsibilities were to assist those playing that day with their preparations. I began in the Men’s accommodation where the panicked cry was, “We are playing England. What [opening] am I going to play? What am I going to play?” After contributing what I could there I went to the Women’s accommodation. There the mantra was, “We are sitting next to Switzerland. What am I going to wear? What am I going to wear?” The ACF might have picked up on that distinction.


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