Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport by Jennifer Shahade

By Jennifer Shahade

within the video game of chess, the most powerful piece—the Queen—is also known as "bitch," and being woman has been lengthy thought of a tremendous disadvantage.

Chess whinge, written by means of the 2004 U.S. Woman’s Chess Champion, is an eye-opening account of ways today’s younger girl chess avid gamers are effectively flattening the doorways to this generally male video game, infiltrating the male-owned wearing culture of foreign chess, and giving the word "play like a lady" a complete new meaning.

Through interviews with and remark of the younger globetrotting ladies chess gamers who problem male domination, Chess complain shines a harsh gentle at the game’s gender bias. Shahade starts off by means of profiling the lives of significant ladies gamers from historical past, beginning with Vera Menchik, who defeated male pros with fantastic frequency and have become the 1st woman’s global Champion in 1927. She then investigates the women’s chess dynasties in Georgia and China. She interviews the well-known Polgar sisters, who refused to play in separate women's tournaments. She info her personal chess adventures—traveling to tournaments from Reykjavik to Istanbul. And Shahade introduces us to such lesser-known chess personalities because the flamboyant Zambian participant Linda Nangwale and the transgendered Texan Angela Alston and the eu lady chess gamers who hop from one nation to a different, enjoying chess through day and partying lengthy into the evening. in the event you contemplate chess as humans sitting quietly throughout a desk, Shahade paints a colourful international that almost all chess enthusiasts by no means knew existed.

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