This week, Sports Illustrated featured a long read on women in chess, which centered around a 1961 Sports Illustrated cover of US Women’s Chess Champion Lisa Lane. The article persuasively argued that more money and attention should be paid to women’s chess, quoting numerous female chessplayers, including myself, 2017 US Women’s Champion Sabina Foisor, and our US Chess Women‘s committee chair Maureen Grimuad.
It’s a total and complete numbers game. What the women’s committee is trying to do is to grow the base- Maureen Grimaud
Maureen just got back from Orlando, where US Chess again featured a popular Girls’ Room with events and analysis by Foisor, WIM Carolina Blanco and GM Elshan Moradiabadi.
The new Kindergarten co-champ Katherine Zhuge even stopped by!
Sports Illustrated also quoted me on women’s events and the impetus for hosting them.
It’s supply and demand. If girls and women want to play in them, it means they’re having fun and they’re networking with other girls and they’re using their brains in amazing ways that, in this culture, women sometimes aren’t allowed—the chance to just engross themselves in an intellectual activity.
The article came out just after some exciting news from the Saint Louis Chess Club. In February 2019, the club will host the Cairns Cup, named after co-founder Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield, (nee Cairns), featuring ten of the top female players in the World.
Great news Emma! Since we spoke, the @STLChessClub announced a brand new tournament for the top women chess players in the World, the Cairns Cup. Come on over! And thanks for your positive depiction of women in chess. pic.twitter.com/1BiTZ3KlrJ
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) December 18, 2018
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