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daverundle 71 ( +1 | -1 )
Sexy Chess I have just read an article where chess players concerned about its image are trying to sex it up! One of the prime movers behind this is Nigel Short (apparently). They are in the process of putting together a calender of the worlds sexiest chess players. Oddly these all seem to be winning including an Estonian super model!

There is probably a larger number of men playing the game of chess so does this decision to only include sexy women players indicate an inherent sexism in the chess world, or is it an admission that there are no sexy male chess players?

There was no indication as to when this calender would be completed or where it is on sale.
premium_steve 84 ( +1 | -1 )
maybe not sexism, but perhaps the creators realize their audience is primarily male.
i like the organization of grouping an entire gender together like that. yes.... organization. that's what i'd be most impressed with. ;)

what type of calendar would it be? if the female participants were posing, the reason for male exclusion may be that male chessplayers aren't as willing to pose.
of course, you could just have normal pictures of the male players, and that would be okay.

i wouldn't be opposed to the calendar idea. it's not ranked or anything, so feelings probably wouldn't be hurt.
most ideas involving promotion of chess are good, in my opinion.... even if chess is involved only a little bit.
nice to see something different now and then too.
hopefully there would be something in the calendar to accompany the pictures.
tyekanyk 21 ( +1 | -1 )
............ I remember seeing something similar to this done by, I believe, the Estonian Chess Federation President, which is a knock-out by the way. Her idea was to increase popularity of the game by making it more appealing to the public.
bucklehead 21 ( +1 | -1 )
There is a fair amount of chatter... ...surrounding the "World Chess Beauty Contest" at -> www.1wcbc.com. Susan Polgar and others have made significant objections to it.
daverundle 40 ( +1 | -1 )
tyekanyk Yep it was mentioned in the article that she is a bit of a looker & she was also contributing to the to the idea in fact the implication was she would be posing! ! premium_steve you are absolutely right if it makes more people take an interest it has to be good, unfortunately the article did not give any indication of what sort of pictures were to be in the calender, maybe it will be along the line of the Italian golfer! I am still not sure where she kept her scorecard!