I have created a new page for Frequently Asked Chess Questions. I will add to this question bank over time.
I have already compiled two common questions:
Why is chess so attractive?
When I was taking a look at the demographics for my YouTube channel, I assumed that most people who watched my videos were probably teenagers. I was surprised to find that, by a large margin, most people who watched my videos were aged 35-44. Perhaps this is the age that one comes back to board games which they didn’t feel were interesting earlier in their lives!
People have an attraction to chess for a variety of different reasons. Hence, everybody has their own answer to this question. In many cases, I believe the desire to win plays a large part. The feeling of a good win is more satisfying than winning in almost any other primitive battle. It is also a fun pastime, and an enjoyable way to make and spend time with friends…
Why do so few women play chess?
I don’t think anyone really knows the answer to this question, but the reason generally put forward is social conditioning, as women are less aggressive by nature. Perhaps also, men tend to be more obsessive and women are far too sensible to persist in playing a board game, unless they can reach the world elite.
With the knowledge that less than 5% of chess players are women, I think it is easy to explain why there are so few women in the list of top chess players…
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