|World Chess Championship Women 2010 (Antakya) TUR Thur 2nd Dec 2010 - Sun 24th Dec 2010 |
Round 4 Results:
|Round 4 Match 01|
Summary from official website.
There is no day off until this coming Sunday, before the final four games start between the last two women standing.
Mig Greengard at the Daily Dirt Chessblog has a valid take on what happens to promising female players who end up in the female ratings ghetto by playing in women-only events. ELO suffers, and development suffers too. I don't necessarily agree, though, that talented players like Lahno and others who are in their late teens/early 20's are over the hill and can no longer develop. But they have to stay away from women's only events and that is difficult when competing in those events promises a paycheck whereas playing in Opens against 2600-plus ELO GMs promises probably a lot of empty pocketbooks for their efforts. Women are very rational creatures when it comes down to it. They will play in events that promise a pay-off. And I can't say they are wrong for doing so. And, keep in mind that even Judit Polgar competed on female teams for Hungary in the Chess Olympiad.
I like reading the comments. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of them. Dudes just are not interested in some women playing what they consider second-rate chess (unless it's to bitch about women earning money for playing that chess). They pretend, instead, to understand the chess of Carlsen, et al. Yeah, right, LOL! The macho man mystique lives on :)
More coverage and more comments at Chessvibes.
Chessbase as per usual has a report on the first part of R4 with lots of photos of the pretty ladies.