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Chess Bitch: Women In The Ultimate Intellectual Sport

Chess Bitch: Women In The Ultimate Intellectual Sport

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Product type: Printed book

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Jennifer Shahade

Chess Bitch, written by the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Woman's Chess Champion, is an racy, anecdotal account of how today’s young female chess players are knocking down the doors to this traditionally male game, infiltrating the male-owned sporting subculture of international chess, and giving the phrase "play like a girl" a whole new meaning.

Through interviews with and observation of the young globetrotting women players who challenge male domination, Chess Bitch is an eye-opening expose of the world of women's chess and shines a harsh light on the game's gender bias.

Shahade begins by profiling the lives of great women players from history, starting with Vera Menchik, who defeated male professionals with incredible frequency and became the first woman's World Champion in 1927. She then investigates the women's chess dynasties in Georgia and China. She interviews the famous Polgar sisters, who refused to play in separate women's tournaments. She details her own chess adventures: traveling to tournaments from Reykjavik to Istanbul. Shahade introduces us to such lesser-known chess personalities as the flamboyant Zambian player Linda Nangwale, the transgendered Texan Angela Alston and the European female chess players who hop from one country to another, playing chess by day and partying long into the night.

For those who think of chess as two people sitting quietly across a table, Shahade paints a colourful world that most chess fans never knew existed. Includes photographs throughout, a glossary, games appendix, bibliography and index.

Published 2005, hardback, 320 pages.

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