In an Op-Ed for the Guardian our conference co-director Judit Polgár argues for changes at a young age. “Girls in chess are not treated the same way as boys. Coaches and officials are guided by potential successes in girls competitions, which are comparatively easier to achieve. Parents tend to follow what the experts advise. The point is that a talented girl should be inspired to compete in all competitions, just as a boy would.”
When she is organising children’s tournaments, she continues “I make a point of never separating girls and boys, nor awarding special prizes for girls”. All in the interest of not limiting girls and encouraging them to go for the maximum, as she had in her own career, during which she became the eighth highest ranked player in the world.
“I could never have reached those heights if I had only been interested in winning women’s titles. In fact, I was only a teenager when I last participated in a women’s tournament”, writes Polgár, who was awarded a Golden Pawn for her career achievement in Monte Carlo on Saturday and is to join the conference on Sunday. Here is her full article.