What is the difference between Yifan and the 86 chess players higher up the ranking?
Yifan is female.
If ever there was an illustration of the pernicious and mendacious nature of the patriarchy, this must be it.
Where is the diversity in the world of chess? What on earth is FIDE planning to do about this egregious imbalance between the genders? A disparity as shocking as this makes the gender pay gap pale into insignificance.
The next time you hear a discussion about the patriarchy, gender pay gaps or gender bias, ask the protagonist for their opinion on the fact that the highest ranking female chess player is languishing down in the 80s on the world ranking.
Ask them, for example, whether this is explained by one or several of the following possible reasons;
- The rules of chess are, in some way not yet obvious, biased towards men or against women,
- Parents and teachers are deliberately or unconsciously dissuading girls from taking up the board game,
- Girls are put off by the masculine and aggressive toxic male culture surrounding an ancient board game consisting of moving 32 pieces around a grid.
- The male and female brain differs slightly such that, at the extreme ends of the statistical distribution, an obvious divergence occurs.
- Another reason which you haven’t yet thought of but would be very open to hearing about.
Reason 4 seems the most likely contributor to the objective and observable fact that, at the elite level, the best chess players are men.
Could Yifan finish you or I off in half a dozen moves on a chess board? Without a doubt.
Could she beat the number one ranked man? Not a chance.
In other news, the vast majority of prisoners convicted of violent crime are men as are most firefighters. That’s probably something to do with duh patriarchy too, no doubt.