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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Women and Girls are finally getting the recognition they deserve in Chess, and in chess administration

Due to the hard work of Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk   and her associates the governing body of chess, the FIDE has decided to implement Alexandra's  suggestion that  the FIDE create a "GOLDEN WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER AWARD"

According to Alexandra's blog devoted to Women's chess at:,


"The organizers of the tournaments with any time control and system (except the official FIDE tournaments such as the World Championships, FIDE Grand-Prix tournaments, Chess Olympiads and so on) that have been held at least 3 times before the voting year and 10 or more female chess players took part in the tournament of the voting year can take part in this voting."
"The organizer of this event will receive a prize of $1000 which he/she should use for increasing the prize fund for women chess players in his/her next tournaments."

To read Alexandra's entire announcement concerning this award please click on the following link:

This is wonderful news for chess! Congratulations Alexandra and thank you FIDE adminstrators for being open to changing existing FIDE policy and   existing FIDE perspectives on gender within chess!!!

Another example of the changes within chess relating to gender concerns the number of girls and women who performed very well in 2009 in chess tournaments they participated in. For instance,  Corinne Howard formerly of the Barbados Community College (BCC) and now of the University of the West Indies (UWI) became the first female ever to win the Sagicor Open Junior tournament held in Barbados in the summer." (source:

I also noticed in my search of the internet today that there were there were several Women  administrators at the 2008 Chess olympiad in key administrative positions, and that   Dr. Jana Bellin is the present Chairperson of the FIDE Medical commission.(source: ) Dr. Bellin  specialises in anesthesiology, and works in intensive care at Sandwell General Hospital, in  West Bromwich, England. She also is a very strong chess player, holding the Women Grandmaster Title.

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Chess needs more women and girl participants and administrators!

Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.