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Mongolia Tops Chess Gender Equality Index; Denmark Backside

Mongolia is the nation rating highest for selling gender equality in chess however—maybe surprisingly—the Nordic international locations occupy three of the 4 worst spots, a brand new examine has revealed.

Analysis commissioned by the World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) Ladies in Chess Fee and printed collectively with the College of Queensland ranked 105 of the world’s nationwide chess federations to create a brand new Gender Equality in Chess Index (GECI).

Findings from the 2023 FIDE Gender Equality in Chess Index (GECI). Picture:

The examine used three key indicators, “Participation,” “Efficiency,” and “Progress,” to check gender equality inside the worldwide chess group. Knowledge was taken from the FIDE scores record and the proportions of members participating in current World Youth, World Cadet and chosen Continental Youth Championships.

Prime of the desk was Mongolia with the best GECI rating of 86.53. In accordance with the report, nearly 40% of Mongolia’s energetic gamers on the September 2023 FIDE ranking record are girls.

The Mongolian federation’s president, Gurvanbaatar Erdenebaatar, stated within the report: “Mongolians have been taking part in and growing chess since historical instances and these days individuals are paying a number of consideration in educating chess to their children due to the profitable achievements of our youth {and professional} girls gamers.”

Mr Gurvanbaatar highlighted two insurance policies which have pushed success: “Mongolian Chess Federation maintains a coverage of equal prize cash for women and men chess gamers at nationwide degree tournaments.

“As well as, in line with the decision of FIDE when saying the 12 months of ladies’s chess in 2022, we attempt to contain our girls chess gamers in decision-making on the administration degree.”

IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag, Mongolia’s highest-rated feminine participant, instructed FIDE she has obtained important help to assist her profession progress.

“We now have a authorities bonus after we turn out to be a grandmaster. Additionally since 2012 with a break for 4 years we’ve a nationwide workforce that receives a wage from the state. Now there’s a tendency to extend the help of the nationwide workforce, and, for instance, the nationwide championships have the identical prize fund for each men and women.”

Mongolia was adopted by Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam, and Namibia. Smaller federations dominate the highest locations and it isn’t till Georgia (12) and Azerbaijan (15) that main chess nations crop up. India and Russia—historically two of the strongest nations on the elite degree of ladies’s chess—are positioned twenty fourth and twenty fifth respectively.

The Nordic nations fare badly, with Denmark backside of the desk with a GECI rating of 34.34, Iceland second-worst in 104th, Sweden ranked 102nd, Finland in 99th, and Norway 94th.

That is regardless of the organizers of Norway Chess saying earlier this 12 months their ground-breaking imaginative and prescient to host an all-female tremendous event in 2024 with situations equal to their annual top-level competitors. has contacted the Danish Chess Federation for a response, however hasn’t obtained one but. On the platform X, GM Peter Heine Nielsen stated the important thing query was why:

Main the analysis was Australian GM David Smerdon, a senior lecturer on the College of Queensland and creator of a number of common chess books. He was joined from FIDE’s Fee for Ladies’s Chess by Carol B. Meyer, WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola, WFM Maria Rodrigo-Yanguas and, WIM Anastasia Sorokina.

FIDE has 199 international locations as affiliate members, within the type of Nationwide Chess Federations, of which 76 have been excluded as a result of lacking information. One of many nations lacking was China which at the moment dominates girls’s chess and has held the ladies’s world title since 2016.

As China’s prime juniors have been unable to journey to world and continental age championships throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the authors stated there was not sufficient information for a Progress rating on the time of publication.

When Ding Liren gained the world championship for China this 12 months he was following within the footsteps of the likes of Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun. Pictures: Maria Emelianova/

The authors recognised the evaluation was “imperfect”, however stated they hope the report “can foster optimistic and constructive discussions inside federations and throughout the broader chess group.”

They added: “It permits members of federations and different organisations to set quantifiable targets for girls and women’ chess inside every nation, and to trace progress over time. It’s our objective that the GECI would possibly function a great tool in the direction of gender equality on the planet of chess, fostering a extra inclusive and equitable surroundings for everybody within the recreation.”

FIDE has confronted criticism in recent times for its failure to sort out the gender hole in chess. In 2022, GM Tan Zhongyi, the 2022 Ladies’s Speedy Champion and finalist of the Ladies’s Candidates, was the one feminine chess participant to earn over $100,000 in prize cash in comparison with 19 male rivals―11 of whom earned over $200,000.

In October, the Ladies In Chess Basis—a corporation exterior FIDE—launched with the objective of accelerating the participation charges of women and girls within the recreation in any respect ranges whereas creating safer environments and serving to enhance the standard of ladies’s chess occasions.

It follows a sequence of scandals which have rocked girls’s chess this 12 months. Tales of sexual harassment have emerged, resembling The Wall Road Journal‘s story of how eight girls claimed GM Alejandro Ramirez used his standing to make repeated undesirable sexual advances towards them.

Ellen Carlsen, the sister of the previous world champion, is one other to talk out. She stated that Shahade’s preliminary allegations had led her to report an incident of harassment to the Norwegian Chess Federation.

One other feminine chess participant who has made headlines with current allegations was the English WIM Sabrina Chevannes, who gave an emotional interview to Instances Radio and detailed her harrowing experiences of sexual harassment and misogyny on the platform X. Chevannes stated they prompted her to give up taking part in the sport professionally.

Additionally this 12 months, 14 of France’s most notable feminine gamers signed an open letter entitled “Nous, Joueuse d’échecs,” which denounced what they stated was repeated sexist conduct and acts of violence within the chess world.



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