Lolz. So you only competed in chest tournaments with all male competitors? Interesting.<quoted text>
Yeah, a few. They weren't anything big time, they were local competitions amongst the residents of the towns. I played a bunch of times in a mountain resort community here called Big Bear Lake.
I never had a chance to play female contestants, honestly I've never known any female that knows how to play chess.
In a Christian dominated society, a prayer to God is in order.
In a Muslim dominated to society, a prayer to Allah is in order.
In a Hindu dominated society, a prayer to Vishnu is in order.
In an atheist dominated society, I suppose a moment of silence would be in order, if they wanted to recognize their version of a prayer. Don't know why they would.
I have a great love for the game. Played since I was four; I was a prodigy. Went to my first National Championships at the ripe old age of 8. Sadly, I did not make team. This was in the years just following Apartheid and strict quotas were adhered to - black players were selected ahead of white players. Was very sad, but even then I was not bitter: It was affirmative action. For 80 years they could not make it to the championships due to skin colour. I am happy to report, however, that these quotas have been lifted.
Anyways, I have taught some chess class, but I had to do that during my lunch hour at work. Fun, but tight schedule. Currently, I am coaching my 9 year old half sister; she made the South African team just last week. Finished fifth for u/10 girls. World Championships coming up in December