Battle of the Sexes 23rd Jan - 3rd Feb 2022       #gibchess

Battle of the Sexes 2022 - Press Release 1 Image

Battle of the Sexes 2022 - Press Release 1

Nov 26, 2021

John Saunders Reports: International chess returns to Gibraltar in a new and exciting format in January 2022. Between 24 January and 3 February, ten top-rated women players will meet a team of ten similarly rated men at classical chess in the #GibChess Battle of the Sexes match-tournament, followed by the prize giving dinner on the final day. With ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ still fresh in everyone’s mind, this Classical Battle of the Sexes is sure to be a big hit.

Men vs women match-tournaments have been held previously, notably the series of Veterans vs Women dance-themed match-tournaments of the 1990s, but we believe this is the first time that teams of men and women players have been selected to match each other closely in terms of average rating and age. Over the course of ten rounds and 100 games, this Scheveningen-format match-tournament will contribute some socio-scientific evidence to the debate as to whether men or women of similar ratings are likely to outperform the opposite gender, or whether the rating system gets this right.