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Progress in Battle of the Gender, or not?

Battle of the gender in the chess world

On Sept. 20-21, 2003, the 30th anniversary of the Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs historic Battle of the Sexes tennis match, which took place at the Houston Astrodome, I played two Battle of the Gender matches against two of the top American Grandmasters Boris Gulko (former USSR and U.S. champion, many times Olympian) and Alex Stripunsky (former U.S. Open, Grand Prix Champion, a former top 5 American player). I won both matches by the score of 2-0 and 2-0.

Then in 2004 and 2005, I participated in two historic Clash of Titans – Battle of the Gender matches against Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, seven-time World Chess champion, the man who succeeded Bobby Fischer as champion. Both matches ended in a 3-3 tie.

Unfortunately, nearly 13 years later, Hou Yifan took on a much older Karpov in a 6-game match, which ended a few hours ago, and lost 2.5-3.5. This is disappointing. I was rooting for her to make this break through.

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