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Male chess players delay resigning when playing against women #TweetOftheDay

Researchers of the King’s College London conducted a study analyzing data from 79.000 chess games finding that men play 8% longer against women than they would in a same-sex game. The study explains male chess players delay resigning when they play against a Woman to avoid the “psychological cost” of losing to a female chess player.

The study suggests that male players feel an expectation to win when playing against a Woman because women have historically been branded worse at chess. That motivates them to avoid resigning or accepting a draw, and play eight percent longer to try and secure victory.

Telegraph’s report on the study:

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