People keep sending me these links, so here.
WSJ on abolishing women's titles. That's something I've been ranting in favor of for so long I don't see the point of linking to someone else talking about it. But it's a tidy summary of the arguments and how the existence of women's titles can be perceived from outside the chess world. That is, as sexist and idiotic affirmative action that does little more than formalize low expectations. Same goes for women-only professional events, though at least that's a direct cash subsidy to promote women in the game, which isn't a bad idea in and of itself, just poor implementation. Every time Hou Yifan is the top seed an angel loses its wings.
On a somewhat related note, Anna Zatonskih just destroyed the rest of the field in the US women's championship with 8.5/9 to take her second consecutive and third title overall.
And this NY Times video with NY Yankees manager Joe Girardi talking, and playing, chess. Ooh, chess as a sports metaphor. So painful. Just give thanks they don't give the game score. It sounds atrocious. On baseball, it's always interested me that it doesn't have any sort of clock. Somehow I find that cool, though I don't really enjoy watching it much anymore. "Five minutes of action crammed into three hours" is how I remember hearing baseball described. It's all about tension.