Monday, March 26, 2012
The role of gender in the game of bridge
This photo shows the winners from the Roth Open Swiss Teams that concluded yesterday. Take a look at it and see if you notice anything? Well, you may guess from the title what I'm getting at -- they are all men.
Xwing called me this morning. In the last Daily Bulletin, the front page showed photos of all the winners from events that ended Sunday. She pointed out that there were 30 winners and runners-up in open events (not counting the Women's Swiss Teams), and 29 of them were male. There was one young lady who was second in Flight C of the North American Pairs, and that's it.
Why is this? I don't think anyone believes that men are smarter than women, so what skills do men have that translate to winning at bridge (or poker, for that matter)? This has been discussed before and people say men are more aggressive than women and aggressive bridge is winning bridge, and so forth. There must, however, be more to it than that, and I wish I knew the answer. Maybe some social scientist should investigate and write his or her dissertation on the subject.
Photo taken with my P&S.