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The topic of sex differences when it comes to matters of the mind is, dispensable to say, a divisive one. Those who wish to argue that women are just not as smart as men often point to chess as their case. Although girls can obviously play, no woman’s ever been the world champion. But before looking for functional or etiological explanations for the disparity, technicians say you need to do the math. Serious chess players are assigned ratings based on their realization against other players. So, the scientists related the ratings of the top hundred male and top hundred female players from Germany. And they found that the men undeniably outperformed the women. However, that difference can be almost entirely explained by the statistics.

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