Are you ready to have your eyes roll completely to the back of your head today? If not, take a moment to prepare yourself because that's EXACTLY what's about to happen.
Meet Nigel Short, a British chess grandmaster, whose recent claims in an article in New In Chess magazine are raising eyebrows around the world. Short, ranked No. 64 in the world, proclaimed that men are better than women at playing chess because, ahem, their "brains are hard-wired very differently."
So that sounds super scientific and stuff.
He furthered his ridiculous argument by explaining his wife has a "much higher degree of emotional intelligence" but that she "doesn't feel embarrassed in asking me to maneuver the car out of our narrow garage." OK then.
Because it's 2015 and blatant sexism isn't exactly the most accepted thing anymore, the article was widely criticized. But not one to simply apologize and let the whole thing blow over -- perhaps men's brains aren't wired to do so -- Short continued to embarrass himself with an appearance on Sky News.
He then continued to defend himself on Twitter.
If your eyes somehow are still in the front of your head and you can still read this, it's worth noting that Short has lost to a woman -- Judit Polgar, the former women's world champion -- in competition before.Amanda Ross, who runs the Casual Chess cafe in London, perfectly explained the loss to the Daily Telegraph. "She must have brought her man brain," Ross was quoted as saying. "Let's just hope Nigel didn't crash his car on those days, trying to park it. At least this resolves the age-old debate as to whether there's a direct link between chess-playing ability and intelligence. Clearly not."
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