Chess: What will it take for Singapore to produce its first female grandmaster?

Of the 1,415 active grandmasters worldwide, only 29 are women.

Singapore's only SEA Games gold medallist Gong Qianyun is a woman grandmaster, a title awarded exclusively to women. PHOTO: SPORTSG
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SINGAPORE - Over the past few weeks, Netflix series The Queen's Gambit has captured the attention of millions around the world as they watch the show's protagonist Beth Harmon rise through the ranks in the male-dominated world of chess en route to earning the coveted grandmaster title.

Becoming a grandmaster - the highest title a chess player can attain - is no easy feat for anyone. But historically, women have found it hard to compete on equal footing with men.

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