Fuck You, Bobby Fischer: The Emotional Labour of Playing Chess as a Woman

Katerina Bryant

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Abstract

Writing this down for the first time, it feels like a middle class origin story. I'm five years old, sitting in the 'library' of my parents' home. It's not a large room; books overflow from the shelves. Mum sits across from me, showing how the pieces move. A knight gallops in an L-shape; one, two, turn-the-corner. This is not some­thing she had expected to show her child-the chess set in the corner of the room is ornamental but the glimmering brass pieces on the leather board have caught my attention, and I'm fixated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBalancing Acts : Women in Sport
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on power, performance, bodies & love
EditorsJustin Wolfers, Erin Riley
Place of PublicationMelbourne, VIC.
PublisherBrow Books
Pages195-207
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781925704020
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • women's sport
  • chess
  • emotional labour

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