LONDON, April 20 (UPI) -- A British chess grandmaster named Nigel Short believes women's brains are "hard-wired" to make them worse at chess than men.
"Men have 10 percent larger brains. They have more grey matter - women have more white matter," he told Sky News. "Women have better verbal skills, women have all sorts of skills that are better than men. But the gap [in chess] is quite large and I believe that's down to sex differences."
He said the differences might lie in the idea that men are more aggressive or more obsessive than women. He claimed sexism may be a factor in chess, but that's not why there might be a skill difference.
A woman named Judit Polgar recently beat Short in a chess match, and he doesn't believe that one loss disproves the general idea.