life in check is he podcast where Leontxo García displays the stories, anecdotes and knowledge accumulated in the 50 years that he has been covering the world of chess all over the world, 39 of them in EL PAÍS. The first of a series of eight episodes is now available, one of which will be released every Tuesday, and which will allow you to discover a world that the author describes as “a gold mine.” The reason, which has connections with education, literature, artificial intelligence, international politics or psychology. In short, with life: hence the title of his podcast.
For its premiere, Leontxo García wanted to dedicate a chapter to answering the question he is asked in all the talks, interviews and conferences: why are there so few women in the world of chess? Indeed, the impression responds to a fact: in this sport that has been covering half a century, the expert says that for every 10 men who practice it, only one woman does it. More confusing than that figure are the causes. Is it a genetic issue? Of Education? Or is it a mix of both? Although the former should not be underestimated until the differences between the male and female brains are more thoroughly known, the most exceptional chess players in history with whom Leontxo García has spoken point to the educational issue as the fundamental reason.
And if the role of women is the focus of the first installment, science will be the protagonist of the second, which will be broadcast on Tuesday, January 31. From the 18th century to the 20th, inventors have been obsessed with creating mechanical devices that played chess. For this reason, in the middle of the last century, the fathers of computing chose it as a field of experimentation for artificial intelligence after verifying that the number of different possible items is greater than the number of atoms in the universe. Without forgetting that important advances in science are due to what has been learned with chess. A original podcast from EL PAÍS Audio.
Edition: Ana Ribera
Sound design: Nacho Taboada
Recording: Camilo Iriarte and Nicolás Tsabertidis
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