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Chess and IQ Relationship

  • 3 days ago · Quote · #41





    100-87= 13

    I guess u could say the 13% left could come from the enviroment outside your family group. Friends, teachers, schools, readings, and other sources of interaction.

  • 3 days ago · Quote · #42


    Never talk about IQ. It only brings up the braggarts.

  • 3 days ago · Quote · #43



  • 3 days ago · Quote · #44


    Peeple that play chess are smrater than peeple that don't. 

  • 3 days ago · Quote · #45


    Don't even get me started on IQ.

    First of all, the fundamental idea of IQ is flawed.  This is because it is not logical to try and represent someone's overall intelligence with a single figure as there are many different classifications of intellignce and in my opinion they cannot be combined into one representation for the same reason you can't simplify the expression "3 + a" or you can't concatenate a string and an integer in programming; they just aren't compatible.  

    In addition to this, there is no accurate way (and there may never be) an accurate way to measure intelligence.  Keeping aside all the bogus "IQ Tests" you can find all over the internet today, even the so called "professional" IQ tests fail to determine any kind of valid representation of intelligence because there is simply no way to express an abstract conception like intelligence as a numerical value.

    In conclusion: "People who boast about their IQ's are losers." - Steven Hawking

    And to answer your question we have to assume that intelligence is not a constant, but is forever changing (which you will find it is if you research), I would make the hypothesis the average chess player is more "intelligent" than the average human being.  My theory is that the vast majority of  active chess players have  developed a certain level of skill to the game and to acheive this skill, in their games they must apply the knowledge they know to the situation (the definition of intelligence).  Because of this I suspect these chess players would have to have a "base level" of intelligence, which is not present if you are recording the intelligence of the average human being, therefore in effect, "filtering" out those of less intelligence so that the average intelligence of a chess player is ever so slightly higher than those who are not.

    This does not answer if chess makes you smarter, it's just a possible conclusion that could be drawn from the question of if chess players are smarter than your average Joe.

    TL;DR IQ may affect if you play chess, but it is uncertain if chess affects your IQ.  Also, IQs are dumb.

  • 5 hours ago · Quote · #46


    Excelling at chess has long been considered a symbol of more general intelligence. That is an incorrect assumption in my view, as pleasant as it might be. ~ chess quote by Garry Kasparov

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