Chess is a board game that requires a lot of thought. Isn’t it a battle of the brains, wits, and wills? So, if you’re already intelligent, you should be very excellent at chess, right?
In general chess players are smart. Professional chess players mostly have good chess players have a good memory, pattern recognition, problem solving and calculation skills.
Being intelligent does not guarantee that you will excel in chess. It just implies that you have the potential to excel at it. Without practice, learning, and dedication, no matter how brilliant you are, you will be a poor chess player.
It’s fascinating to consider the relationship between chess, talent, and intelligence. Let’s take a closer look at what science has to say.
Is It Possible to Have A High IQ And Play Bad Chess?
It is possible to have a high IQ and be bad at chess. Being intelligent won’t give any guarantee to excel in chess. Chess requires talent, hard work and dedication.
If we suppose that persons with a high IQ make up 1% of the world’s population (and, of course, we can define “high IQ” as any IQ over average, allowing 49.9999 percent of the globe to participate), there are 7 billion people on the planet, and hence 70 million people with a high IQ.
Let’s assume that individuals who are “excellent at chess” are delighted to join FIDE in order to compete in their sport. Only about 780,000 FIDE-registered chess players exist.
Even if we assume that the entire membership of FIDE was drawn from that pool of the top 1% (and no such evidence exists – weak evidence suggests that most grandmasters have an IQ of 120 or more, which does not place even the best chess players in the “top 1%”), we still have the equivalent of 1% of all high IQ individuals in FIDE.
As a result, at least 99 percent of high-IQ people aren’t good enough to play competitive chess. Many people play chess as a pastime and don’t wish to compete, therefore some of these people are likely to be good players anyway.
But every single one of them? That’s extremely unlikely, and as a result, there are some people with a high IQ but are terrible at chess.
Is it true that playing chess makes you smarter?
So, there’s some evidence that playing chess can help you build your brain and increase your cognitive ability. Continue exploring the CHESSEASY Academy if you’re looking for more methods to increase your competence, intelligence, and brain health.
Is it true that all chess players are intelligent?
This is a considerably more difficult topic to answer because, first and foremost, “Smart” has no quantitative definition. What do we mean when we say brighter than average? Do we mean the top 1% of the population? Where do we draw the line between smart and not-so-smart?
Best of luck in your chess competition — and in your never-ending desire to learn more!
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