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Preliminary results of FIDE chess survey

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Preliminary Results of FIDE Chess Survey

Thanks to everyone who took part in this survey. Here are the
preliminary results. The sample consist of 581 players to date, with
five grandmasters, 25 international masters, 67 FIDE masters, two
woman's grandmasters, two woman's international masters, and two
woman's FIDE masters. The results are only preliminary, however.

If you would like to participate in the survey and you have an FIDE
rating, please go to this link:


Some highlights:

Players learned the moves at a median age of eight years old (masters
about two years younger). The median age of starting serious play and
taking part in the first rated tournament is 14, 12 for masters. Most
players have had coaching. Players average around five or six hours of
chess study a week, but the range is huge (0 to 60 hours). Number of
hours of study of chess material is a factor in expertise level but
only a relatively minor one.

Most players firmly believe in natural talent for chess and most
believe that top ten players have some special traits, that few really
can reach that level. However, many believe that a lot of study and
practice can take a player a long way. Some believe that almost
everyone can get to FIDE master with enough practice and study.

Views on what natural talent for chess consists of vary, but some
common ideas are good spatial ability, high IQ, good memory,
creativity, high motivation, a strong will to win, control over
emotions, and psychological hardiness.

Eventual grandmasters take a median 390 FIDE-rated games from rating
list entry to gain the title. Most players do not play anywhere near
enough rated games in their careers to have a realistic chance of
becoming a grandmaster. About two thirds of those who do play over 900
games actually succeed in becoming a grandmaster. However, those who
play over 740 games without becoming a grandmaster on average seem to
strike an impassable barrier at around 2400 level.

Analysis of rating data of players who played over 900 FIDE-rated
games show that eventual top ten players indeed are identifiable from
list entry. They get on the rating list much younger on average, get
the grandmaster title much younger and much faster, and rise in the
ratings much faster than other grandmasters.

Most believe that playing rated games and studying are equally
important in developing skill.

The full article is below.


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