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Default chess rating vs. IQ - why geniuses lose to idiots

On Wednesday, December 30, 1998 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-5, Greg Kennedy wrote:
Here is a problem for the people who claim chess ratings
correspond to IQ's: Why is it that "geniuses" like Nimzovich
occasionally lose to an "idiot"? What is the probability of
this occurring in a tournament? Of the "genius" jumping up
onto a table and querying his awful predicament? And why is
it that I continue to lose to "idiots" and "morons", as well
as the occasional pea brain though my rating far exceeds
theirs, just as your theory predicts? Could it be that
disdain for an opponent's IQ has an adverse effect on the
strength of the superior player when they meet OTB, in
effect canceling out part of his or her advantage? And how
do you account for the "geniuses" throughout history who
played mediocre chess? Perhaps far too much is made of the
correlation between chess ratings and IQ.

- Greg Kennedy


Princeton's Feynman, Nobel and all, rejected a 200IQ awarded him by Mensa. He said he had often tested himself and he was about 130.

A little of IQ has to do with pattern recognition, but too little. Gardner's 'Multiple Intelligence Theory' 'splains it much better

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