Chess And IQ

Chess expertise is often thought to be a sign of a high IQ, but is this really the case? And does it really matter?

A good way to describe this question is with the word ‘complex’. Chess and other areas of expertise seem to be highly dependent on knowledge, and for this dedication is more important than intelligence. To further complicate the issue, people can become ‘expert’ in IQ tests.

Personally speaking I’ve always admired character more than talent and more than speed. And these may not be particularly well represented either by chess or IQ rating lists.