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.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: