Preliminary Results of a FIDE Chess Survey (University of New South Wales) by Dr Robert Howard
The sample consists of 581 players (to date):
- 5 grandmasters
- 25 international masters,
- 67 FIDE masters,
- 2 woman’s grandmasters,
- 2 woman’s international masters,
- 2 woman’s FIDE masters.
- 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.
- Good spatial ability,
- High IQ,
- Good memory,
- High motivation,
- Strong will to win,
- Control over emotions,
- Psychological hardiness.
- 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.
- Show that eventual top ten players indeed are identifiable from list entry.
- They get on the rating list much younger on average,
- They get the grandmaster title much younger and much faster.
- They rise in the ratings much faster than other grandmasters.
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