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Relative age effect in mind games: the evidence from elite chess

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kristijan Breznik, Kris LawKris Law
Numerous studies have attempted to investigate the factors affecting superior intellectual performance, and it has been proposed that a possible biological marker for superior intellectual performance is the month of birth. In this study, birth details of chess players were obtained from the official international chess federation website. The rating lists of top junior female chess players ("Girls" category), top junior male chess players ("Boys"), top female chess players ("Female"), and top male chess players ("Male") were collected between July 2000 and August 2015. The birth months of each player that appeared in the top rating list were categorized into quarters. Additionally, relative age of chess players was calculated. Results supported the existence of the relative age effect in chess in all categories although a "reverse" RAE was found in the "Male" category.

History

Journal

Perceptual and motor skills

Volume

122

Issue

2

Pagination

583 - 594

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0031-5125

eISSN

1558-688X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal