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2 - Quantifying Chess Skill

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 December 2020

Angel Blanch
Affiliation:
Universitat de Lleida
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The availability of objective quantitative measures of a player’s chess strength makes chess an optimum field to study individual differences. While several indicators quantify accurately chess skill, the Elo rating system is by far the most popular and worldwide-accepted chess skill indicator. Every chess player participating regularly in rated tournaments holds an Elo rating, a dynamic indicator that depends on the outcomes in the games played within a given time period considering the Elo rating of the opponents. The chapter provides an in-depth description of the Elo chess rating system, while highlighting valid alternatives such as the Universal rating system (URS). The quantitative rating of chess skill has been used in a variety of studies addressing relevant topics in several fields of psychological research, which are summarized within the Appendix 1 of the book.

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Print publication year: 2020

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  • Quantifying Chess Skill
  • Angel Blanch, Universitat de Lleida
  • Book: Chess and Individual Differences
  • Online publication: 03 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108567732.003
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  • Quantifying Chess Skill
  • Angel Blanch, Universitat de Lleida
  • Book: Chess and Individual Differences
  • Online publication: 03 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108567732.003
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  • Quantifying Chess Skill
  • Angel Blanch, Universitat de Lleida
  • Book: Chess and Individual Differences
  • Online publication: 03 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108567732.003
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