Sex differences in intellectual performance: analysis of a large cohort of competitive chess players.

@article{Chabris2006SexDI,
  title={Sex differences in intellectual performance: analysis of a large cohort of competitive chess players.},
  author={Christopher F. Chabris and Mark E. Glickman},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2006},
  volume={17 12},
  pages={1040-6}
}
Only 1% of the world's chess grandmasters are women. This underrepresentation is unlikely to be caused by discrimination, because chess ratings objectively reflect competitive results. Using data on the ratings of more than 250,000 tournament players over 13 years, we investigated several potential explanations for the male domination of elite chess. We found that (a) the ratings of men are higher on average than those of women, but no more variable; (b) matched boys and girls improve and drop… CONTINUE READING