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Title: Personality profiles of young chess players
Authors: Bilalić, M
McLeod, P
Gobet, F
Keywords: Chess;Personality;Big five model;Gender differences;Children
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Personality and Individual Differences, 42(6): 901–910, Apr 2007
Abstract: Although the game of chess has often featured in psychological research, we know very little about people who play chess, especially about children who take up chess as a hobby. This study presents the personality profiles as measured with the Big Five model (BFQ-C; Barbaranelli et al., 2003) of 219 young children who play chess and 50 of their peers who do not. Children who score higher on Intellect/openness and Energy/extraversion are more likely to play chess while children who score higher on Agreeableness are less likely to be attracted to chess. Boys with higher scores on Agreeableness are less likely to take up chess than boys with lower scores. Considering that girls score higher on Agreeableness, this factor may provide one of the possible reasons why more boys are interested in chess. Although none of the Big Five factors were associated with self-reported skill level, a sub-sample of 25 elite players had significantly higher scores on Intellect/openness than their weaker chess playing peers.
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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