Sunday, January 30, 2011

Age of top chess players

I heard in a book I recently read that Chess is dominated by young people. I couldn't find a good source to check this though. So I went ahead and looked at the top ranked players in America:

Born 1987Born 1974Born 1975Born 1983Born 1975Born 1960Born 1991Born 1962Born 1970Born 1956
1Nakamura, Hikaru (12641216)

2Kamsky, Gata (12528459)

3Onischuk, Alexander (12625186)

4Akobian, Varuzhan (12740522)

5Shulman, Yury (12741541)

6Seirawan, Yasser (10509459)

7Hess, Robert L (12749774)

8Ehlvest, Jaan (12514557)

Stripunsky, Alexander (12715435)

10Christiansen, Larry M (10460921)

The youngest player in the top 10 is therefore 19 years old, the oldest is 54. This is a much wider range than I actually expected. A 35 year range between the youngest and oldest player is pretty impressive.

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