Data from the past 125 years reveals peak chess players in their 30s, plan your next move now

A new study, conducted using data collected over a period of 125 years, reveals that the ability to play chess peaks around the age of 30.

Although our muscle mass begins to deteriorate after the age of 30 at a rate of 3-8%, it seems that the brain begins to thin out in our 30s, as reported Scientific alert.

Based on the data, the scientists prepared a graph that takes into account the player’s age with its share of optimal moves, showing the peak performance age pattern of chess players between the years 1890 and 2014.

For the new study, analysis of 1.6 million individual moves was performed using a computerized chess engine which determined the most optimal move. The analysis of no less than 24,000 games has been carried out. These games were played between 1890 and 2014 by 4,000 players, including 20 world chess champions.

The results also established that after reaching their peak in chess somewhere in their thirties, players maintained it for around a decade, after which performance began to decline.

Another graph was drawn which concerned the experience of a chess player. The conclusions of this analysis were that a player can reach his peak at different times, depending on his experience. It can also be seen that in the 1990s, when players had access to computerized chess games, their performance improved.

This implies that today’s professional chess players, who access more knowledge at a younger age, can expect to reach their cognitive peak earlier.

This new research expands knowledge on the subject of human cognition, exploring when we can expect to reach our cognitive peak.

It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America on October 19.

According to the report, in 2006 another study found that unlike other physical activities, chess performance begins to decline at a much slower rate.

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