Originally posted by wormwood
IQ does NOT test how fast your brain processes information. figuring things out fast and slow are entirely different type of 'intelligence', and neither has been shown to be any better than the other. many scientists do badly in fast thinking, but on the long haul produce extremely deep results. and vice versa.
memory and photographic memory seems to be ...[text shortened]... at tennis.
talent is nothing, work ethics are everything. (and age is all but irrelevant)
There seems to be a lot of misinformation about IQs being given out.
Of course speed of processig information is part of a person's IQ. If it wasnt then why do they time the tests? A person who is not intelligent is called "slow". Anyone could figure most anything out if given enough time but the term "intelligence" means the people who figure it out the fastest.
Intelligence is by definition processing speed:
"...capacity to acqure"
Wechsler IQ test. Note #4
And some more:
Memory is a huge advantage in chess. Imagine how good you could be if you never had to study openings but could just remember every game you ever saw? How about everything you ever read ? Again, Fischer's memory was as legendary as his play.
Your logic is flawed though. Just because memory is an advantage doesnt mean that anyone with a good memory is automatically world champion. There's a lot more to it than that. In fact, at the very top it could become a disadvantage if people rely on it too much and dont develop other parts of thir game. But, we're not talking about the world's best, we're talking about a guy that hasnt been playing very long.
But your last comment blows my mind. You're saying that chess is only about muscle movement and has nothing to do with thinking? Really? I dont think that really requires a response.
Your logic is flawed again. You're saying that because there are examples of people with high IQs who arent good at chess that that means that somehow inteligence isnt related to chess. I think its obvious thats wrong but to return to my basketball analogy: Yeah, there are tall people who arent good at basketball but that doesnt mean height isnt an advantage. All things being equal you would prefer to be 7'0 over 5'0. Same thing with chess. While a Fischer-like 180 IQ doesnt automatically make you world champion if I had to choose between 180 and 80 its not a hard choice.