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  1. 12 Oct '07 20:33
    I started playing at a chess club, but I notice that there are only a handful of people my age. While there are a few young kids, some teenagers or young people in their twenties, most people are clearly over 40. I would say that the average age is about 40-50. Is this common? What is the age distribution of your chess club? What about chess players in general?
  2. 12 Oct '07 20:57
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    I started playing at a chess club, but I notice that there are only a handful of people my age. While there are a few young kids, some teenagers or young people in their twenties, most people are clearly over 40. I would say that the average age is about 40-50. Is this common? What is the age distribution of your chess club? What about chess players in general?
    My club has a similar age distribution to yours. We might get a slightly higher attendance of young kids at the club tournaments compared to just normal skittles club days, but in general, my club is mostly older adults.

    But don't let that bother you. Lots of people don't even have a chess club in their town, so consider yourself lucky. And the members in my club will gladly play anyone, kids, adults, it doesn't matter.
  3. 12 Oct '07 21:16
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    I started playing at a chess club, but I notice that there are only a handful of people my age. While there are a few young kids, some teenagers or young people in their twenties, most people are clearly over 40. I would say that the average age is about 40-50. Is this common? What is the age distribution of your chess club? What about chess players in general?
    The club I visit now and then have an average of about 50. Most comment that they left chess while kids were growing up and got back into it afterwards.
  4. 12 Oct '07 21:28
    Our club average, I would guess, is about mid-late 30s. www.westportchessclub.org We have kids, highschoolers, and quite a few college students.
  5. 12 Oct '07 22:20 / 1 edit
    I might meet you over the board someday Sicilian Smaug. I play for west london chess club.
  6. 12 Oct '07 22:27
    Chess Player Demographics: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=752764 This is interesting. It seems my club is not too far from average. Although, there is another really good club, the Mechanics Institute that has many more young people.
  7. 12 Oct '07 22:41
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    Chess Player Demographics: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=752764 This is interesting. It seems my club is not too far from average. Although, there is another really good club, the Mechanics Institute that has many more young people.
    I've heard of the Mechanics Institute. Great reputation and a number of big names.
  8. 12 Oct '07 22:58
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    Yep. I also got a match this wensday as well.
  9. 12 Oct '07 23:05
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    I won with black as well. I've read somewhere with people under 160 having white or black doesnt make much diffrence to the result. They are just as likely to win with black or white.
  10. 13 Oct '07 02:08
    50 members,6 kids (-15),rest are 40+
  11. Standard member GalaxyShield
    Mr. Shield
    13 Oct '07 02:31
    My club has 3 people over 40 who come. Only about 10-15 regular members now (school club, so people naturally move on after 18). We only have 3 people over 14 to come so far this year, myself being one of them.
  12. 13 Oct '07 05:29
    I run the Reneaissance Academy up North in Bradford England, Average age is one of the motivations behind setting up an access point so league clubs can request players when they are short. This year alone we have set up 3 teams for 3 different clubs (filled with juniors and their parents) and already started to get older juniors to play for other teams around the district. The average age of Bradford and District Chess Ass went up 12 months every year, it just dropped when we set up the Academy. How do you recruit new players?

    Renegade (Charles)
  13. 13 Oct '07 08:14
    The increase in the average age is not confined to chess clubs. Young people tend to make less formal groupings unless they've been club-trained in school. My own family's experience - ski club, chess clubs, amateur radio club, golf club, PC user club, woodworking club - shows average age +40 except for the ski club, which has no trouble adding the children of existing members to its list. But new members still keep appearing, they just start after age 40 mostly.
  14. 16 Oct '07 23:50
    make recruiting your goal, and evert clubs members goal and things happen.
  15. 17 Oct '07 09:23
    Ealing Chess Club now has it's highest ever membership (around 50) and that's saying something as the club began in 1885 so is one of the oldest in the country. A number of the new intake got into chess via the internet and fancy playing OTB...so in a round about way internet chess is helping the club grow. But at 45 I'm still one of the youngsters although the demographic is changing as more young(er) players come in. Sadly there isn't a junior section at the moment.