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  1. Standard member KellyJay
    Walk your Faith
    14 Jul '09 06:53 / 1 edit
    Rating as well just wondering
    Left handed KellyJay 1721
  2. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    14 Jul '09 13:33 / 1 edit
    Left-handed, 1628 or thereabouts.
  3. 14 Jul '09 13:51
    right-handed 1665
  4. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    15 Jul '09 04:21
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    right-handed 1665
    right handed, should be about 1750.

    In case you're wondering, I really don't think which hand you prefer has anything to do with chess ability.
  5. Subscriber coquette
    Already mated
    15 Jul '09 05:58
    This forum doesn't belong in Science as the sampling is a voluntary convenience sampling method. There is, however, an interesting question about whether the proportion of left-handed players differs from right-handed players, and if there is a significant difference in the playing strengths of left-handed and right-handed players.

    A quick and easy OTB tournament study could be conducted at a rated tournament. It would have greater validity, for tournament players as a target subject group. Ideally, a large tournamant, such as the World Open would provide the best sampling.
  6. Standard member KellyJay
    Walk your Faith
    15 Jul '09 13:56 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by coquette
    This forum doesn't belong in Science as the sampling is a voluntary convenience sampling method. There is, however, an interesting question about whether the proportion of left-handed players differs from right-handed players, and if there is a significant difference in the playing strengths of left-handed and right-handed players.

    A quick and easy OTB t ...[text shortened]... ect group. Ideally, a large tournamant, such as the World Open would provide the best sampling.
    Sweet, it only took five posts for someone to complain; however,
    I really do want to know. Being left-handed I was wondering what
    if anything it had to do with playing strenght.
    Kelly
  7. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    15 Jul '09 14:23
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Sweet, it only took five posts for someone to complain; however,
    I really do want to know. Being left-handed I was wondering what
    if anything it had to do with playing strenght.
    Kelly
    http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5147

    Looks like about 18% of chess players are left handed, as compared to 10% in the general population, but there's no correlation between handedness and skill level.
  8. Subscriber coquette
    Already mated
    15 Jul '09 23:54
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Sweet, it only took five posts for someone to complain; however,
    I really do want to know. Being left-handed I was wondering what
    if anything it had to do with playing strenght.
    Kelly
    You mistook my comment as a complaint. I'm not complainging about that, though, as I'm taking as a left-handed compliment.
  9. Standard member KellyJay
    Walk your Faith
    16 Jul '09 05:18
    Originally posted by coquette
    You mistook my comment as a complaint. I'm not complainging about that, though, as I'm taking as a left-handed compliment.
    I see, I humbly bow and say my bad! Well done!
    Kelly
  10. Subscriber karoly aczel
    Happy Chappie
    23 Jul '09 20:47
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Sweet, it only took five posts for someone to complain; however,
    I really do want to know. Being left-handed I was wondering what
    if anything it had to do with playing strenght.
    Kelly
    I think left handed players could play more intuitively, making them better at openings. Therefore right-handed players would be better at end-game.
    (left-handed rating:1350)
  11. Standard member caissad4
    Child of the Novelty
    23 Jul '09 23:38
    Caissad4 : right handed, rating 2037, most tourney wins at RHP, and female
  12. 24 Jul '09 20:39
    hoping to get to 1700 soon

    dominant hand and foot are right -- dominant eye is left

    What if you took a bunch of right-handed people and had them all spend an extensive amount of time doing complex tasks like writing with their left hands. How many would eventually become ambidextrous?

    Most (right-handed) people's left-handed writing looks like a first-grader's writing (back when everyone was just learning how to write). Consider how much practice the left hand has gotten since first grade. What if people spent an equal amount of time with both hands while they were growing up?

    In baseball, it's not uncommon to see people who throw right-handed, but bat exclusively from the left side. Most likely these are people who were right-handed, but were taught to hit from the left side from an early age to get an advantage (since most pitchers throw right-handed). So they end up becoming much better at hitting from the left side than from their "dominant" right side.
  13. 24 Jul '09 21:48
    Originally posted by Melanerpes
    hoping to get to 1700 soon

    dominant hand and foot are right -- dominant eye is left

    What if you took a bunch of right-handed people and had them all spend an extensive amount of time doing complex tasks like writing with their left hands. How many would eventually become ambidextrous?

    Most (right-handed) people's left-handed writing looks like a ...[text shortened]... p becoming much better at hitting from the left side than from their "dominant" right side.
    I throw left, bat both.