A computational aesthetics assessment of chess playing quality between the genders

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Abstract

Aesthetics or beauty in chess is a quality appreciated by most players. However, there is scant research on the differences of aesthetic perception between the genders, especially given the lower participation of females in this domain. Using an experimentally-validated computational aesthetics model for chess, we evaluated a fair selection of winning chess move sequences taken from games played between women and men. Contrary to previous research that was not as thorough, we found no statistically significant difference in the aesthetic quality of those sequences between the groups. The results suggest that aesthetic ability, perception and appreciation in the game are likely not affected by gender. This also implies that training methods and promotion of the game to girls or young women have less, if any, basis for being any different from those that pertain to boys or men. Furthermore, the arguably absolute lack of participation of women in the sub-domain of chess problem composition - in which aesthetics plays an even more significant role - likely has little, if anything, to do with innate capability unless otherwise demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 the 8th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, WCSE 2018
PublisherInternational Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering (WCSE)
Pages313-317
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9789811178610
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2018
Event2018 8th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, WCSE 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 28 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2018 the 8th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, WCSE 2018

Other

Other2018 8th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, WCSE 2018
CountryThailand
CityBangkok
Period28/06/1830/06/18

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Mohamed Iqbal, M. A., & Nagappan, S. (2018). A computational aesthetics assessment of chess playing quality between the genders. In Proceedings of 2018 the 8th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, WCSE 2018 (pp. 313-317). (Proceedings of 2018 the 8th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, WCSE 2018). International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering (WCSE).