Which gender plays more beautiful chess?

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Abstract

Chess is typically a male-dominated sport. However, women play the game as well but usually against each other. The reasons for this are debatable. Aesthetics is also an important part of the game and the reason why many people play. It is an essential component of the (even more so) maledominated world of chess composition. In this research, our goal was to determine if games between men and games between women showed any statistically significant difference in terms of aesthetics. We analyzed using a computational aesthetics model two sets of games (one small, one large) between males and between females irrespective of playing strength and age. We found in the smaller set that there was no difference but in the larger set that the games between men were, on average, more beautiful than those between women. This suggests that men are more likely to have a better artistic sense in the game and therefore appreciate it more. It might also help to explain the relative non-existence of master female chess problem composers. It follows that, similarly, women may have better artistic senses in other games or domains as compared to men.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015
EditorsFonny Hutagalung, Ford Lumban Gaol, Nailya Bagautdinova, Lenar Safiullin
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages375-380
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138028388
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2016
Event4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015 - Jakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 07 Nov 201508 Nov 2015

Publication series

NameSocial Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015

Other

Other4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015
CountryIndonesia
CityJakarta
Period07/11/1508/11/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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    Iqbal, A. (2016). Which gender plays more beautiful chess? In F. Hutagalung, F. L. Gaol, N. Bagautdinova, & L. Safiullin (Eds.), Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015 (pp. 375-380). (Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015). CRC Press/Balkema.