Senior Chess Players – Survey

Important chess study by York University researchers

A group of researchers from York University is examining the influence of chess participation on health outcomes. They would like to have senior chess players (aged 50+) complete a short survey focusing on things such as life satisfaction, preventative health behaviours, injuries, and several psychological factors related to health, well-being, and mental decline.

The primary goal of the study is to understand whether participation in chess at an older age serves to significantly increase one’s level of mental health and engagement in positive health behaviours, and if so, to identify what aspects of chess participation (social, mental, or competitive, etc.) are likely to be the source of these differences.

With the help of our participation, they hope to generate enough evidence of the many health benefits of chess participation amongst the aging population and strongly believe their research will help promote chess amongst individuals of the same age group!

Take the survey!

We encourage you to help with this valuable project by clicking on the following link and completing the anonymous survey:

They are aiming to have at least 100 surveys completed by December; and of course the larger the sample the more accurate the outcome.

We will endeavor to have printed copies of the survey at the club in the next two weeks for those (few) who are not able to use the online version. For your further information here is the background and e-mail of the York U researcher with whom we are communicating:

Rona El-Bakri BSc (Specialized Honours) MSc Candidate (Kinesiology & Health Science, Diploma in Neuroscience) School of Kinesiology & Health Science, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M2J-1P3 Email:

Thank you for helping with this project, the board of directors of ACC believe it will assist greatly in raising the recognition of the value of chess in our society and culture.

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The man in the featured picture is of course Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, who was active in top-level chess into his 80s.

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