Does chess ELO rating of players (who have trained/played approximately the same amount of time) correlate with IQ?

The claim is 'IQ and chess ELO ratings don't correlate', a view widespread in chess-circles. But I have never seen any actual study of it. But then again, some of the top chess-players (Polgar 170, Kasparov 186, Fishcer 190) are claimed to have genius level IQ.

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    Hello fzk, "intelligence areas appear inactive when people puzzle over game strategy," Sheng He, who is based at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said. Furthermore, "[a]mateur chess [...] players do not use an area that is believed to house general intelligence." (Chen, X et al. A functional MRI study of high-level cognition II. The game of GO. Cognitive Brain Research | Atherton, M. et al. A functional MRI study of high-level cognition. I. The game of chess. Cognitive Brain Research.) – Carlo Alterego Jan 1 '13 at 11:58

I found the following study on chess and intelligence:

The study claims that intelligence was not a significant factor in chess skill, and that if anything, intelligence correlated negatively with chess skill.

When an elite subsample of 23 children was tested, it turned out that intelligence was not a significant factor in chess skill, and that, if anything, it tended to correlate negatively with chess skill.

Therefore I believe that there is no simple intuitive between IQ and chess.

Furthermore, although not directly answering your question, the following study found here: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract;jsessionid=F469EBCCF640F52EBA17EECEC2040A9A.journals?fromPage=online&aid=428239, states:

In 1927 Djakow et all first showed that world-class chess players do not have exceptional intellectual abilities.

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    The articles are paid so I cannot view them, do they mention IQ (the ability to solve IQ tests), or intelligence in general (however it is measured)? – comodoro Jan 7 '13 at 18:04
  • Sorry for the delayed response. Yes the studies used IQ to measure the "intelligence" of the subjects, so when they say intelligence, they actually mean IQ. – Kenshin Jan 17 '13 at 13:43
  • Go reread your study. The elite subsample has an average IQ over 1 SD higher than the rest of the group. – user36403 Oct 23 '16 at 2:38
  • @IanR Um...yes? They started with 57 people, then took an "elite" subsample of the population, where "elite" means that they have higher IQ. So your statement that the elite subsample had a higher IQ is a tautology. What point are you trying to make? – KAI Oct 24 '16 at 20:35

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