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Do strong chess players today possess different qualities than their predecessors in the 1800’s?

Question: Given the increase in chess theory, are different kinds of people likely to be strong chess players now than in the 1800s or earlier (e.g., people with greater memory)?

Answer: It’s also important to realize that brute memorization is not a very important factor in chess success. The important factors that the 19th century chess masters used to excel at chess are by and large the same as today with the main difference being that, in the 21st century, chess is available to the masses and thus talented players have the ability to achieve great success regardless of their family wealth. The ten main factors for chess success common between 19th century and 21st century chess players are… https://www.quora.com/Given-the-increase-in-chess-theory-are-different-kinds-of-people-likely-to-be-strong-chess-players-now-than-in-the-1800s-or-earlier-e-g-people-with-greater-memory/answer/Chris-Torres-13?ch=10&share=069c8895&srid=i4Sz

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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