Epistemic status: Not approved by the Dependent Institutional Review Board.

The study is, simply:

  1. We identify a cohort, say, 5-7 year old children in Mississippi.
  2. We obtain informed consent and register the participants.
  3. We announce that in ten years, there will be a Chess tournament between the participants, with a $25 million prize pool, including a $10 million prize for the champion chess player.

We then study the prize winners demographically.

We note that as we reject the concept of an independent Institutional Review Board, all IRB comments are inliine.


Study Design

The study design review board suggests there be multiple separate competitions, with overlapping geographic and birth cohort domains, and for both chess and Go.

As an outline:


Informed Consent

Our efforts in the field of informed consent include: