Only 7% of People Know The Name of The Current World Chess Champion – World Chess

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Magnus Carlsen, the  current World Chess Champion, stunned fans earlier this week by  announcing that he will not  be defending his title in  the  next match and  will effectively retire from the  Championship cycle (but  not  from chess).


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YouGov , the  leading research company and  FIDE Online Arena , the  official gaming platform of  the  International Chess Federation, conducted a  survey in  the  US and  the  UK to  determine how many people know the  name of  the  World Champion and  which country he is from. The  survey results were surprising, only 7 percent of  people asked in  the  UK (9 percent in  the  US) could correctly pick the  name of  the  World Champion out of  10 options. 4 percent of  all respondents incorrectly said that the  title is still held by  Garry Kasparov, who retired from competitive chess in  2005, whilst 77 % indicated that they don’t know the  current World Champion’s name.

Results were similar when asked where the  Champion is from, with 6 percent of  the  respondents correctly indicating that the  Champion will be from Norway, while 15 percent erroneously believe that the  current Champion hails from Russia, and  5 percent believe that the  Champion is from the  United States (the  last American World Chess Champion was Bobby Fischer in  1972).

The  survey also offered remarkable insight into chess demographics; 14 percent of  young adults (18 to  24 year old) correctly named the  World Chess Champion versus 4 percent among the  older respondents (55+). According to  these findings, chess is seemingly more popular among younger demographics both in  the  US and  the  UK.

The  inaugural report, the  first official Mentally stimulating games Awareness Barometer , will be released annually to  measure awareness and  popularity of  the  elite chess players and  the  Globe Chess Champion.

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