Chessable Seeks Applicants for Chessable Research Awards

Chessable, a leading platform in chess improvement and part of the Play Magnus Group, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to apply for the Chessable Research Awards.

The Chessable Research Awards are an initiative to develop our understanding of how chess can benefit our lives, how we can improve our knowledge of the game, and how we can understand other phenomena, both within and outside of the chess world. University students from all fields of study, such as cognitive psychology, education, literature, history, computer science, etc., are invited to apply.

Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to, how playing chess impacts society or personal development, methods for improving the memorization of chess theory, the gender gap in chess participation, using ideas from chess to solve real-world problems, etc.

Chessable's Chief Science Officer Dr. Alexey Root says, “With the Chessable Research Awards, Chessable hopes to encourage existing chess researchers and to help launch new chess research projects worldwide.”

Winning students and their faculty research sponsors will receive monetary awards and publicity in Chessable blog posts and newsletters. Three cycles of awards per year are planned. Applications for this first cycle are due Saturday, October 1, 2022, for research to be conducted in January 2023.

To successfully apply, each student must have a faculty research sponsor, who fills out a separate application.
For more information about the Chessable Research Awards and the link to apply, visit:

Applicant questions and media requests for interview/comment should go to Chessable’s Chief Science Officer or to the Science Project Manager at the addresses below:
Dr. Alexey Root, Chief Science Officer:
Karel van Delft, Science Project Manager:
For more information about the Chessable science team and its initiatives, visit

Call for Papers: The Science of Chess Expertise

There is currently a great deal of scientific and popular interest in chess expertise, but an authoritative collection of articles documenting the state of the science has not been published in recent years. The primary goal of the current special issue is to explore topics relevant to chess expertise and detail how research on chess has impacted expertise research more broadly.

Special issue editors Fernand Gobet, Guillermo Campitelli, and Alexander P. Burgoyne invite authors to submit empirical papers and literature reviews (approximately 3,000 words) to the Journal of Expertise. If you are considering submitting a manuscript, please submit an abstract by May 1, 2022.

Authors are encouraged to consider one or more of the following subfields:

  • Learning (including deliberate practice)
  • Individual differences (including personality, talent, intelligence, gender differences)
  • Classic cognitive psychology (perception, memory, problem solving)
  • Neuroscience, neuropsychology
  • Education and training
  • Development, ageing
  • Methods (computer modelling, database analysis, eye movements)
  • Theories of chess skill
The deadline for abstract submissions is May 1, 2022, and the deadline for article submissions is August 1, 2022.
Please submit your abstract or manuscript here. Indicate that you are submitting to the Special Issue (The Science of Chess Expertise).


  • Empirical reports describing basic and applied research on expertise
  • Brief reports, including replication attempts, or studies addressing questions of limited scope
  • Commentaries and replies concerning research reported in JoE
  • Book reviews summarizing and critiquing books relevant to expertise
  • Target articles addressing theoretical and methodological issues in expertise research

Journal Mission

JoE's mission is to provide researchers, practitioners, and the public with open access to scientific research on expertise and expert performance. Accordingly, JoE has no subscription or publication fees. JoE also hosts, free of charge, interactive media (e.g., videos, PowerPoint presentations) created by authors to disseminate findings of their research.

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Context Matters in Expert Performance

F. Eric Robinson 1, Valerie L. Shalin 1, Debra Steele-Johnson 1, and Brian Springer 2
1Department of Psychology, Wright State University, USA, 2Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, USA

Talent Identification and Development in Male Rugby Union: A Systematic Review

Francesco Dimundo 1,4, Matthew Cole 1, Richard C. Blagrove 3, Kevin Till 2, Alexander B. T. McAuley 1, Mike Hall 4, Chim Gale 5, and Adam L. Kelly 1
1Birmingham City University, UK, 2Leeds Beckett University, UK, 3Loughborough University, UK, 4Warriors Rugby Football Club, Sixways Stadium, UK, 5Harlequins Rugby Football Club, Twickenham Stoop Stadium, UK

Perceptual-motor Abilities Underlying Expertise in Esports

Matthew A. Pluss 1, Andrew R. Novak 1,2, Kyle J. M. Bennett 3,4, Derek Panchuk 5,6, Aaron J. Coutts 1, and Job Fransen 1
1University of Technology Sydney, Australia, 2Rugby Australia, 3School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia, 4Centre for Athlete Development, Experience & Performance, Southern Cross University, Australia, 5Victoria University, Australia, 6Australian Institute of Sport, Australia

Poker as a Domain of Expertise

Jussi Palomäki 1, Michael Laakasuo 1, Benjamin Ultan Cowley 1,2, and Otto Lappi 1
1Department of Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki, 2Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki