Death is not decided in a chess match (2011)

Why not using the mighty scientific approach to solve a classical metaphysical issue? Statistics provides the answer on what happens just after death.

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Since the 15th century, several artists have suggested that the end of life is decided in a match with a personification of Death. If this was the case, chess teaching at school could improve countries’ life expectancy. The lifespan of 48 chess grandmasters who died from 2000 to 2009 has been compared to the world average life expectancy for this period. The results show that being a chess grandmaster does not lengthen the average lifetime. In addition, the number of chess grandmasters of several countries has been compared to their life expectancies showing that countries with better chess levels have no higher life expectancies. Taken together, the results lead to the conclusion that death is not decided in a chess match.

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