Higher IQ lost the game

Posted:  Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:00pm

Dear Editor:

Bragging about someone’s IQ is not a winning indicator. Gary Kasparov’s 190-IQ lost a chess championship to Judith Polar (170-IQ) as did many other world champions. She defeated the world’s #1 chess player in 2002. 

Until recently I had never seen an advertisement that bragged about an individual’s IQ score. Bragging is a compensatory action to elevate ones own status or aggrandize ones own possession in an obvious and exaggerated manner, due to absence of confidence or lack of self esteem

Teddy Roosevelt once said “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” How much you care is known to be part of our Emotional Intelligence (EQ) a component of success that outperforms the highest IQs.

In 2012, IQ results turned out to be secondary to EQ results. Emotional intelligence was found to be more essential. The Carnegie Institute of Technology research determined that 85 percent of our financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” our personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead.  Building our EQ (Emotional Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and BQ (Body Intelligence) will see better success. 

IQs are found in all countries, genders, and races.  In fact among the top 12 IQs there are women, men, African, American Asian, Australian, Korean, Russian, and United Kingdom. One 210 IQ man said to “tell the world our IQ is not the source of happiness.”

From my own life’s experience I knew that IQ scores had little to no meaning if the individual did not make good use of their gift of intelligence.  My brother had a high IQ, but stayed away from college even though in 1953 he designed a computer that answered questions I wrote on a piece of paper. 

When scientists discovered the EQ’s importance, business began seeking employees with those forms of intelligence.  The EQ reminds us we are not robots, we are human beings with hearts of joy to share. There is little value to an IQ unless it is connected to an EQ and the inner you.


Jarryl Larson