29 out of 36 participants responded to a survey. 17 self-identified as chess players, 10 as Go players and 2 as players of another strategy game.
It was clear that most people had learned their main game at a young age. This was more pronounced for chess players. Most of the Go players were from Europe and Go would have been encountered at a later age.
Game educators may have learned their main game at a younger age than the general population. However, it is significant that over a half landed on their main strategy game by the age of 12.
Using ages as an approximate indicator of school stage:
55% of our sample learned their main game by the time they left primary school
80% had learned their main game by the time they left university
Only 10% of our sample acquired their main strategy game during university
Over three quarters of chess educators had learned the game by the age of 12. Remarkably, nearly half had started chess below the age of 7.