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Psychology in Chess

Some players quote the phrase of the famous chess player- Bobby Fischer: I don't believe in psychology, I believe in good moves!

What do you think about this? Do you believe in psychology or not?

I totally disagree with this, I believe in psychology and sometimes it's even more important than good moves. For me, chess is 50% psychology :)

I want to know your opinion on this.

Jay Garrison

Jay Garrison 1 month ago

Psychology definitely plays a roll in chess! I believe that because our minds are our weapon in chess, anything that effects our mind, will effect our game.

This could be little things like lack of sleep or distraction, or bigger issues like the lack of confidence. 

This is another reason Coach @GM_Avetik_Grigoryan is so great as a coach. He addresses psychology in our chess growth before most people even realize it,  just by the name of the company: ChessMood! 

Anything we do to make our minds stronger can only make our game stronger in my opinion.


WIM_Susanna Gaboyan

WIM_Susanna Gaboyan 1 month ago

I definitely agree with you.
Kourosh A

Kourosh A 1 month ago

It’s chess pieces, not a man I play against! Svetozar Gligoric

Can't we just play against pieces and enjoy the game??

WIM_Susanna Gaboyan

WIM_Susanna Gaboyan 1 month ago

Pieces (the position) can also affect your psychology, it's not only about your opponent :)
Inguh Kim

Inguh Kim 1 month ago

Of course psychology is important.

I remember one time playing a game (2016), bad opening, weird moves and was a pawn down. Understandably, my mood wasn't good. So I went to the bathroom, splashed water on my face, enjoyed the good feeling of that, and giggled a bit =)

Probably others thought it strange but I was feeling much better when I returned to the board.

And I won that game!

WIM_Susanna Gaboyan

WIM_Susanna Gaboyan 1 month ago

It also happened to me a lot, and vice versa, I lost a lot of winning positions when I was in a psychologically bad situation. (something like not enough confidence)
WIM_Susanna Gaboyan

WIM_Susanna Gaboyan 1 month ago

This is one of the reasons why men play chess better than women, because you can wash your face and feel refreshed, but we can't, because we have makeup :D