Questions tagged [psychology]

Questions related to cognitive, motivational and other psychological aspects of chess, both during and before/after games.

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Help with mistakes

I (around 1700 on classical games on lichess) need advice on how to correct some mistakes I often make during the games, if possible, from a player with a Master title or higher. I have noticed that ...
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Do you feel intimidated by higher rated players? [closed]

I beat this 1570 rated player (me being 1170), but the thing is that i had his rating covered by a youtube pop-up window so I didn't know he's higher rated until i finished the game. I feel like if I ...
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A question on psychology / strategy in Chess opening

Is it a good idea to play unusual openings (openings except d or e file) (like c4, played by Bobby Fischer on the game of the century ) to confuse the opponent and stop him/her to play his/her natural ...
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Why aren't there any women super Grandmasters (GMs)?

In chess you don't need to be physically strong. Well, you need some kind of endurance, but is it the real reason why there aren't any super strong women GMs? Yes, I know about Hou Yifan and Judit ...
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Ways to notice opponent's threats during one's own move

I am currently playing in a tournament and my last game was a total disaster. Without going into details, I missed a two-move threat my opponent had in the position (I'd expect a ~1600 Elo rated ...
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At what point does this mental trick stop working?

Sometimes, I'll be in a position where my opponent is threathening to do something and I cannot stop it. So, in response, I play a move that looks pretty dangerous and clever, but which I in fact have ...
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How do you keep chess fun when your opponent constantly beats you?

How do you keep chess fun when the only person that wants to play against you beats you all the time? I am struggling to want to keep playing, because I get smashed all the time, and it is not fun ...
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Concentration during games

I've noticed that I lose sight of pieces' positions very fast during games, also, for some reason, I fail at having an "objective" view, some kind of an eagle eye, i.e I find myself concentrated on ...
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Blunder checklist for strong playrs

I find myself having to use checklists of really simple stuff (like going over all captures, checks, threats, tactical themes, changes after a move) quickly in order to avoid very basic oversights ...
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How to make a 6 year old think more?

I have been teaching my 6 year old daughter chess for past 2 years. She plays reasonably well. She often defeats level 25 in Chess Lv 100 app and sometimes Level 6 in Chess.com app. So I am guessing ...
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What age is too old for becoming a good international tournament player? [duplicate]

I am around my 30s and my ELO is 1350. I have attended many national tournaments, but I have very few international tournament experiences, one of which did not go very well. I love my job, but I ...
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How can a >2000 player stop making basic errors?

For the last 3 months or so I've been unable to concentrate and play chess to the level that I am used to. I'm rated 2050. I've been suffering from the following symptoms: Being completely unable to ...
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How can I “see the board”?

I often get into stupid blunders, get myself into pins and threats that I don't see on time etc. How can I avoid that ?
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How or what to practice when mentally exhausted?

You had a long day and your batteries are drained. You would like to improve your chess though. How to do this in an appropriate or maybe even restorative way? Should you practice at all or do ...
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Facing its own weapons

It's not a technically oriented question but rather a "psychological" one. Personally, I don't especially like to play against my own lines especially sidelines. If I decided to play a precise line ...
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Effect of chess on work

I'm a software engineer, mostly working from home so I get to schedule my time however I want. I noticed few things recently. If I play more than 3 games a day, I can't work afterwords, I'd be ...
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What are some good books or articles on how to play coffeehouse chess?

A coffeehouse style is what players who work hard to improve their skill at finding the objectively strongest moves in a position, having taken account of the objectively strongest moves available to ...
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What if we downloaded a gigantic database of chess games into our brains (intelligence downloads)?

If we downloaded a gigantic database of chess games into our brains (intelligence downloads), then would we play at a stronger level than the world's leading top players? What about if we downloaded ...
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Why do many players resign from chess in a relative young age? And become coaches or writers instead?

Have they reached their peak rating and find it unmotivating to pursue any further? Are they lacking financial security? Are they tired of travelling?
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How can I control my nerves during chess tournaments?

I always get nervous during a chess match and that really affects my performance. I can easily beat a 1400-1500 in a friendly match but when it comes to a tournament, I can't even win against 1300s. I ...
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Tips to enjoy a tournament

During a long chess game, it's difficult to maintain an emotional balance. In some positions we feel comfortable, and in other uncomfortable. But, do you have some tips to stay emotionally balanced? ...
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Emotionally getting over silly, stupid, mistakes

At one point, I reached a Rook and pawn endgame in the Chicago Open. Winning this game would have landed me in the money. I ended up with a rook and connected a- and b- pawns, while my opponent had a ...
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Pessimism in chess

Yesterday I played a tournament game against a lower rated player. I was white. We entered a Sicilian sub-line of which I didn't know much. Soon, my opening advantage evaporated and I started feeling ...
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Recover lost passion

Last year I played in a chess league in my city (Average of 1800 ELO). But I currently have a sense of boredom with chess in general. I have lost the passion for this game. Winning or losing don't ...
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Rid of Chess Addiction

How do I get rid of chess addiction? Both winning and losing just make me play more, and in the end, after many hours of play, I feel miserable.
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What are the mistakes committed by players who take many years to become an expert?

I am a beginner and am targeting to become an expert. I see many people who barely takes 4 years to become an expert and many people who take 10 years to become an expert. I don't want to repeat the ...
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Chess fatigueness and recovery?

I have been playing chess for almost two years now and my playing strength revolves around 1000. Quite often every month or so, i play below par and drop to 900's and never been consistent. I dont ...
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What do top players' get from coaches?

I read an article about how Wesley So hired a coach. Well, Wesley is rated 2800 and is far stronger than his coach ever was. I'm just wondering what a coach would have to offer to a player as strong ...
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Psychology of moving a piece

I've noticed that many amateur games degrade incredibly once they enter mid-game (meaning move beyond opening theory). There are some great questions and suggestions about improving mid-games, such ...
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Psychological training

I'm currently training a student (rating: ~1350 ELO, Age: 16) in my local chess club, who has been making quite some progress in his rating and playing style lately. Nevertheless, when he is playing ...
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Symmetries in chess

The same games of chess could be played if: white and black squares were swapped (i.e. the board rotated by 90 degrees) or king and queen were swapped in the starting position (i.e. white/black ...
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Why wasn't Caruana able to maintain the level he played in Sinquefield Cup - 2014 ?

I recently found out about Caruana's performance in the Sinquefield Cup - 2014. I only started watching chess recently. I was convinced that Carlsen is head and shoulders over everyone else when I ...
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Is it worth putting small kids in competitive chess?

I saw some chess tournaments with kids under the age of 7, and even under 5! Surprisingly, including their performance. Is adding the pressure of competition at this early age worth it?
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Is it too late to be a chess grandmaster at age 14?

I'm 14 and I started playing chess from 7 or 8 years ago, but now, I didn't think about being a grandmaster. So what should I do? Should I quit?
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Why did Gelfand resign against Anand in the shortest match in WCC?

I saw the notations of the match in chessbase, and I couldn't understand why Boris resigned. Anand was no where close to checkmate. I don't see why he didn't just trade his queen for a bishop and ...
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What has been the difference between Kramnik and Anand?

Both players are above 40, but Kramnik is still rated #2 in the world and is rated close to 2800, whereas Anand's rating has steadily been falling. What has Kramnik done to get better with age, which ...
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Does knowing your opponent's personality have any influence on the game-plan

From Reputation and badges should be kept hidden until the question is answered, the below assertion is presented: It is often asked in chess, that does the personality of the opponent player has any ...
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Psychology in Chess

Having a correct mindset has been a frustrating endeavor in my chess career. I have some questions regarding how to get into a "correct mindset." 1) I can never seem to play against lower rated ...
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Dealing with flexible opening positions

For some reason I feel uncomfortable in positions where the opponent has not committed any of his pawns in the center and was wondering why is that? I guess it feels like I'm not sure how to carry on ...
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No longer feel like playing chess? [closed]

Is it normal to no longer want to play chess? Or lose interest is probably a better way to put it. Is it temporary?
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How to relax when playing chess?

I always tend to be tense when playing. I guess you could say I find chess somewhat stressful? I see it as a fight to win as opposed to some ordinary board game like Monopoly. I really can't relate to ...
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Need help spotting whats wrong?

Although I would prefer just figuring this out on my own I feel like I need a stronger or more knowledgeable player to help me out here. I keep seeing a lot of my losses are when I'm up in material, ...
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Facing irregular or uncommon openings

How do you deal with this? I'm a bit of a chess perfectionist, and I always want to play the best move, so when I go up against an irregular opening, I don't do badly, but it's hard be 100% sure you ...
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How do I become less materialistic?

I've identified that the weaknesses in my game are: Materialism: Most of my wins are where I've won some material and converted the advantage in an endgame. However outside of this plan, e.g. ...
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Why do people say blitz chess can be bad for your chess?

I keep hearing blitz chess is bad for you but the I've only been offered two explanations for why that is. The first reason I've been told is that it ruins your ability to focus since you it forces ...
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What is meant by “nerves” in chess?

It is said about chess players in general. For example, Wikipedia says about Ivanchuk: His inability to become World Champion despite his immense talent and longevity among the chess elite has been ...
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Problems with chess anxiety?

I've been dealing with this for a while and the game can just sometimes be overwhelming. I really don't know how to calm myself and it might be effecting my play. I've been told maybe its because I ...
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Losing against lower rated opponents

I play many blitz games on Lichess per day, 5 + 5 and up. When I play my A game, I can beat any 2000+ player with ease, like today. Sometimes 2200, but I don't play them much. Anyway sometimes like ...
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Would you look for mate, if tactics to win materials are easier to spot?

I'm black, I defeated a 1830 very easily in a 11 + 10 game and I had plenty of time, but I played fast and didn't see mate, he was low on time. Analyzing with lichess engine The engine suggested ...
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chess win expectancy by material difference table or calculator

Houdini Chess engine is said to have a calibrated evaluation in which engine scores correlate directly with the win expectancy in the position. A +1.00 pawn advantage gives a 80% chance of winning the ...