Questions tagged [psychology]

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

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Can't seem to get back to winning consistently

I’ve been in a big time slump lately. I play a lot of chess on the chess.com platform. I am sure that you all know the platform. My question is this: How does someone get out of a slump? I am losing ...
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Does the chess community have a problem with manners and sportsmanship? [closed]

Chess can be such an emotional game, when your intelligence is paired up against your opponent's. It's great fun at times, but at other times, it seems like we get too sensitive. More so than, say, ...
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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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How can I make my child interested in playing chess

I am just an OK player and I wish my 8 year old kid to learn chess and be interested in it. Can you please give tips / ideas as to how can I make my child interested in it. Thanks.
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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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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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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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Emanuel Lasker and Psychology

I have heard many people saying that Lasker used psychology to win. But I have also read a Wikipedia page mentioning recent researches refuting this belief and justifying Lasker's tactics to be quite ...
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Playing the man, not the board

A recent thread used this term. Which notable GMs are known to have 'played the man'? This is interesting because hindsight and computers are wonderful things. They should allow us to pick out "...
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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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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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Attack or defend? Which is best approach to win?

In chess, most people argue that the first to attack wins the game. What is the best approach early in a game? Attack or defend? There are tons of chess materials online, talking about attacking, ...
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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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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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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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What Did Benjamin Franklin Mean by the Quote “Snatch not eagerly at every advantage offered by his unskilfulness or inattention”?

I was reading the following article at http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/benjamin-franklin-on-the-morals-of-chess, and on the last paragraph, Ben Franklin says "Snatch not eagerly at every ...
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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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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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What motivates you to play chess and continuously get better at it?

I notice that many chess player, especially kids lose their ability to motivate themselves, especially because of the highly commercialization of the game. It seems as if playing for fun today isn't ...
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Do better board representations than the standard one exist?

Consider the classical representation of the state of a chess game. I'll draw the board: R BK BNR PPPP PP N Q PP p np p ppp pp r bkqbnr Here is its move list: d5 d5 c4 c6 Nf3 e6 ...
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Photographic memory in chess?

I heard that some of the best players in the world like Alekhine have the best photographic chess memory and they can play blindfolded? How to develop such memory? What are the ways to learn it? I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Chess Psychology

I have a friend who is an improving chess player. He wants to progress in his game. The problem with him is that he plays really good with much stronger opponents but, often lose many games ...
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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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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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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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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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“Chess is art” who was the first one to use this quote?

Who was the very first one to ever use the quote "Chess is art"? Like who was the first one?
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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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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 ...
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Are there studies showing that descriptive notation is easier to use for blindfold than algebraic notation?

What studies have compared effectiveness for thinking by chessplayers using descriptive vs algebraic notation?
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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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Am i re-entering a slump, or just my bad luck? [duplicate]

Last 2 hours was one of my most embarrassing games ever. Yesterday I played against a chess club member and won 3-0, however the last 2 hours is so sad I lost for 3-0, all surrenders and no end-game. ...
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Chess tricks to fool opponents before game [closed]

There is chess tournament nearing and I am one of the participants. I have been participating in it in the last few years. And once I was fooled by one of my opponents at the start of the game. He ...
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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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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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Judit Polgar is too famous perhaps? [closed]

It's often said that Judit Polgar can't play with the black pieces. Is this true for any identifiable reason or is it fair to say such commentary is simply jealous sniping.
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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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