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Top 5 psychological mistakes in chess

Illustrating chess psychology is quite hard. There is always ‘something’ more than just the game moves. Chess players feel nervous before and/or during a game. This has serious implications for your results.

Your body has to be in top condition. Your chess deteriorates as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind”, a great quote from Bobby Fischer justifies the above statement.

The most common psychological problems are listed below:

  •  Nervousness before/during a chess game.
  •  Too long a time spent on calculation. Going over the same variations many times.
  •  Worry about your results and rating.
  •  “Last round fear”.
  •  Frustration (anger) or losing motivation after losses.
  •  Nervousness when other people are watching your games…..

…and they are discussed in detail (how to overcome them) in my book ‘Champion Psychology’.

Although the psychological problems are listed, most chess players do not know how to handle those situations and as a result, they make some mistakes – we call it the ‘psychological mistakes’.

 

July 31, 2017

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