Top 5 psychological mistakes in chess

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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’.

              Today our guest coach IM David Miedema has prepared a very instructive video lesson for – he discusses about the “Top 5 psychological mistakes” most chess players do. If you want to be aware of them and avoid them, then watch the video lesson below:

              Author information
              IM David Miedema

              David Miedema is an International Master from the Netherlands. His biggest achievements include:


              –> 6th of the Netherlands, beating Anish Giri in the process, twice.

              –> Winning the Neckar open in 2010


              He gained crucial fun skills in teaching chess. He will be traveling around Europe making videos and live in nomad lifestyle.





              P.S. Did you find this lesson instructive? Have you studied my book ‘Champion Psychology’? What do you think about the impact of psychology in chess? Please, feel free to write in the comments below – let’s discuss! 🙂

              Quick success in chess

              Comments: 19

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                  1. dear sir please contact mr rb ramesh of india for making vidoes and courses for our rca blog he is very great gentleman.and great super coach.dear sir some people say that gm igor smirnov and mesgen amanov and other gms are fake gms.??they have achived their norms by playing random tournaments.sir please comment on this issue it is very important.

                      1. dear sir david has just made a new vidoe today on how to avoid blunders but he explains very fast please tell him that here we are not for quantiity we are for quality coaching.dear sir i watched glenke open 2017 yesterday it was jsut amazing what do you think about that tournament and the participant and the player performance.??thanks in advance.

              1. dear sir david explains very fast please tell him that not to do that in the next vidoe he made because it is remote chess academy we have to learn and understand chess not to look at the games fast.

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