Grandmaster Level Psychology
Many of the strongest Grandmasters agree that psychology is one of the most important factors in chess. It is not a secret that strong GMs can identify their opponent’s emotional state, read their fears and predict plans.
Some grandmasters are able to not only manage their own emotional state but also to identify and exploit the emotional state of their competition. Needless to say, the ability to do that can often decide or dramatically alter an outcome of the game. Many players don’t fully understand what drives them over the board, why certain irrational decisions are made and many inferior moves are played. These players don’t understand why they blunder, why their opponents blunders and why time trouble occurs.
They think all of that has to do solely with their skills, but oftentimes, that may not be the case. Chess is a sport, not a game. Chess players are not robots, but human beings competing against one another. In order to succeed at any level of chess, one must learn about the psychological aspects of the game. It is a must for a good chess player to understand the psychology of chess competition.
Nevertheless, there is not much information available on chess psychology. Even less information is up to date, well-structured and applicable to modern chess players.
The purpose of this video course is to fill in this gap.
In this almost 4-hour long video course, GM Tiberiu Georgescu shares many of his secrets on psychological preparation while covering the most important aspects of chess psychology.
The 3 Most Important Questions are Covered:
- How to identify negative emotions during the game?
- How to manage your own emotions?
- How to exploit opponents’ emotions?
GM Georgescu backs up his conclusions with grandmaster chess examples simultaneously giving suggestions on how an average chess player can benefit from this knowledge in practice. This course is applicable to literally all types of players from complete novices to the grandmasters.
Here is what’s covered:
- CHAPTER 1: Identifying Negative Emotions
- Fear and negative emotions during the game
- Emotions between the rounds in a tournament
- Fear and negative emotions’ consequences
- CHAPTER 2: Managing Your Own Emotions
- Managing emotions in everyday activities
- Managing emotions in chess
- Practical methods from GMs
- CHAPTER 3: Exploiting Opponent’s Emotions
- Imposing time pressure on your opponent
- Intentionally prolonging the game in an unclear position
- Driving your opponent into an unknown territory
- Psychological initiative
About the Author:
GM Tiberiu Georgescu (FIDE 2493)
is currently the youngest Grandmaster in Romania. He was Romanian National Super-league Champion and Romanian Youth National Champion. He has experience in working with strong players like Constantin Lupulescu, Parligras Mircea and many others.