I believe Chess is at least 25% psychology...do you agree?

president_max

if chess is 99% tactics then only 1% remains to be shared by other factors like psychology.  i don't get the math.

DarkKnight1980

dannyhume wrote:

What percent of your technical skill would you be willing to give up for the equivalent in psychology?

None. Technical skill as you put it would increase in time through practice, play & study.

HolographWars

There is a book about chess psychology by Rowson, I only play otb and frequently play opponents I played previously, 

AlkinKing
If you’re having a bad day it effects the way you play chess. Doesn’t matter if it’s otb or online your mental state effects your chess.
HolographWars

If I am playing someone I have played in the past, it seems like there is more psychological momentum, the stakes are higher because I want to "best" my opponent, and sacrifices for psychology are much more successful.

DarkKnight1980

Chess is at least 25% Psychology? I disagree with that because no one has given any hard evidence/ facts to back that up or how they came up with that to begin with!

DarkKnight1980

AlkinKing wrote:

If you’re having a bad day it effects the way you play chess. Doesn’t matter if it’s otb or online your mental state effects your chess.

I agree!

apotosaurus

In OTB, I'd say about 38%.

HolographWars

For OTB, facing an opponent I never played before, psychology is about 5%. Against an opponent that you met but not played before, 10%. For an opponent you played 1-3 times before, 20%. For an opponent you played 4+ times before, 30%+. Meaning that if you have played you opponent multiple times before, tactics to gain psychological momentum is more effective. Sometimes I sacrifice a piece for 2 pawns against a frequent opponent I know well. If you are playing your best friend, 50+%, so I feel comfortable sacking a knight for opponent's two center pawns if psychology is over 40%.

HolographWars

Theoretical opening battles can erupt, one player trying to prove his opening is better than the other opponent's, a player may think, "My opponent's opening is trash, I am going to attack wildly", and that is psychology in action.

yuriharrison

I do agree...

1. Tim, if the guy is  a little bit slow you can save time, and win on it.

2. sometimes you note that the guy like a lot to play with queen and you change it, he became upset and become dumber and slower..

etc etc

yuriharrison
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