Mastery: Strategy

Chess Psychology

Chess Psychology

Learn from IM Lawrence Trent as he examines the practical psychology of chess. What brilliant strategies do the best players use, and what mistakes can cause trouble along the way for top Grandmasters and the rest of us?

  • How to Bluff

    Can you bluff in chess, a game of perfect information? You sure can, especially if your opponent is human. IM Lawrence Trent shows you three positions where bluffing can be a powerful psychological weapon.

    • 15 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Winning a Won Game

    Winning a "won game" is easier said than done. Learn the psychology of putting away your opponents when you have them on the ropes in this lesson.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How to Defend

    It's fun to play from a winning position, but do you have the stomach -- and strong will -- to defend a worse position in chess? Learn from some of the best players ever on how to put up the best possible resistance on the chessboard.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Trust Your Intuition

    Calculation plays an important role in all chess games, but unless you run on silicon and electricity, intuition is a big part, too -- even for a world chess champion. Learn the psychology of "trusting your gut" to win a chess game.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • A Must-Win Situation

    Have you ever felt the pressure of a must-win or must-draw situation in an important chess tournament? You know that psychology is a big part of the game during crucial times—watch this video to learn how to use that to your advantage.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
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