65 ( +1 | -1 ) Body Languagehow much do you think Body language can play on your game in a board to board situation???
It is amazing how much a rye smile or a look of relief when your opponent makes a move can affect his game. I remember in one tournament when I made a blunder and had as good as lost the game, after his move, I smiled, sat back in my seat and made a quick answer. He then spent the next 15 minutes trying to figure out why I was so pleased. When he realise it was a bluff, it left him so short of time that he rushed through the next moves before leaving his king in check (an instant loss according to the tournament rules).
27 ( +1 | -1 ) Of courseIt can go both ways, I lost to an International Master even though I was in a good position. He made a quick flurry of moves and I followed making quick moves, I should have sat back and taken my time, instead a through away a rook and the game :(
34 ( +1 | -1 ) I think..The psychology behind chess should never be underestimated. Body language / facial expressions can often reveal how your opponent is feeling about his/her position.. but this shouldn't factor into your decision about what move to play since body language can sometimes be used as a devious ploy =)
113 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess PsychologyThe fact is that most players, even very good ones, completely overlook psychology in chess; that is, not just body language, but specific types of positions, how the opponent tends to play, etc. The all-too-common expression is to "play the board, not the man". But the proponents of psychology have achieved fantastic success, most notably Lasker, Botvinnik, Tal, and even Fischer and Korchnoi.
For example, Fischer failed to show up for the second game against Spassky in 1972 and forfeited after an hour elapsed on the clock. Against, say, Petrosian, this would have been a decisive error that could have cost him the match, but against Spassky it had the exact intended effect, and in some ways was even better than winning: Spassky was torn between his sportsmanship, desire to win, duty to his country, and sympathy for Fischer. He agreed to Fischer's request to play the third game in a closed room with no spectators--a huge psychological error on Spassky's part--and lost the game and the match decisively.