Sometimes chess is more about psychology than one’s innate talent or ability despite what Bobby Fischer said ( I don’t believe in psychology, I believe in good moves). Also the former New Mexican GM Jesse Kraai, in his characteristic honesty exuding style, once commented in Desert Knight:
It’s a painful
process to analyze your games. It’s
like a psychoanalysis session with
This following blitz game played at ICC is an excellent example of psychology superseding logic. Black is already quite lost, but it is a blitz game so he plays Nf2 threatening discovered check. White burdened by psychological baggage of never allowing a discovered check moves his King to f1. However, more circumspect would be b4 attacking the discovering laufer! (pardon the crass, uncivilized mixture of German and English ) The second player’s relatively best move would probably be Nd3 and the White b pawn becomes intractable.
BTW, completely unrelated to the topic is some commentary of the perceived sexuality of many chess players. An old girlfriend used to tease me about how I enjoyed loading up in a car with a bunch of males and cramming into a hotel room just to play a board game! She never got how much fun a USCF chess tournament could be! I am sure that now she would just “accuse me of being gay”.
I think it was Jennifer Shahade who stated something like the masses do not have access to the beauty of chess. Shahade was not trying to be condescending, only stating the truth. Unfortunately, a relatively common view is that chess players have latent homosexual tendencies. It’s just too bad that some folks even spend a second contemplating whether somebody is gay or not. The transgendered Angela Alston formerly known as Tony “made the switch” and very few chess players batted an eye. I only wish the general population was as unmoved.