Chess Psychology: The Will to Win! – eBook



That is part of what I like in chess: it is psychological warfare at the board.” Magnus Carlsen during an interview with the BBC, March 2013

In chess, more than in any other game, battles are won and lost in the mind. US National Master William Stewart is convinced that a positive attitude is crucial if you want to develop and achieve success as a chess player, and in this book, he focuses on the vital subject of chess psychology.

All the key areas of chess are covered here. Stewart highlights the principles of successful opening play and outlines an easy-to-learn starting repertoire. He also examines positional play, defensive resilience, typical mistakes and how to avoid them, tournament strategy, clock management, how to study chess and much more besides. This book is packed with tips and practical advice for beginners and intermediate players, and anyone wishing to improve their mental approach to chess.

* An essential guide to chess psychology
* Covers opening, middlegame and endgame play
* Ideal for beginners and intermediate players

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor

    By: Lukas Wedrychowski (DailyChess.Org)

    „Chess Psychology – The Will to Win!“ by William Stewart (Everyman Chess 2013), 204 pages

    The author, William Stewart, is a United States Chess Federation National Master. In 2009 he tied for first place in the under 2200 section of the World Open. He holds degrees in both Psychology and Spanish from the University of Georgia. He has over six years of chess teaching experience, and in 2011 he co-founded the website and the Spanish equivalent, which promote and teach chess on a global level. His current focus in on playing chess tournaments to achieve higher FIDE titles.

    This book is different from what you are familiar with, when opening and studying chess books. Throughout the whole book, you’ll probably only find a hand full of games, which means that the focus is certainly not on opening theory, complex or basic endgames or anything related to the discussion of basic pawn structures.

    In this book, you’ll find something more precious. A collection of chess wisdom, as you’ll hear it from professional chess coaches, who guide you during your competitive play, during your preparation or general development as a chess player. This is all important and often neglected, because people are used to win games by knowing a line in the Najdorf better than their opponent. But what really IS necessary to win, is a good mental state, the conscious of important elements of chess psychology (after all we don’t play against engines, but against human-beings) and the right attitude with which we should approach games in different tournament situations.

    The content of the book:

    Winning Chess Psychology

    Quick Tips for Beginners

    Dominate the Opening

    Understanding Positional Play

    How to Study Chess

    Practical Tournament Strategy

    Benefits of Playing Chess

    Chess and Business

    Additional Resources

    As you can see, there are many important aspects covered. It’s not just something beginners will be helped with but also veterans of high level tournament chess might gain a lot by reading this book. You learn how to stay stable during tensed situations and how to calm down when being defeated. It also helps you prepare for the next opponent with a clear aim in mind, what to avoid, what to strive for. I know the author thanks to his Youtube-Channel and I must admit, that this book is as good as his work on Youtube. It’s probably unique in the literature of chess but at the same time something that needed to be covered for a very long time!


    This book is precious and you should not be afraid of wasting some money on it. You certainly won’t regret it. This book might improve your play more than any opening repertoire book available. Recommended for players ranging from 1000-2400. A tremendously brilliant book!

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