Psychology According To Fischer

Fischer is famous for having said this and it fits many peoples’ perception of what a monomaniac chess player should think, but I’m not sure it should be taken too literally. He totally psyched out most of his opponents and then switched from the ‘best by test’ 1.e4 in his famous first match against Boris Spassky.

My take is that Fischer simply wanted to emphasize the importance of good moves over other considerations. And perhaps he was sneering a little at the pretentiousness of what some of the Soviets said and wrote about the game.