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.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: