Psychology and Controlling Stress & Emotions in Chess


The importance of Psychology in Chess and one’s ability to control their emotions cannot be understated enough.

What is Psychology in Chess?

  • Psychology is the study of human and animal minds, with a focus on their functions and behavior.
  • It has been said that psychology can be used in chess to help you play better.
  • This statement is true, but it’s important to clarify that psychology isn’t the same as psychology in chess.

Psychology literally means “study of the mind” and is usually applied when talking about how people think, feel and behave (in other words: how they interact).

In contrast, “psychology” refers specifically to that branch of science which studies those things; i.e., it’s what we call “the scientific study of human beings.”

Distraction and Concentration

In order to become a better chess player, you must be able to focus on the game. The importance of concentration cannot be overstated, as it is directly related to your ability to see and respond correctly to events on the board. To help you maintain your focus, try the following:

  • Avoid distractions by turning off cell phones and other devices that may distract you during a game.
  • Avoid getting distracted by other people who may be commenting on or watching your games. This includes not only friends and family members but also opponents themselves! Use headphones if necessary so they don’t hear what’s going on in your head while playing chess—this will help keep them from being able to use any information they might get from hearing about how well (or poorly) things are going with regards to certain aspects of play within individual games for those involved in each side currently taking place around them.”


How do you deal with boredom?

How can you avoid boredom?

What are some of the ways to avoid distractions and keep your focus on the game?

How can you prevent losing concentration or losing your temper, cool, composure etc. during a chess game.

Nerves in Chess

Nerves can be a very real distraction in chess, and it is important not to let them control your game. When facing an opponent who is playing better than you are, nerves can cause you to start playing too fast and make mistakes as a result. The best way to deal with this issue is by calming yourself down and concentrating on the board. If you allow nerves to get the better of you, then it will be hard for your mind to focus on thinking about what move is best at that moment instead of focusing on how nervous or excited they feel.

Keep calm even when things are going wrong! If one thing goes wrong in your game, there’s no need to panic: keep calm and try harder next time! If two things go wrong… well maybe just try harder at three things next time!

Learn how to manage your emotions and avoid emotional chess.

Learning how to manage your emotions and avoid emotional chess is a vitally important skill for any chess player. Emotional chess is when you allow your feelings to affect your decision-making process during a game, often resulting in making moves that are not optimal or even logical. This can happen because of a number of reasons:

  • You may become frustrated with what’s happening in the game and make rash decisions out of anger or frustration
  • You may be upset by something that happened earlier in the day, causing your emotions to get out of whack as you play
  • You may have been told off by someone earlier that day and it’s still bothering you when it comes time to sit down at the board


In conclusion, it is essential that chess players mentally prepare themselves for battle by taking proactive steps to calm their nerves, focus their minds, and become emotionless objective players. Remember, emotions have no place in a game of chess!