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Psychology and Mind games in chess
Compiled by addiction to chess

This is the partially forgotten 4th stage of chess. This collection is the use of human emotion, attitude and deception, both on and off the board, in hopes of outwitting their opponent.

Tal laughs, and Fischer doesn't play 22.Rae1!
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

12.f4! and Tal is messing w/ Botvinnik's head and clock
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

How to save a game (through confusion) to a draw!
Portisch vs Tal, 1964 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Cmon Spassky! Come overextend I mean attack!
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

"Oh no! I'm weakening my king w/ pawn moves, vs. Kasparov!"
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Sherwin slides his rook w/ his pinky (8.Rb8), but it's no good
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

10.Kd1! and Korchnoi provokes his opponent to attack!
Korchnoi vs Plachetka, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

"A master stroke by Fischer to upset Spassky's equanimity"
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 0-1

Spassky agrees to play in a backstage, a HUGE blunder!
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

"Two dead men dancing"
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

29...Bxh2!? A blunder? (no but 40.f4 is). Psychology (maybe....
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 56 moves, 1-0

Psychological play by Lasker which unsettles Tarrasch
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

Seems Tarrasch's "Hypnotic tricks" didn't work
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908  
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi complains on a spectator but fails in psyching out K
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 39 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi is reported to use sunglasses to reflect light on K
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

"The Incorrect Opening" (1...a6) causes Karpov to crack!
Karpov vs Miles, 1980  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

"It will be Short and it will be short!" - Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

White distracts Black w/ the h-file but never even uses it!
Fischer vs R Shocron, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 40 moves, 1-0

Enraging the Beast!
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995  
(C16) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

g4 spurs Taimanov to attack, but then, Bg4!! spoils it.
Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

19...g5!? Psychology against a Machine! (kind of....)
Junior vs Khalifman, 2000 
(B06) Robatsch, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

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