Psychology of Chess

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Kevin Thurlow
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Psychology of Chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon May 13, 2019 11:47 am

As the Book Reviews section has disappeared, I'll mention it here. ... y_of_Chess

By Fernand Gobet, described as "Professor of Decision Making and Expertise at the University of Liverpool, UK"

I didn't think that was a thing, (the job title, not the university), but a quick search showed it was. He is a proper chess player so I'm sure it's worth a read. Waterstones in Bath stocked it as well.

It's one of a series, some of the titles are pretty exotic. " The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the myths
and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions. " They have books on vampires, gender, driving, gardening, fashion, climate change (OK that has pseudo-science). I'll try to get around to reading them all.

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Re: Psychology of Chess

Post by JustinHorton » Mon May 13, 2019 12:12 pm

I have a copy, it's on my summer reading list. I was recommended it by Dr Andrew McGettigan, who some forum readers may recall wrote a series of articles on the World Championship match for the London Review of Books blog.
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Re: Psychology of Chess

Post by Richard James » Mon May 13, 2019 2:07 pm

Andrew McGettigan also recommended it to me. Some of us have also heard Fernand Gobet speaking at the London Chess Conference.

Here's my take on the book.

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Re: Psychology of Chess

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Mon May 13, 2019 6:38 pm

Gobet is a legit researcher. I’ve not read the book but I have read a couple of his published journal articles.

What he has to say will be worth reading. The antithesis of the bluster and bull**it approach favoured by too many chess commentators

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