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Psychology in chess: is it really there? .. A player should not come to the game pre-programmed to lose just because his opponent is thought to be a stronger player, instead he should consider opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and use this knowledge to his advantage.,..

Psychology in chess: is it really there? .. A player should not come to the game pre-programmed to lose just because his opponent is thought to be a stronger player, instead he should consider opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and use this knowledge to his advantage.,..

Magnus Carlsen: Brains and self confidence, combined with  gentlemanly behavior.   Doesn't get sexier than that.

Magnus Carlsen: Brains and self confidence, combined with gentlemanly behavior. Doesn't get sexier than that.

Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Kotchnoi and I (1975, Leningrad, USSR). Photo from the book: Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess, 2008. Part 2: Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985. Everyman Chess.

Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Kotchnoi and I (1975, Leningrad, USSR). Photo from the book: Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess, 2008. Part 2: Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985. Everyman Chess.

Magnus Carlsen is playing in Central Park in Manhattan, New York.

Magnus Carlsen is playing in Central Park in Manhattan, New York.

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Judit Polgar, the chess prodigy who beat men at their own game.  Judit Polgar has defeated nine world champions including Garry Kasparov, Boris Spassky and Viswanathan Anand, and is the only female ever to join an exclusive coterie of players rated above 2700 by the World Chess Federation.  Although she is the only woman ranked among the World Chess Federation's Top 100, Polgar has never won the Women's World Championship. By 14  she ceased competing in women's tournaments.

Judit Polgar, the chess prodigy who beat men at their own game. Judit Polgar has defeated nine world champions including Garry Kasparov, Boris Spassky and Viswanathan Anand, and is the only female ever to join an exclusive coterie of players rated above 2700 by the World Chess Federation. Although she is the only woman ranked among the World Chess Federation's Top 100, Polgar has never won the Women's World Championship. By 14 she ceased competing in women's tournaments.

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