Grandmaster Benko has played chess with the big boys, and has been an established and enjoyable chess writer for a very long time. Here he grabs a topic, tells tales, teaches and explains all – kind of like having him in your living room for a very pleasant after-dinner chat. You will enjoy the visit.
Psychology has become a standard weapon in the armory of modern chess. It is not unfair or unsporting or unethical or illegal or against the rules. It is simply the application of the principle, first enunciated by Lasker, that the best move is the one that disturbs the opponent the most.
The contents: Chess As a Fight; Chess As Art; Chess As Sport; Chess As Life; Chess As War; Putting Psychology to Work for You; Psychology in the Opening; Developing a Style; Psychology in the Endgame; The Psychology of the Draw; The Last Round and Other Crises; The Trouble With Women (and Computers); Attack, Defense, and Counterattack; To Err Is Human, to Forgive, Foolhardy; Time Pressure Terrors; Your Opponent and Other Distractions; Commonsense Principles of Chess Psychology.
The lapwing (or pewit), a member of the plover family, is a brightly colored bird known for its erratic flight and irritating cry. The German word for this obnoxious fellow is Kiebitz, a word which the Germans use appropriately to describe a similarly obnoxious person; that is, a busybody. The verb form, kiebitzen, means “to look over the shoulder of a card player” – that is, to kibitz.
In Yiddish, a form of German, the verb kibitz and the noun kibitzer, which have both been absorbed into the English language, refer not to a variety of bird but to, among other things, a variety of nuisance. The variety of nuisance that hangs around people when they’re playing chess or card games.
Kibitzers don’t play; they kibitz. They always know what you should have played, and they will tell you without being asked. They will tell you if they are asked not to. Sometimes they will even tell you what you should play before you play it…