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Improve Your Life by Playing a Game


189 pages, paperback, Thinkers Publishing, 1. edition 2020

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The process of acquiring chess skills and gaining a deep insight into the thinking of chess masters has always been an exciting topic. What are the special skills, talents and habits that distinguish great chess players from club players has long been the subject of intense discussion. Little scientific work has been devoted to this question, and there are practically no books that would combine knowledge of psychology and the development of strategic thinking skills in a textbook of high educational value. The greatest obstacle was that most psychologists who dealt with this question were not strong chess players themselves and therefore had no direct access to the mental processes of chess at the master level. On the other hand, it is also difficult to find first-class cognitive psychologists among the chess players. Dr. Jana Krivec is a unique exception to this rule: a strong chess player, a woman grandmaster with extensive experience in competitive chess, and a university professor in the field of cognitive psychology, who devoted most of her research to understanding cognitive processes in the minds of chess players. The book Improve Your Life by Playing a Game takes us on an exciting journey through a wide range of topics from psychology and explains these topics by putting the reader in the role of a tournament chess player. Gaining a deeper understanding of the mind of a chess player during training, playing and analyzing chess games suddenly takes on a different dimension when explained through the lens of modern psychology. Even non chess players can now deeply understand the famous quote that chess is life in miniature. Throughout the book life, chess and cognitive psychology are so intimately connected that the reader is given plenty of food for thought and valuable life lessons. All this makes this book surprisingly interesting for a truly diverse audience including:

  • students of cognitive psychology who want to deepen their knowledge through case studies from real life

  • students of business administration and economics who want to develop and strengthen their strategic thinking skills

  • trainers and coaches in various sports (including chess, of course), who are aware that psychology plays a decisive role in every competition

  • chess players who want to improve their game by better understanding the role of psychology on their way to mastery.

More Information
Weight 500 g
Manufacturer Thinkers Publishing
Width 17 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2020
Author Dr. Jana Krivec
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9789464201024
Pages 189
Binding paperback

017 1. Training

019 1.1 Goal setting

023 1.2 Motivation

029 1.3 Self examination and improvement

033 1.4 Discipline, hard work and persistence

037 1.5 Learning from the masters

041 1.6 Memorization techniques

047 1.7 Working with modern technology

049 1.8 Delayed reward

051 1.9 Never stop exploring

057 2. Playing a tournament

059 2.1 Preparation

063 2.2 During a chess game

123 3. After the game

125 3.1 Coping with stress and losses

145 4. After the tournament

147 4.1 A will to change

149 4.2 Who are you?

155 4.3 Mind and body work together

159 4.4 Positivity

161 4.5 Do what you like

162 4.6 Gens una sumus

165 5. Potential negative aspects of chess

167 6. Theories and studies on benefits of chess

167 6.1 Chess and education

172 6.2 Chess and health problems

183 Sources

189 About the author

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