Chess Lessons From the Mental Game of Poker

From the US Chess Federation’s Website, by Jennifer Shahade

“I was first introduced to Jared Tendler’s Mental Game of Poker by one of the most analytical thinkers I know, Alex Wice, a poker pro and chess fan. Since such a numerically minded person lauded such praise on a psychology book, I had to give it a try. I was immediately drawn into by several of the concepts and started to reference the book in my chess coaching.

I especially used it for two-time WSOP bracelet winner and financial analyst Bill Chen, who I began coaching a year and a half ago. As a poker player, I knew Chen would relate to the concepts in the book. Bill was featured in Chess Life Magazine’s, “Faces Across the Board” this January and surpassed 2000 for the first time in March.

Tendler recently came out with a second volume of the Mental Game of Poker, which focused on getting into the zone”, a particularly key skill for a chessplayer, who has to carefully calibrate his or her focus for up to six hours, sometimes two times a day.

I’ve isolated six of the top lessons I took away from his books:

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