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The father of chess psychology. New in Chess, 8, 84-91.



Whatever their level, chess players are fascinated by the mental processes that allows them to choose a move. However few players know that, in 1946, a Dutch chess master, Adriaan de Groot, provided a detailed analysis of the psychology of chess thinking. De Groot's thesis did not attract the interest of chess players only; it was a harbinger of the cognitive revolution in psychology that would occur in the early sixties. On the occasion of De Groot's 85th birthday, Dr Fernand Gobet of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nottingham pays tribute to this pioneer in chess psychology.