Are Chess masters narcissistic?

Are Chess masters narcissistic? i have a friend who plays and he is like a bitch and only wants to talk about chess and how good he is at it.And is annoyed very quickly and he is rated somewhere between 2300 ucf or whatever..

Spending your time finding personality flaws in anyone who has ever accomplished anything might be your justification for accomplishing nothing. Armchair psychoanalysis is fun.

Elo rating is play accuracy, which means that more rating you have less mistakes you make, but it's not always the case as there have been instances where low rated players have defeated higher rated ones because of mistakes made by their opponents, for elo classification doesn't define 'chess understanding' and it's mostly an accumulation of digits based on how many games you've played without losing which means that not always you have to play majestically good to earn some score in rating, just not blunder, and masters like Steinitz, Lasker or Alekhine never needed a rating to prove their dexterity at chess even when they sometimes lost games because of certain inaccuracies in their technique, not because their opponents played exceptionally well, that they could do but not without good understanding, something that elo classification has made of the sportive quality of chess a meaningless number competence that may make believe anyone narcissistically to have an unique talent because of a numerical score, but chess as it is, an objective game which has nothing to do with egocentricity, is to be played in temperance in favor of the game quality itself as you can see players with high ratings that can be humble and supportive to the less rated ones, but referring to your question I don't think 'chess masters' are narcissistic as players, because a whole different thing is narcissism in a person, which shouldn't be confused with healthy self-esteem, and that not only applies to chess but mostly to any other discipline. But overall, not something to be concerned with in case of chess sportiveness in my opinion, just try to tolerate your friend, disregard any egocentric attribute and have fun playing chess, he might notice his own attitude and improve it, just don't add fire arguing or whatever, just saying, have a good day :)

Get better friends dude.

And no,just because you know someone that does something doesn't mean everybody else who has something in common with him is doing it.

Reuben Fine, famous chess player and psychiatrist in his "The psychology of the chess player" said chess players are exhibitionist, paranoid and some other things, but he did not mention narcissism.

Usually when a chess master gets narcissistic I let them know how I'm better than them in real life

If your friend is better at chess, find something that you are better at.

The chess masters i have met were on average a bit smarter, but otherwise not different than any other average person.

Not all masters are narcissistic.
I am the Tic-Tac-Toe World Champion and I am a very modest person.
But I am a God , everybody knows that.


The vast majority of humans are narcissistic, I see no reason for a chess master to be different. If the Dunning-Kruger Effect was correct, then he should be more humble.

Using the top ten, I see no narcissism (I can only verify for one), but I also so no anger that Bobby Fischer stated was necessary. Both of the 2400s I know are really nice, just as the dozens of master. But I see some players of YouTube (I can't name them as that would violate policy.), and although I see their weaknesses on the board, they often act like they could beat everyone. Maybe it's just a certain rating that the Dunning-Kruger Effect doesn't take effect.

A thought provoking question, and I'm interested is seeing the many other answers.