What to drink during a chess game?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered if Nakamura’s Red Bull or Carlsen’s orange juice were deliberate choices for heightened performance or just a question of taste preference. While it is clear that water should be your main drink while playing, a little bit of caffeine or a healthy sugar boost can actually also be used… Read More »

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Why is water the best drinking ally for chess?

Have you ever noticed that chess players tend to drink little sips of water quite often while playing? The reason behind it is quite simple: our brain needs adequate hydration to function properly and at optimum levels. While many drinks out there can be used as permanent boosters, none of them can replace water for constant energy levels… Read More »

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Hard to focus while playing chess? Try chewing-gum

The game is becoming tricky, you feel there could be a checkmate in a few moves so your start to calculate… But despite all your efforts to strengthen your focus last month, impossible to concentrate enough right now to find the right combination. Guess what? Maybe chewing gum could be a solution in this type of emergencies. Chew… Read More »

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Why is taking breaks from chess necessary to progress?

Whether it is for a few weeks, or some minutes here and there during the game, taking a break from chess is essential to refresh your mind and come back stronger. Let’s see what science says about breaking effects and what you can do to optimize its benefits for your chess career. Ideal breaking time Taking time off… Read More »

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Meditation as chess training

If you have to choose only one non-chess-related technique to help you improve your game, it should be meditation. The benefits of this exercise are quite extensive and will be visible in numerous areas of your life. But why is meditation so valuable for a chess player? First, let’s answer this question as well as the concept and… Read More »

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Chess diet: 5 rules to boost your game

I’m not teaching you anything new by saying it is important to have a healthy lifestyle. Food intake is a key element for handling energy levels, as well as supporting your brain. Even if you can play good chess without taking care of you nutrition, doing it could get you unexpectedly better results. Following these 5 rules should… Read More »

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10 brain foods for maximum memory and focus

For a chess player, good memory as well as being able to stay focused is a tremendous advantage. So instead of eating food for food, why not include in your diet the best nutriments for your brain? Here is a list of the 10 best foods to strengthen your brain abilities especially in terms of memory and concentration.… Read More »

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Empower your days with a morning routine

Tired of being in a rush every morning? Building up a refreshing morning routine will help you enjoy a productive day. Not only will you feel more in control, which reduces anxiety, but you will also finally take time for yourself and save mental energy along the way. Good morning mood, good day Research actually demonstrates your mood… Read More »

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Keep your decisions for the game

We all know this crucial moment in the game when the next move is decisive. You slept perfectly well and even jogged in the morning, but despite all that, you are too tired to think right now, when it’s really important. Frustrating, isn’t it? So what is happening? Probably your decision-making ability has been altered because of all… Read More »

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