Adapt your workout to your chess needs

Depending on how often you play, the amount of workout needed will definitely vary. I will focus here on the physical activity you need to enhance your chess development, whether you play one game a month or engage in 9-round tournaments regularly. Targeted sport for your brain This study confirms that aerobic fitness is your brain’s best ally.… Read More »

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Start (or restart) working out

It’s not a secret anymore; you need a certain dose of physical activity to perform well at chess. Top GMs who practice some kind of sport are countless[i]. So why not you? Let’s review the 3 main excuses people use to avoid working out and deconstruct them one by one to help you find your own way forward.… Read More »

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Blitz Chess kills your ideas

This famous quote from Bobby Fisher inspired me to stop playing blitz and bullet online in the course of this project. The reason? I finally accepted that a real addiction had been created over time, which consumed my time and created more frustration than pleasure. As I realized quickly after a week or two, breaking a bad habit… Read More »

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3 special tips for better sleep

In my last article, I actually gave you classic ways to improve your sleep such as a nighttime ritual or avoiding exposure to blue lights before bed. But for some of you, these guidelines won’t be sufficient, so here are 3 additional and original tips that might help you: 1) Express gratitude One study found journaling reduced bedtime… Read More »

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Sleep Grand Master

We should spend up to one-third of our day asleep and most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important. But with all the daily obligations, it’s easier said than done. Yet being well-rested is a key element to win over the board especially since you’ll be more focused and more alert. If lifestyle factors… Read More »

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Overcome fatigue during your chess game

It is Saturday night, 2am, still watching your favorite TV show and even hesitating to start the next episode right after. But you suddenly remember that you must play your chess game tomorrow and that you promised your kids picking up the chocolate breads for the breakfast. You realize you’ll only have 6 hours of sleep if by… Read More »

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Coping with jet lag

When I go through chess news, it is not rare to hear a story about a player being the victim of jet lag at the start of a tournament. While you’ll have no problem in your time zone, opting for an exotic destination can cost you frustrating counter-performances at first. Some of you have probably already experienced it… Read More »

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Magnus Carlsen on chess improvement

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristote It is well-known that one of the quickest ways to develop a skill is to learn from the best. Consequently, I thought it would be interesting to analyze as much information as possible about what Magnus Carlsen does to improve his game… Read More »

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Share your chess goals

I’ll always remember the first time I talked to my wife about this project and her simple words: “Go ahead, I believe in you”. She doesn’t play chess. She is not completely enthusiastic when I leave home for a full afternoon in front of the chess board and she will never understand how I can be so patient… Read More »

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How to free up time in 3 steps?

Who hasn’t dreamt of having more free time? In the midst of a multitude of daily activities and responsibilities, it’s become really hard to find time to progress. And when you come face to face with your overbooked schedule, you want to give up before even giving yourself a chance. Before getting to that point, here are 3… Read More »

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