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Question for OTB tourney players


  • 16 months ago · Quote · #21

    Elubas

    It's strange because I never alter what I do until at most a few days before a tournament (but I'm no GM!). Although I will make sure I go over important games, I don't feel inclined to, for example, play less blitz than usual. As long as I am in a good state of mind of what I'm going to do, reminding myself to be alert, play the board, etc, and get a good night's sleep I'm fine.

    And hey, one time I really bombed in bullet for about an hour, then going to bed before a tournament, dropping pieces all over the place. But somehow the next day when I was given a reasonable amount of time I seemed to see everything. Doing bad at bullet is always a good sign :)

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #22

    yeres30

    Elubas wrote:

    It's strange because I never alter what I do until at most a few days before a tournament (but I'm no GM!). Although I will make sure I go over important games, I don't feel inclined to, for example, play less blitz than usual. As long as I am in a good state of mind of what I'm going to do, reminding myself to be alert, play the board, etc, and get a good night's sleep I'm fine.

    And hey, one time I really bombed in bullet for about an hour, then going to bed before a tournament, dropping pieces all over the place. But somehow the next day when I was given a reasonable amount of time I seemed to see everything. Doing bad at bullet is always a good sign :)

    One of the things that has to be done when preparing for a tournament is rest. 

    Meaning no chess for a day or two - literally.  No looking at any printed material on chess.  Not even going to the internet and look at chess.

    Because in a USCF weekend tournament three rounds may be played in a day, the thing to do is rest from chess and reserve one's strength during the game. This means no skittles or "warm up" before and after each round.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #23

    Elubas

    Yeah, I do that strategy sometimes. Although a lot of times I don't totally go through with it because I fear I haven't learned enough and still want to cram in more understanding with the time I have :) I guess I don't like feeling limited by what I have learned, and so even sometimes before a tournament I want to learn just a bit more.


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