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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 :)
I'm just a humble class player, but I don't alter anything. I did fairly well in the National Open that recently took place here in sunny Las Vegas and simply made sure that I was rested. I played a section up too!
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.
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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