An Effective Pre-Training Ritual - Any Ideas?

Mar 29, 2012, 3:10 AM |

Hi good chaps from!

I have been meaning to post this on the forums, BUT with the new interface, I can't seem to find the RIGHT button. Pardon me for being such a 'potato'. If someone could tell me how, that would be great.

Anyway, that's not the REAL point of this blog post.

Rather, it's about developing pre-training ritual.

Lately, I have been using the Tactics Trainer and Chess Mentor quite extensively (and getting my rating in both tools to a lil over 2000).

However, within the past 2 days or so, I have noticed that I'm having a hard time focusing on the problems / training positions (especially in the 2200-questions in Chess Mentor).

I would miss A LOT of moves... even the simplest of moves! While I do get back my rhythm 10 - 15 minutes into the training session, the OVERALL progress (in terms of ratings) isn't much. Sometimes, I would even lose some points.

Now, losing or gaining points in Chess Mentor or Tactics Trainer doesn't bear much as far as REAL OTB results go. BUT, if that trend of not being able to focus on the first 10 to 15 minutes is carried to OTB play, I figured it could have devastating results!

What would be a good pre-training / pre-game ritual that would prime me up for the battle ahead?

I have a couple of ideas like:

- Solving simple tactical problems.

- Maybe doing a lil exercise (10 push-ups :D)

- Power napping

- Meditation (as advocated by GM Davies in his blog)

I would like to hear what you think guys. If you have any effective pre-training ritual that gets you 'in the zone' regularly, I'd love to hear about it. :D


PS: Oh! And please help me out with the forum posting. :D