Where do you play?
Just in front of the screen? At home on your spare time? or at work on their time? Do you lay out a board for live chess games like i do? You should try it, i insist. What kind of music do you hear while playing? Lately Ive been hearing 2 and 2 bands only. And by hearing i mean both discographies on random on "the one that kicks the lama´s a** " new software. Its most unusual music but really beautiful never the less.
I dont feel that it makes me lose focus at all. If anything it creates a musical landscape in the likes of a theme song to a very fierce battle. Chess rules. Or like a dude said on the live chess chat from chess.com RESS CHULES!