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Hi, are there any vegatarian or vegan chess players aboard? How does nutrition factor into feelings and mood during play?
I am a vegeterian since birth but it has in no way helped me to improve my chess.
Assuming you eat well, I don't believe eating vegetarian or other specific food will have any impact on your chess. Unless your talking about psychological effects, i.e. being in a good mood because you know you just ate well or similar.
I'm just wondering. Sometimes during games I get easily fatigued. I do take extra vitamin b 12 suplements. I don't care for caffeine products. I guess this is more of a medical issue than anything else.
Thats awesome! For those of who are converts, I'm wondering if it may in fact increase our overall health, are there any negative impacts on one's energy levels, easily becoming fatigued and irritable, loss of enthusiasm etc. Personally, I find myself eating a lot more food and paying attention obtaining balanced meals. If some of these variables are lacking then the consequences are quite evident. But I guess this also applies to the carnivores.
I don't think it makes any real difference. I wouldn't change my diet completely a week or two before a tournament, but otherwise, no.
The main thing is to make sure you've eaten well and rested properly in the days leading up to it, and eaten and rested enough just before and during the event when nerves can mess up your appetite.
Snacks are important, enough to keep your strength up and blood sugar constant but not so much as to draw blood away from the brain for digestion. Nuts and granola are very good for that.
Vegetarianism might be a drawback on those occasions when you feel the burning desire to rip open your opponent's chest and tear his heart out with your teeth. At such times, just remember you don't have to swallow anything in the process, you can always have a nice bowl of tofu and brown rice later. (The whole thing about gaining your opponent's strength by eating his heart is just a myth).
Far too little information to be able to tell. Are we talking I get dizzy, or just in a really complicated position I lose my focus for a move or 2 after a while.
Outside of the chess board do you get fatigued pretty easily? Are you overly stressed, overworked and or don't get enough rest?
Difficult to know even with all that information...But, with just -I get tired in a chess game...
erikido, You might be right. I do stay up late at night practicing chess...probably moreso the lack of rest. I wouldn't say "dizzy" but sometimes I'm playing and it's like these sporadic phases of daze come and go (and by the way I'm too young to be experiencing that). Some of us vegans do look "sleepy" and less energetic at timesI was playing a live game yesterday and totally missed a knight capture by a pawn in the endgame with just a few pieces on the board. After gazing at the board for a few, my opponent was nice enough to show it to me, even though he was losing.
Let's face it. Playing chess can sap one's energy within a short period of time during the game. It's best to take a break as aposed to playing 4-5 live games back to back. I was wondering if there's something missing from my diet why I experienced those feelings.
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