Brain Foods For The Older Chess Player

With Larry Kaufman having been beaten by nine year old Awonder Liang it seems I must once again renew the armory of the older chess player.

On today’s menu are brain foods which contain substances that enhance our mental acuity. A few months ago I started looking into this field and have made an effort to increase my intake. Gingko biloba is a popular supplement that is known to have some effect on cognitive function but there may be far more effective foods. This article discusses some of them, including Phosphatidylserine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin B12.

Getting plenty of sleep is also very important important as is exercise (as discussed by John Ratey in his book ‘Spark’). But perhaps the best of all is chess itself: