Does Red Bull Help Your Chess?

The news that Red Bull is sponsoring Hikaru Nakamura might get people wondering if this drink might be good for your chess. Here he is with a can of the stuff by his side:

So is it true, can Red Bull help? Well be warned first of all, caffeine can get you banned by FIDE if there’s 12 micrograms per millilitre in your bloodstream. Plus the fact that it might not help, personally I’ve found beverages with caffeine in just make me nervous during games.

Of course it’s as well to test this for yourself, plus other approaches like staying well hydrated. But stay within the legal limit if you’re likely to be dope tested.

Nigel Davies

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in Southport in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.