The Feng Shui Of Competitive Chess

Here’s an aspect of chess that’s not considered in the books; how to improve your results with Feng Shui tactics! I’ve often felt uncomfortable in certain parts of tournament halls, such as sitting directly opposite a door. So if we can choose where to sit, which is often the case during club matches, can an advantage be gained?

There has been no scientific research that I know of on this question but think it likely that there’s a considerable influence. A way to test it would involve a Feng Shui expert designing a chess tournament room so that there was a broad range of ‘Feng Shui friendly’ seating was available, from very friendly to very hostile with seats from opposite sides of the spectrum at each board. After that it would be possible to assess whether the expected rating performance could be changed by where players were seated. Expecting rating performances at each board could be compared to what actually happened and then tests for statistical significance made.

Usually there’s little incentive or funding for investigations of these sort, for example drug companies can’t patent it and it’s difficult to see a military application. But in this case the main issue would be in securing willing participants and it might make an interesting project for a student.


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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens 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.