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:


Author: NigelD

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. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: