Calm Concentration

By far the best state of mind to have for a chess game is that of calm concentration. This means shutting out external thoughts and becoming one with the chess pieces for the duration of the game. Accordingly one must avoid distractions like the plague, both before and during the game.

Sometimes people think they should be ‘pumped up’ for chess in the way they might be for a boxing match, but this is simply wrong. Adrenaline is associated with a ‘fight or flight’ mode which is hardly conducive to good brain work or even the fine motor skills one needs to move those fiddly little pieces around the board.

Anyway, here’s a nice video on the subject for those who want to know more:



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: