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Why Chess is Mentally Taxing:

Playing any sport, there will always be a time when you perform at your best and then your brain will hurt. Once your brain hurts, the losses pile up because you lose your mental concentration to think in very difficult situations. Chess is a game of mental exertion because of the sheer complexity of looking at a position and then having to think of the consequences of each move. This is especially true when under time pressure. Can you perform effectively under time pressure?

The Time I have Lost the Most Games:

After analyzing my chess games on chess.com, I noticed that when I play at night after 6PM, I have lost far more games than I have won. Why is that? It is because at night, I am not at peak performance! According to the Psychology Dictionary, peak performance is “a performance at the best level of a person’s physical and cognitive abilities”. Based on this, I play my best chess between the morning until 5PM in the afternoon/early evening. What do you need to do then in order to reach peak performance and skyrocket your chess rating?

My Recipe for Peak Performance Chess:

In no particular order:

  1. Healthy diet
  2. 7.5-9 hours of sleep a day
  3. diaphragmatic breathing
  4. Drink water
  5. exercise

If you follow this regimen, be prepared to see your chess rating both in tournaments and online skyrocket! I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I will be more than happy to answer!

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