36 ( +1 | -1 ) energy helpi might be going to the world open, and the last 2 years i went, the 9 4-6 hour games tired me a lot, and at the end of the tourny i didnt have enough stamina to play my best... is there anything special i should eat or drink, or mabye a certain vitamin or mineral or enery bar or something would give me enough energy to play my best the whole tourny?
105 ( +1 | -1 ) BalanceWhilst energy bars or drinks will give you an instant lift, to sustain levels of energy and concentration throughout the day or over a period of time you really need balance in your diet. Carbohydrates, especially pasta, baked potatos and wholemeal bread are great at keeping energy levels constant. Many athletes have a carbohydrate rich meal the night before a big event. Try to have a good breakfast with wheat based cereals or toast. At lunch try to take in some carbs and protein, not foods that are fatty or high sugar or salt, that can cause sudden highs and lows in energy levels. Drink plenty of water (the sugar in fizzy drinks can make you feel more tired after a while) and lots of fresh air. If you can, take a break and have a 5 minute walk outside that also can help to make you feel more awake. Ginseng is a natural aid and could be considered too. Dull, I know, but it works. Good luck in the tournament!! :-)
14 ( +1 | -1 ) Good Luck~! v_glorioso12~!I agree with the previous good posts~! and...in addition to... (1) Concentration (2) Praying Those R good 4 U and important 2.. Good Luck~! v_glorioso12~!
67 ( +1 | -1 ) combination that might helpI sometimes combine an energy drink (e.g. red bull) with some dextrose, for me it works quite well, but I don't think I would recommend it for a longer period, since I'm not really convinced that these little uppers are fully healthy at all. but for a short period it might be helpful. (I'm not using this combination regurlarly, but probably everybody who attends university knows this, you know you have to hand in a written task, but you don't do it, until the very last moment and you finish it 2 hours before your alarmclock is ringing ;) )
but generally speaking I'd agree with sugarandspice, but if you're really hungry while playing a banana is great. Good Luck.
28 ( +1 | -1 ) I too am going to the World Open.Get lots of sleep and eat a balanced diet of healthy foods (complex carbs helps as suggested before.) But I find that sleep is #1. Many chess players are night-owls and particularly during a tournament one can get nervous and lose sleep. Good luck Vincent!