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tokirapa 79 ( +1 | -1 )
psycological stamina They say it is the spirit and srength of every chess player. Is there anyone who knows to improve it?

I usually participate in rapid tournaments (one day -5 round swiss system) and my chess strength comes only in the beginning rounds (1st to 3rd rnds.). Blunder comes on 4rth or 5th and sometimes a terrible blunder that cost my defeat even I knew my opponent is weaker than me. Even in my games here at gameknot you can see this weakness.

Some player advised me to take a regular exercise one month before the event to overcome this. I did but I still feel dumb after hours of play.

Is there a way to improve my psycological stamina? I want to produce a good chess and express my full chess strength but this weakness stops me.

help me please.....

achillesheel 66 ( +1 | -1 )
Exercise & Sleep Having endured three years of law school (with two jobs and two children all the while), I can tell you that if you find a cure for mental exhaustion, you should bottle it and sell it!

I found that regular physical exercise (including very light exercise like a walk) on the morning before a long exam was best. Sleep counted just as much, though that might have been simply because I was sleep-deprived during that time ... might not make as much of a difference otherwise.

Others might suggest herbals and such (Gingko, for example). Never tried them, so I can't comment.
tokirapa 10 ( +1 | -1 )
sleep thats it!!! sleep!!!

I cant sleep when I have exciting games, thax achillesheel.
spurtus 107 ( +1 | -1 )
Mental strength is complimented by 'well being' ... hence fitness etc. GMs go to the gym before big matches! and they feel GREAT and they go on with great mental determination to defeat their opponent..

But your strength probably lapses in the last 2 games of 5 as it does for most... because of the way the matches are balanced ALL players find the last 2 games the hardest unless they keep losing!...that is you start with your rating and if you win you play harder and harder players... get the drift?... if your underrated expect trouble at end of game not the start ... is this correct?

... your concentration may falter and for this I really do advise more exercise and less chess!

But I can suggest playing a 'UNIVERSAL FORMATION', in BLITZ games... 5 minutes... or so , but whatever your comfortable with?... play a few thousand games of these and you feel natural ability to attack or defend!... you will have the initiative most games!
DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS... UNLESS you want the rest of the chess world to tell you you are playing the wrong strategy!

divine_sun_cat 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Red Bull Drink a can of Red Bull half hour before start. Should help you to maintain concentration, and prevent you falling asleep. This is what i do as both stimulants and glucose helpful to concentration. Coffee is no good to me. It makes me sleep.
drdesoto 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Its normal ... to be more exhausted in round 4 and 5 than in the first rounds of a tournament, this happens to me also. I could not hold my full concentration in a one days tournament for 8 hours. What I am doing is quite simple:

1. I used to play variations I have played 200 times before, so I could nearly sleep while moving. I don't go against the weakness but accept to live with it and try to cope with.
2. I go for a quick draw, knowing that I won't win all matches anyway.

anaxagoras 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Mental stamina is innate ;-)
riga 104 ( +1 | -1 )
Cardivascular It's all about blood flow. Jog a 1/4-1/2 a mile the morning of a match, depending on your abilities. Take a shower and you should last at least 25% longer. This is defenitly a problem that is hard to overcome. For long term results, physical fitness is defenitly a must.

personally, i like to get no more than 4-5 hours of sleep before a tournament. this makes you sleep deprived at first, but it forces your body and mind to adapt AND GET UP. after you get ready, go through a couple of chess problems or openings or whatever you got. Also physical pain seems to help. I once busted up my wrists the day before a tournament from a bad spill, and on concrete nonetheless. I had to get up from the table several times that day to go to the bathroom and wash off the pain, but i got 3-0 that day in a 2 day 5 round tournament and eventually tied for first.

As for Red Bull, i think it makes you too impulsive for chess, and you better have a lot because when it wears off, your screwed. Drugs don't usually help in the long run. (except weed, which is of course never bad)

-THe TOol
tokirapa 128 ( +1 | -1 )
prescribed drugs solving chess problems: I agree with this. I do this mind exercise when I feel my mind is not working (say a chess puzzle mate in 3,4 up to five) and it makes me alive. The problem is, it excite me much and I can't sleep. It wakes all my nerves.

One thing more about this prescribe mind stimulant drugs. Some players here use it before the tournament (I have a IM friend trying this and give him good result) but im afraid of the side effect. I remember GM Torre (maybe you've heard his name, he is our country's first chess hero) once endorse this kind of drug, and it is expenxive here!!!!

to spurtus: thanks for the advise, I agree with your opinion but let me site this: We all know that it gets harder every round in the tournament specially the last rounds. And when a player loose on that round, It's O.k. , everyone must expect a strong player on that stage. No question for that, but when a player loose by a terrible and obvious blunder especially to a much weaker opponent (which you knew), that is not an exception and there must be a problem. About the blitz game, I'm starting to play 5, 4, 3 & 2 min, per game. Some player advise me also to do this, thank you guys!!!