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jstack 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Pre-game routine For all you OTB players, I would like to ask something. When you play in a tournament, what do you do...lets say 2 hours before your game. Do you study a chess book hoping to pick up something useful? Review strategies with a coach or a friend? Read a book to relax? Meditation? Listen to music? Do you feel your pregame routine influences your results?
thalagor 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Depends on when the game/tournament starts; early in the morning (as usual); I only try to relax. In mid day; I play some blitz to warm up 20 min before the game. Before that; just relaxing.
thalagor 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Addition; I've found out that I often play worse trying to stress me through problems or such before a game. Blitz isn't that good idea either, if not played seriously, since you might get impatient during the long games after a series of blitz.
premium_steve 90 ( +1 | -1 )
i usually go over some opening lines that i think are most likely to come up in my games.
i like relaxing too.
i eat something very light (remembering that someone told me digestion can take away from your thinking power) and i try to get in a visit to the bathroom before i start a game.
during the game i like to walk around a bit and drink fountain water if there's any around.

Are you guys always comfortable playing two or more games in a row? I find that difficult sometimes. If you are coming off a tough loss and about to play a new game, it's important, obviously, to put the loss behind you. Don't play a drastically different style of game because you want revenge. :)
This happened to me in my last tournament. I played very fast, hardly looking at the board, and was steaming about my last game. I made mistakes and should have lost quickly.
thalagor 64 ( +1 | -1 )
I love it when several games are in a row, it feels like I'm in my element :P. The only thing to remember to do when playing several games in a row is to do what the situation requires. You can't think about past games, or past evaluations, that'll lead to mistakes. But if you just worry about the position in the present game you'll do just fine. At least this works for me.

And talking about walking around during games; I only do that if the timelimit is over 1 h or if my opponent has less than 2000 rating. If so, I feel comfortable walking around, if it's not so, I need to sit and watch my game without interruptions to be able to finish my opponent off.
jstack 47 ( +1 | -1 )
games in a row Steve, I totally agree with you. I hate playing more than 1 game a day...especially a long time control. So much so that I often take a half point bye to avoid it. For instance I am competing in a 5 round event this weekend. I play friday night and saturday afternoon. I am taking a half point bye saturday night. On Sunday I play 2 rounds but that is just to make sure I have a good chance at the money.
lordoftherings 19 ( +1 | -1 )
2 hours before an OTB game.. ...if i know which opening my opponent plays i look for some variations and games..but the last 30 min. i dont play anymore...and if the match is in the morning i study night not early morning...
lordoftherings 19 ( +1 | -1 )
2 hours before an OTB game.. ...if i know which opening my opponent plays i look for some variations and games..but the last 30 min. i dont play anymore...and if the match is in the morning i study night not early morning...