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  1. 27 Sep '07 03:58
    I'm in a tournament right now. And i need help. I always stay nervous. And I think that this nervous-ness will keep me from playing my best.

    Any tips???
  2. 27 Sep '07 04:00
    please help anyone?
  3. Standard member GalaxyShield
    Mr. Shield
    27 Sep '07 04:07
    Take short walks and breathe as much as you can.
  4. 27 Sep '07 04:11
    PleaSE?
  5. 27 Sep '07 04:27
    thanks man. I'll try to do that.
  6. 27 Sep '07 04:37 / 4 edits
    Originally posted by pawndevourer
    I'm in a tournament right now. And i need help. I always stay nervous. And I think that this nervous-ness will keep me from playing my best.

    Any tips???
    Take a look at this thread: Thread 74823

    Some other tips I've collected when searching for solutions to this problem (which I also share):

    - meditation
    - breath exercises
    - get plenty of sleep the night before
    - eat right (high protein, low carb), and not too much or too little
    - go for a 5 to 20 minute walk before the game
    - get up and stretch your legs during the game
    - get yourself a squeeze-ball (those squishy things you can crush in your hands while playing)
    - keep in mind that this kind of stress reaction will diminish over time as you get more experience with tournament play
    - don't take your ratings too seriously and remember that it's only a game
  7. 27 Sep '07 04:45
    Why would you be nervous?

    Whats the worst that can happen?
  8. 27 Sep '07 05:03
    Try and remember your opponent is probably as nervous as you. He is just as human and probably just as likely to blunder. Relax and play your best. Most of all have fun.
  9. 27 Sep '07 05:29
    Wanting to win is my worst enemy. Wanting so bad, having so much expectation on myself.

    But when I relax it seems that I play much better, more inventive, finding the most interesting (and sound) sacrifies.

    So nowadays, I play for fun, not play to win (primarily), and at the same time, I'm playing better.
  10. Subscriber coquette
    Already mated
    27 Sep '07 05:32
    tournament play is a learning experience. you didn't say whether you were referring to an OTB real-life in-person tournament or if you meant an RHP tournament.

    If you are referring to an RHP tournament, then my advice is to enter several others and enjoy the excitement. That's the point. You'll win some and lose some. It's okay.

    If you are referring to a real life OTB tournament, my advice is to read above.
  11. 27 Sep '07 06:34
    one more advice....if you already know your opponents prepare a little the opening against them...and do not play blitz or fast games in the same day with the tournament game...
  12. 27 Sep '07 08:12
    Originally posted by pawndevourer
    I'm in a tournament right now. And i need help. I always stay nervous. And I think that this nervous-ness will keep me from playing my best.

    Any tips???
    As you are not a subscriber I assume that you are talking about a otb tournament, I would say use your time effectively, if it's a standard time tournament, do not move too quickly, use your time to look as deep as you can, investigate all checks and captures, even if they do not look beneficial at first glance, look deeper to see if an advantage appears 2/3 moves deeper. I know when I have played through my otb games, there are quite a few examples where if I had looked just one/two moves deeper into a line I could have taken a significant advantage. I am playing a league match tonight, so I play no chess during the day, prevoulsy I have played up to 5 hours of online chess earlier in the day, but have learned for me at least this is detremental on the same day of a match.
  13. 27 Sep '07 12:07
    Originally posted by pawndevourer
    I'm in a tournament right now. And i need help. I always stay nervous. And I think that this nervous-ness will keep me from playing my best.

    Any tips???
    1. Bring 12 pack of beer to table, chug one after each capture.

    2. Consult "Magic 8 Ball" (yes, no, maybe later...) for next move.

    3. Juggle during opponent's move.

    4. Play blindfolded or with those eyeball glasses that poker guy wears.

    5. Move then tell opponent, " I have to go check my other games".

    6. Offer bribe. Offer to buy his women. Offer $20 for his rook.

    7. Bring laptop to table. Glance back and forth between board and screen before moving. If he objects, claim you're just looking at porn.

    8. Bring bikini clad woman to table with you. Call your moves out loud, but let her make them on the board. Kiss after each move.
  14. 27 Sep '07 12:16
    Originally posted by pawndevourer
    I'm in a tournament right now. And i need help. I always stay nervous. And I think that this nervous-ness will keep me from playing my best.

    Any tips???
    Take up tiddly-winks.
  15. 27 Sep '07 12:19
    Just remember you're there to have a good time, relax and enjoy yourself. I've seen people so balled up that their hands are shaking and they appear frozen in terror, afraid to move. They suck.