Originally posted by TEXASmade
Hi, I have a USCF tournament coming up on August 11 and I was wondering how I should prepare for it. I've currently only been in 1 other OTB tourney and didn't really prepare although I got first w/ a 5-0 score. This tournament however will be with more players that are stronger than the ones prior. Any info will be most appreciated!
...[text shortened]... nyone knows any traps that might prove useful in the tourney, could you teach me them...thanks
Relax, have fun....in a week the improvements you can make to your theoretical chess will be nil, however the physiological state you enter the tournament will have a big effect on how you do. Before the tournament spend time doing things you like, enter the tournament with a real feel good factor and you will do better.
I got some advice from an IM once, he said before the tournament, dont eat a heavy meal since the body takes away blood from the brain and uses it in the stomach....no idea if this is true or not, never really bothed to check it, but heavy meals do tend to leave you feeling sluggish (maybe from less blood to the head?) so best to avoid.
I think it was Larsen who said something along the lines of never make a chess move when you need to pee