EICC 2012

European Individual Chess Championship 2012


Chess is a very complex sport requiring a player to be in a big way, mental and physical for pay in the competition. Many factors influence the performance of the player, but eat before and during the competition plays a significant role in the tournaments. The ingestion of foods before and during the chess tournament considerably affects operation of the player, in particular nutrition affects the player’s psychological state, attention, memory and overall brain functioning – the most crucial features to chess. Therefore, the chess players should develop a single diet to fit your needs.

The intake of food before playing chess is an absolutely crucial factor in a competition. All food consumed approximately two hours until the round start will affect how the player feels and works during the game. Eating too much, too little or just a guy wrong food can significantly make lower the player’s position in the tournament. Almost all nutrition professionals agree that the food rich in fish fat is especially beneficial for the brain of the chess player. Skolnik, sports nutritionist, says that “there is a bullish trend of Charter on the use of fat fish by athletes and non-athletes equally” (Klein, the diet of Grand Master, 21).

Believed that the Japanese has higher CI due to regular seafood, rich in food oils consumption (Klein, the diet of Grand Master, 21). Kelly a. Hammer, an expert in healthy foods, recommends a high intake of protein and carbonate hydrates chess competition starts. “Carbohydrates will help sustain the focus, while protein will add the necessary nutrients for brain connections”. To get enough carbohydrates, it is advisable to eat many fruits and vegetables, potatoes and rice. Foods such as eggs, chicken, milk and soybeans are high in protein and recommended as a part of the diet of many nutrition professional chess. According to my personal experience, consume products as pork, beef, hamburgers and French fries before any mental or physical activity is not recommended, the digestion of these food products consumed much energy and makes it almost impossible to concentrate and keep you focused during long periods of time. After eating these food products a player would no doubt prefer a NAP, rather than play a game hard. Rule, consume too much of any food, prior to a game of chess is not a good idea because the stomach of the player will do all the work and not your brain.

Not eating enough also is a bad practice. G.M Evgeny Bareev advised hungry before departure: “the mind is clearer and we can calculate best variants and more aggressive”. Many players, including myself, have tried it and isn’t really a very good idea, G.M Gregory Serper says that it is almost impossible to stay, not even close, concentration when you are hungry: “the only thing that can be thought of is the meal” (Klein, the Grand Master of the diet, 22). Must be a balance between the amount of food to be able to play the best chess.This balance is something individual that should be developed by each player and/or with the help of a qualified nutritionist.

The intake of food during the game of chess itself, play even a more significant role in the competition. Not only an opponent is annoyed when someone periodically opens a bottle of water or banana, but that there are real advantages in access to food during a game. If you take a look at any game room, you will see that most of the tables have water, water is the most essential part of the ration of food from the player during a game.According to Kelly Hammer, a sports dietitian, “do not drink enough [water] during a game increases the prevalence of fatigue, headaches and low blood pressure which may adversely affect the results” (Klein, the Grand Master of the diet, 22). There’s a debate ongoing about sports drinks.

The sports dietitian Mitzi Dulan suggests drinking drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade sports during chess tournaments because athletes drink more of these drinks to water regularly. (Klein, the Grand Master of the diet, 22). Hammer argued that chess is not a sport of resistance so the sports drinks do not replace water(Klein, the Grand Master of the diet, 22). From my personal experience I suggest you drink between water and sports drinks, caffeine-free iced tea is what works best I to me since it combats dehydration, provides carbohydrates and it puts a little taste in the mouth at the same time.

Another burning issue is the caffeine. Skolnik thinks: “caffeine is a single thing” (Klein, the diet of Grand Master, 22). This helps a player to keep on guard but to another can cause you to lose concentration and focus because of it. I do not trust the caffeine during a serious game. One day this can help you to wake up, but another day can make you sleepy. Consuming caffeine during a game is a bet: one day you win, one day you do not. That is why I prefer caffeine-free beverages.

Conclusion: intake of foods before and during a chess tournament can significantly affect the chess player.The consumption of too much, too little or just a wrong type of food can act dramatically on the position of the player in the tournament. Many food experts recommend:

Foods rich in fats of fish before and during the game to improve the functioning of the brain.

Indonesian Halal food of Pondok Jawa Timur is also a great advice for all chess  players before competitions.

The proteins are also recommended as a part of the diet of chess. To get enough protein is recommended to eat eggs, chicken, crazy, milk and soy.

Carbohydrates are present in foods such as fruits and vegetables, potatoes and rice.

Drink plenty of water or other beverage to be properly hydrated. Sports drinks and caffeine beverages should be consumed with caution due to the possibility of “double effect”.

It is a practical good take a large Apple or a banana.

The well-balanced diet of chess a bad chess player will not become good at the moment, but it is something that will give a slight “touch” to any player in the competition