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5 Reasons Why You Fail in Chess Tournaments

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5 Reasons Why You Fail in Chess Tournaments

The act of participating in a chess tournament is much different from the act of studying chess or participating in friendly casual games at the club with your friends. While we can perform quite well during our classes, training sessions with friends, or with a coach, an official competition pushes you to put up your best effort and put your finest competitive abilities and character to the test in order to advance. Of course, there are hundreds of other coworkers who are doing the same thing as you, and as if that wasn’t difficult enough, there is the added pressure of time constraints.

Decisions must be made quickly and accurately, not only on the board but also during preparation, the selection of an opening, and the most uncomfortable strategy for our adversary’s opponent. Because of this confluence of factors, it is not difficult to see that we might become disoriented when participating in a competition at times.

There are a variety of causes for this, including:

  • Unsatisfactory outcomes – Losing games
  • Bad habits — not getting enough sleep or getting low quality sleep
  • Not being able to cope properly under pressure – Breaking down at vital periods
  • Feeling unconfident – Not believing that you have done enough preparation
  • When you’re anxious, you lose sight of the fact that you’re there to “just play.”


And there are occasions when it’s just terrible luck. It may seem strange to include luck as a factor in chess, but there are occasions when there are no reasonable explanations for bad performance, and there are moments when your mind is simply not there and you are unable to offer your best effort.

Because these conditions are not unfamiliar to any player with tournament experience, we’d like to discuss alternative techniques you might employ in order to re-engage yourself in the game when you’re having a bad day during a competition.

Having to deal with a lousy game
The greatest thing you can do is put it out of your mind as soon as possible. A terrible game does not always have to be one in which you lose; it may instead be a painful tie in which you miss out on an easy win. Negative ideas should be suppressed as soon as possible, especially if they occur at the start of a competition.

Although it is easier said than done, you should attempt to relax, get a good night’s sleep, and think about what you will do in the following round.

Unhealthy Habits
Everyone has their own pace, customs, habits, and whatever it is that we do on a daily basis that makes us happy is unique to them. The lack of sleep and rest, on the other hand, is detrimental to chess performance. While at a competition, try to make your routine as organized as possible and maintain a healthy lifestyle; rest and diet should be your top priority.

Pressure, a lack of self-confidence, and worry are all present.
Most of the time, these three components have a great deal in common. You are desperate to win, you can’t wait for the game to be finished, and you are desperate for a positive outcome. These kinds of thinking simply serve to push you further away from your objective.

They are both overpowering and unhelpful at the same time. You must be in a relaxed state of mind and have fun while playing the game. Always remember that a competent player takes pleasure in the game and does not suffer as a result of it. Going over a collection of your previous games might help you build your confidence by reminding you of what you are capable of doing. Additionally, it might help you become more conscious of your own vulnerabilities so that you don’t make the same mistakes again.

What could possibly go wrong now that you’ve finished reading this?

Still, the response is a resounding ‘yes.’ It’s impossible to keep everything under control. In such situation, we have a final recommendation for when a tournament is thrown out at an early point of the game.

Learn chess openings!

What does it matter whether things have gone wrong now, if they have?

Find your inspiration by pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and breaking away from your routine. Why would you want to interfere with your opponent’s preparations if you are not in peak physical condition? You’ve long pondered whether you should respond to 1.e4 with 1…g6, for example. Do it in the next round, if possible.

Playing new roles will be more challenging, but it will also increase your curiosity, and you may find something about yourself that you didn’t realize you were capable of. Keep in mind that fortune favors the bold!

We hope you have found this post to be informative and that you have benefited from the information provided above.

We’ve all been there before! Thank you for taking the time to read and, as always, please share your opinions with us.

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