Posts Tagged ‘vegan’

Chess Food And The Archives

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Before I get too far into this new blog, I wanted to give a quick tour of the archives hosted under the chess category on my vegan food blog.  They cover the importance of proper nourishment during competitive play.

I think it’s safe to say, from an outsiders perspective, while people likely feel the tension in the room, it’s hard to appreciate how exhausting such prolonged thinking and sitting can be.  Indeed, many of the top players have incorporated regular exercise into their training programs.  And there are stories of many pounds of weight shed during the old World Championship matches. 

Some of the elite—like Magnus Carlsen with his drink of choice, orange juice—also seem to pay a little attention to diet too. For me, it’s critical. I know, in the days before I went vegan, grabbing a quick bite at the local pizza joint, with all that heavy, greasy cheese, really made for an uncomfortable next round. I mean, your heart can get racing at times, and the last thing it needs besides some imaginary threat is all that fat coursing around. Now that I’ve been years on a low-fat vegan diet, my anxiety at the board is much more controlled.

Here are the posts describing ways I’ve packed meals for various events:

Posts with actual game play:

Lastly, a few miscellaneous chess mentions:

I hope you enjoy catching up. There’s more over there than I recalled. :)

So, back to the topic of staying in shape and eating well for chess success, tell me, how do you prep for the food challenges of a tournament? Do you notice differences in your play when you’ve not been keeping up with your exercise or eat something junky versus when you’re treating and fueling your body well?

Serious chess. Serious fun!