By Cathrynnader on 27th January

A chess player knows that it takes skill and sharp wits, as well as an analytical mind, to beat your opponent. The skills used to win at chess are similar to those needed in any type of competition, and there are things you can do to keep your mind sharp and ready for the next match.


Mindfulness has become somewhat of a buzzword over the years. However, it is an excellent method for improving mental control. Mindfulness is a useful way to exercise the mind, focus on the present, acknowledge feelings and focus on your breathing. Gaining control of your mind in this way can increase focus and mental wellbeing. Mindfulness techniques and allowing yourself the time to focus and meditate will bring many benefits.


As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’, and this is true for any game. Playing the game over and over, and trying out different strategies, will help you flex your analytical muscles. These skills are useful across a number of games, whether you are preparing for your next chess match or for a poker tournament. Poker is another game that is great for developing mental agility.

Positive Thinking

Having a positive mindset which results in looking for the positives in situations is an excellent way to build confidence and self-esteem. Approaching each match with a positive attitude, focused on winning will go a long way to giving you success. The strong, analytical skills used in chess can be translated into many other games. Poker and other card games can be an exciting and new way to flex your mental muscles. Taking a break from playing chess and trying something new is an excellent way to refresh the mind.