HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Chess set manufacturer and equipment provider, The House of Staunton, offers chess enthusiasts a glimpse into the life of professional chess players. Learn what it’s really like to be part of competitive chess.

It’s no surprise that the highly competitive environment of professional chess leaves players hesitant to share their secrets. But, for those who aspire to be a world chess champion, here’s a glimpse of what life would be like.

The top players wake early, usually by 6:30am. By seven o’clock, they’ve already begun their training. A typical day of training involves at least five or six hours of study and play. Training includes memorizing and review. Players rehearse opening variations and endgame positions, practice strategy, logical thinking, and positional chess. They also spend time analyzing their opponent’s game, noting their strengths and weaknesses.

Many professional players will use online programs to help them train, and most will have been part of a scholastic chess program at some point in time.

Of course, no day is complete without physical activity. Chess requires tremendous endurance and players must be in top physical shape to withstand the pressures of the game. Regular nutritious meals and snacks are a must. The most competitive players take exercise and nutrition very seriously.

Being mentally and physical fit helps the world’s best players manage the pressures of stardom. The publicity and fame some players experience takes a toll. A good coach is a must as is a close-knit support system. Aspiring players are encouraged to draw support from their family and friends as they become more competitive.

While making it onto the list of the top 20 chess players is an extremely daunting task, those with a true passion for the game don’t hesitate. Chess has many benefits. It can help prevent Alzheimer’s, improve memory, and increase creativity. With those benefits, the downside of not making the world’s top twenty doesn’t seem too bad.

About The House of Staunton: The House of Staunton is an American locally owned and operated small business. For over 27 years, they have manufactured the world’s finest chess equipment. They sell a wide variety of chess sets, chess boards and chess boxes, and are the equipment provider for top chess tournaments worldwide. Their chess sets are featured in numerous movies and television shows as well as on book covers and in print ads.

Media Contact: Shawn P. Sullivan, The House of Staunton, Inc., 256.858.8070,

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