In the last few months, I’ve been working with Daniel to establish in his chess discipline the principal of: “work hard on every move”.
We know that chess is non-linear, and a wrong move, as small as it maybe, can cost you the game. A chess tournament is quite challenging, both physically and mentally, and it’s easy to think: “I’ve worked hard in the previous game. I should relax this game”.
In contrast, the “working hard” principal says: “every move of every game is equally important, and you should give it as much attention as is appropriate, regardless of previous games and effort”.
This seems to work rather well so far, and allowed Daniel to bridge some of the gap between his performance at home and at tournaments.