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How To Handle Tough Losses

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The bad news is that if you continue to play chess you will have to deal with many losses. The good news is that these losses are just stepping stones in your overall improvement as a chess player. 

Here are three tips to handle tough losses:

1. Be a good sport.

No matter how tough the loss feels, shake your opponent's hand and say good game. Always take advantage of the chance to review the game with your opponent. This is the first step in the learning process.

2. Go for a walk.

If you have time between games, take a nice walk to clear your mind, calm down, and get some fresh air. Getting away from the exciting tournament area and skittles room can help you to relax and get ready for your next game.

3. Start over.

Forget about your loss and treat your next round like it's the beginning of a new tournament. Just imagine that the next round is the first round, and you just want to play good moves. 

Do not forget after the tournament to review these losses and look at them as an opportunity to improve.

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