Dingalala Technique – Why chess academies should teach students on how to concentrate ?

Note : Read until the end to uncover the Dingalala Technique! . 


Let’s not assume that our students know how to concentrate. They do not !.  Yes – They do not !

Have you ever been formally taught how to concentrate?

If not, how can we expect it from our students. In this article, lets see how we can teach concentration to students

what is the #1 reason for losing in the game of chess? 

If you say technique, you have got it wrong. It’s concentration. In the initial levels of chess, lack of focus attributes to 90% of the loss.

Be true to yourself. How many of you have thought about something else during the game? It could be a movie, humming a song, watching the next board, thinking about vacation or friends or family.

Concentration is like a muscle, it has to be practised to make it strong

Monk Dandapani Method of practising Concentration :

Simple. Whenever your minds drifts, bring it back.

Not just in chess, concentration can be practiced in every task that you do in your day.

Let’s say you are eating food and you are thinking about something else, bring the attention back to food and the way you eat. That’s it. You are already practicing on how to concentrate.

The more you bring back your drifting mind, you are practicing how to concentrate.

Your mind will never drift if you repeatedly practice this simple technique.

MUST WATCH : Monk Dandapani explaining about concentration and how to concentrate.




Now let’s get back to chess !?. 3 Techniques for improving concentration.

1. Meditation

Teaching them how to meditate. Watch the above video of Dandapani. 

2. Touch me not Mode !

what’s that “Touch me not” mode ? . Ask your students to sit in front of the chess board ans setup a random position from master’s or classic games. Ask them not touch the pieces for 30 minutes and keep writing all the variations that run in their head (May be even until the end of the game).

Next what ? Increase 30 minutes to 1 hour and if possible 2 hours.

Did i invent this technique ? – Not at all. Grandmaster Sasikiran’s father shared this technique with me.

3. Dingalala Technique

Ask your students to play against each other and they should write down the word “dingalala” whenever they think of something else during the game. Share the Dingalala sheet with parents, they will love it.

Do you think it is even feasible to teach these in academies ? . I found couple of interesting pic online. Take a look @ them.

Picture 1 : Students at Victorious Chess Academy, pune (India) practising meditation. Although this image was dated way back in 2014, it is still fresh and relevant as of today.

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Picture 2 : Students at Morphy chess academy in Kolkata (India) practising a form of meditation in their center.

So what are you waiting for. Put the ideas to practice.

About me

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My name is Arun, CEO of Chesslang.com and i help chess coaches to build & grow their chess academy. You can reach me through https://www.facebook.com/arunsrinivaasrs  

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