I never win in the final round.
This year's tournament record for my final games looks something like this:
With the Swiss paring system, by the last round or two you should be playing people that are fairly close to your ability. To lose so many late round games has two effects:
Firstly, it indicates I probably need to work on my endurance and ability to recover in between games. Given many of the games barely last 30 moves - my September last round game was decided by a tactic on move 9 - I probably need to make a special effort to continue to concentrate in the later rounds.
Secondly, it's terrible for my rating. To lose to someone rated 2000 in round one is no big deal. (In fact, it's entirely to be expected.) But in the final rounds of a Swiss tournament, when your oppenent has a rating pretty close to your own, it is devastating.
Any ideas on how to train for this situation?
How do you stay alert during the final rounds of a long tournament? What are you tricks? Care to share any advice?
Are there ways to improve your "staying power"? Perhaps a bit of chess viagra might be in order. ;)