I've been thinking about alternative ways to prepare for chess tournaments. Instead of working on my openings, playing through games, or testing my endgame skill against the computer I'm trying a different approach.
In the area of tactics I'm playing "Dance Factory" on the PS2. I'm attempting to make it all the way through the soundtrack to "Stop Making Sense" by Talking Heads in "Endurance Mode". So far I get up to "Life During Wartime" before I collapse.
For strategy I'm using "Desktop Tower Defense" as my training tool. By building optimal mazes with the correct placement of my "Squirt Towers", I hopefully can find the right squares for my pieces the next time I sit down to play.