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British chess champion: Equipped for life at the top    Translate This Article
13 May 2010

British chess champion Jonathan Rowson has followed political leaders Nick Clegg and William Hague in speaking about how Transcendental Meditation helped to equip him for life at the top of his profession.

The three-time UK chess champion told the Indian newspaper Deccan Herald, during a visit to Delhi, that he maintains a strong interest in Transcendental Meditation as well as yoga and Indian spirituality. Aberdeen-born Rowson, 33, learned Transcendental Meditation in 1998 while a student at Oxford University and says he owes his first-class degree to it.

'It was by far the best thing I learned at Oxford, 'he told a Scottish newspaper in 2007. 'I suddenly had more energy, concentrated better and felt warmer towards other people.'

Rowson, who also has a degree from Harvard and is a widely read author and columnist, added that he would never dream of playing a serious game without meditating beforehand. 'After meditating I feel calm, centred and ready to compete but, more importantly, the technique allows me to ''just play'' and enjoy the game without worrying about the result.'

Read more from The Herald article, 23 April 2007.

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