Some players complained about the new USCF rule of not allowing players to listen to their favorite tunes on their IPods during the games. The reason for this rule is to help avoid cheating possibilities.

In my opinion and this is also my recommendation, don’t listen to music while playing chess. While you may like it and you think it may help you (that’s debatable), it may be rude to your opponents. Secondly, why bother developing a habit where it may not be allowed? I have not seen any top GM listening to music while playing chess in my 33 years in chess.

So if you are used to listening to music while playing, try to kick the habit. If you do not listen to music while playing, don’t start.

What is your take?

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