The 2013 National Age Group takes on a new format - 9 rounds of grueling 3 hr games (1.5 hrs per side). Stamina counts for these games and fitness is of course very important. I have seen players leading up to Rd 6 in tournaments of this nature, only to falter at the last 3 rounds due to fatigue.
Hence to my students : Know your limits and if you choose to sign up for this, prepare yourselves physically by exercising regularly after your exams. It will be necessary to put in at least 45 minutes of exercise a day to achieve good physical shape to stay alert for the whole 3 days. Kindly contact me of your decision so I can make the necessary training plans to support.