Secretlab is the chair partner for many of the world’s top esports teams and tournaments. That helps to spread awareness among gamers about the performance-enhancing benefits of Secretlab chairs. Secretlab now moves to spread awareness in the chess world by partnering with Chess.com.
Chess is enjoying an online resurgence. Chess.com is the world’s most popular online chess site. It broadcasts chess tournaments and sponsors top Twitch chess streamers. The site has 42 million registered members and growing. In June 2020, viewers watched 756 million minutes of content on Chess.com’s Twitch streamer network — a record for online chess content.
Secretlab partners with Chess.com
The partnership with Chess.com will see Secretlab provide chairs for top chess streamers and tournaments. Nick Barton, Director of Business Development at Chess.com, said the company is working to establish chess as a global esport. By associating with leading esports brands like Secretlab, the aim is to make chess accessible to new audiences and online personalities. “We’re pleased to roll out an extensive and comprehensive partnership across our broadcasts and streamer program and are looking forward to more top-tier brands entering the space over the coming months.”
As the gaming chair industry leader, Secretlab’s brand is well-known among esports fans and players around the world. Secretlab has active partnerships with LCS, Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and several of the world’s top esports teams.
Gaming chairs for chess players
Back in 2008, an article appeared on Chess.com about ‘ergonomic chess’. It pointed out that lower back pain can affect a chess player’s performance.
For too long, chess players have been too concerned about their position on the board to worry about their position above it. But the way one sits may increase one’s odds of winning.
Despite such warnings, the ergonomics standards in use at global chess tournaments are archaic. For instance, at the 2018 World Chess Championship, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana competed in the final while sitting on cheap office chairs.
That quality of seating seems to be the norm in the chess world. At the 2019 FIDE Chess World Cup, players showed terrible posture while slouching over chess boards.
Boosting performance with ergonomic support
Human bodies work best when they are active. Long periods in cheap office chairs force the body into static sitting positions. Static sitting positions overwork the upper body muscles, contributing to chronic fatigue.
When muscles tire, the sitting body often wilts into a slouch. With chronic slouching, a host of health issues arise. Posture-related maladies include lethargy, back pain, varicose veins, migraines, weight gain, and worse.
Gaming chairs provide ergonomic solutions to these problems. Adjustable neck and lower back pillows support the natural curves of the spine. As the body leans into the tall padded backrest, the neck pillow cradles the user’s head. Gaming chair armrests also adjust, helping to absorb the weight of the user’s arms. Armrests can also adjust to synch with a chess table. Then, the user can rest their arms within easy reach of the chessboard.
Benefits of healthy sitting habits
The result is that players can better maintain peak performance levels. Over longer periods, adopting healthy sitting habits yields several wellness and performance benefits. Those include higher energy levels, more confidence, improved cognitive performance, and a greater sense of well-being.
The esports performance model
Pro esports players have been using gaming chairs since 2006. Since that time, gaming chair technologies and ergonomic awareness among gamers have surged.
Most elite players tend to train around 6-10 hours each day. As with chess training, esports regimens are intense and mentally taxing. Some games demand as much as 400 actions per minute. That means 400 different decisions or clicks in 60 seconds.
The gaming chairs provide players with comfortable posture support and chances to move their bodies while sitting. That helps to keep players perform for longer periods at their mental and physical peak.
These days, gamer awareness about healthy sitting habits has gone beyond the gaming chair. Regular standing breaks every 30 minutes or so are essential. Beyond breaks, a clean, healthy diet helps players to maintain even energy levels. To complement a good diet, regular exercise improves player strength and endurance. Tying everything together is a stable sleeping schedule.
A good gaming chair on its own is advantageous. A good chair combined with a balanced lifestyle is for champions. For instance, Secretlab partner Astralis is one of the world’s top CS:GO teams. Their training regimen is called the Astralis Performance Model. That is a training concept emphasizing balanced nutrition, fitness, and rest when away from the computer. With balance, players tend to perform better when at the computer.
Secretlab chairs for chess players
Secretlab is the industry-leading maker of pro esports gaming chairs. The company sponsors many of the world’s top esports teams. Secretlab also provides chairs for the world’s biggest global esports tournaments.
With the Chess.com partnership, Secretlab immediately becomes the top choice for chess players as well.
Most pro esports teams use a combination of Secretlab Titan and Omega gaming chairs. The Titan is a larger chair with a unique lumbar system. The Omega uses a traditional lumbar pillow and has smaller dimensions.
Price: $399 to $459
Secretlab’s flagship chair is a spacious model for users between 5’9″ to 6’7″ and up to 290 pounds. It has the richest features among all pro esports chairs on the market.
A unique standout feature is the depth-adjustable internal lumbar support system. Turn the knob on the side of the backrest to increase the depth to your liking. Other standout features include metal-plated 4D armrests, a multifunction tilt-lock, and a 5-year warranty.
Both the Titan and Omega chairs come in 32 different styles. Choose between faux leather, Softweave Fabric, or genuine NAPA leather.
Buy a Titan chair direct from Secretlab for between $399 and $459.
Price: $359 to $409
Choosing the right-sized gaming chair is important to get the best support benefits. The Omega is the smallest gaming chair in the Secretlab product line. It is designed to fit users between 5’3″ to 5’11”, weighing up to 240 pounds.
Aside from smaller dimensions, the only difference between the Omega and the Titan is the lumbar support. The Omega comes with an extra-large memory foam lumbar pillow. That is height-adjustable, but not depth-adjustable like the Titan’s variant.
Buy an Omega chair direct from Secretlab for between $359 and $409.
Secretlab Titan XL
Price: $479 to $529
This is a blown-up version of the Titan with super-sized dimensions. The Titan XL has the same features as the Titan. It’s the only big and tall gaming chair on the market with depth-adjustable lumbar support.
The Titan XL differs from other Secretlab chairs in a few ways. First, it uses extra-large components to ensure support for up to 390 pounds. As a result, it has larger dimensions than the other Secretlab chairs. The second difference is that Titan XL chairs only come in five design styles. For big and tall chess players, all models offer clean, discrete good looks.
Buy a Titan XL direct from Secretlab for between $479 and $529.
Secretlab chair dimensions
Here are the dimensions of all three Secretlab chairs. Chess players should choose an appropriate size to ensure the best ergonomic support.
|Secretlab Omega||Secretlab Titan||Secretlab Titan XL|
|Outer seat width & depth||22" (W) x 19.3" (D)||20.5" (W) x 19.7" (D)||22.6" (W) x 19.9" (D)|
|Backrest height & width||31.5" (H) x 21" (W)||33" (H) x 21.7" (W)||33.5" (H) x 22" (W)|
|Floor to Seat Range||18.9" to 21.9"||18.7" to 22.4"||19.1" to 22.8"|
|Chair height||50.4" to 53.4"||51.7" to 55.4"||52.6" to 56.3"|
|Size rating||5'3" to 5'11", up to 240 pounds||5'9" to 6'7", up to 290 pounds||5'9" to 6'10", up to 390 pounds|
The second difference is that Titan XL chairs only come in five design styles. For big and tall chess players, all models offer clean, discrete good looks. A third difference is availability. Secretlab produces smaller batches of Titan XL chairs. When in stock, they sell fast. As a result, in 2020, availability has been erratic. Luckily, Titan XL chairs are available now and ready to order.
Gaming chairs are an important part of the professional and hobbyist esports communities. In homes, they help gamers spend long periods playing their favorite games in comfort. To improve while connecting with other fans, gamers often follow top players on Twitch.
Gamers also tune in to watch pro esports championships in huge numbers. For instance, more people watched the 2019 League of Legends finals than the 2019 Super Bowl.
Online chess doesn’t compare to pro esports, but is growing in popularity. Chess.com is the world’s third most popular gaming website. It has around 9 million monthly active users, with around 1.2 million new members added each month. The site hosts several high-stakes tournaments. It also partners with over 200 top chess personalities streaming on Twitch. Notables include Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura and Woman FIDE Master Alexandra Botez.
Secretlab’s partnership with Chess.com makes a few things likely. First, many top Twitch chess streamers will soon be upgrading to gaming chairs. Second, upcoming global chess tournaments will start showing upgraded ergonomics in their broadcasts.
Third, chess players around the world will switch on to the benefits that gaming chairs offer. These chairs provide healthy support to keep the mind sharp over long periods of sitting. For competitive chess players, that is a surefire way to gain a competitive edge.