Borrowing a page from reality TV shows, the World Rapid and Blitz Championships have a “confession booth” for players. Some of the players have used it.

People who are not grandmasters — which is all but about 1,500 people in the world — often wonder what goes through the mind of those players. Well, this might be a chance to find out, at least a little bit.

The World Rapid and Blitz Championships has put up a “confession booth” in the playing hall where players can speak into the camera and say what is on their minds.

Confession booths are a staple of reality TV — a chance for some of the participants, whose lives are already under a microscrope, to talk directly to viewers and tell them what they think about other people on the shows or what is going through their minds.

So far, the confession booth at the chess championships has been used by eight players: Anton Korobov of Ukraine, Eric Hansen of Canada, Salem A.R. Saleh of United Arab Emirates, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, David Navara of the Czech Republic, Baskaran Adhiban of India, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran, and Mikhail Antipov of Russia.

Using a confession booth might seem like the simplest thing in the world — sit down, look into the camera, say what is on your mind (or, as they say in America, spill your guts) — but some people seem to have more of a knack for it than others. The most successful confessionals are ones in which the person treats it a bit like the confessional booths in Catholic churches and reveals some “secret.”

Now that the blitz championship has begun, players from that competition have begun using the booth:

Ilja Schneider, after Round 1

Ilja Schneider in confession booth after blitz round 1

Eric Hansen (who used the booth twice during the rapid championship)

The following are confessions from during the rapid championship

Anton Korobov 

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen, back for seconds after Round 12

Salem A.R. Saleh

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

David Navara

Navara went back to the booth after Round 14

Baskaran Adhiban

Ehsan Ghaem Maghami

Mikhail Antipov