The custom is some places seems to be to say Shir Hamaalos before bentching for the seuda mafsekes on Erev Tisha B'Av. Although we normally say Shir Hamaalos for bentching whenever we don't say Tachanun - which would seem to include Erev Tisha B'av - is the common custom to say Al Naaros Bavel for Erev Tisha B'Av (which is the most appropriate time to say the Tehillim focused on the destruction) or Shir HaMaalos?

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    Seems to be a chabad custom. I’m not sure how many others follow this.
    – Joel K
    Jul 30, 2020 at 16:09
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    I've never seen nor heard of this. It's rather shocking in fact to think anyone would do this.
    – Double AA
    Jul 30, 2020 at 16:19

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Rav Chaim Kanievsky is quoted as saying you should say Al Naharos on Erev Tisha B'av since that is most appropriate.

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