Wednesday, January 04, 2006

My New Year's chess resolutions

- Do not play live rated games less the 10 minutes.

- Be deadly serious when it comes to playing games (even if they're only played on the Internet)

Oh, and eh... Happy New Year!


At 05 January, 2006 20:51 , Blogger funkyfantom said...

My resolution was not to play rated games less than THIRTY minutes.

I credit Dan Heisman for this insight.

At 06 January, 2006 06:02 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Personally i prefer longer time controls then 10 minute blitz as well. Hence the fact that i like turn-based play so much. I am not a big fan of blitz anyway. The problem is that 30 minute games, or games with even longer time controls are hard to find. People tend to distrust players that are looking for games with such time controls. But what i really want to say, is that i'm normally on the lookout for longer games. But when it is taking me too long to find one, i have a go at the tons of 3 minute and 5 minute games being offered. And most of the time i loose those. Not because of poor play, but because i have a problem managing time. And i got really, really pissed off a lot of times, because you find out that your opponent isn't even out to play chess. He/she's just out to manage their time the right way. Anyway, i did find out i am capable of playing a reasonable game with the time set to 10 minutes. So that will be my minimum time limit from now on. I cannot use the stress of getting pissed off too much, you know?

At 06 January, 2006 20:08 , Blogger funkyfantom said...

Open up any classic book of the best chess games of all time.

What percentage of the games are going to be blitz?

Granted 30 minute games on a typical server are rarer than blitz.

But it never takes me more than five minutes to find one. As far as trust is concerned, I doubt that many of the people I play are cheating. And if a few cheat, so what? I pity them. Perhaps I am playing against Fritz or Crafty a bit more than I thought. Good practice, then.

But to analyze a blitz game, and see all the tactics that you or your opponent missed because of time pressure- how irritating. To me, it is not real chess, unless you are talking about super GMs who can analyze a whole mess of variations in seconds.

At 06 January, 2006 21:37 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

I do not analyze blitz games to find out all of the tactics i missed, i analyze my blitz games to give me an insight in my opening play. Because indeed... The overall play of blitz is not to be taken all that serious. No offense to those who are very good at it, but it just doesn't capture the essence of the game to me. Or something like that.


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