Originally posted by Sicilian SmaugActually I meant using say 3 day timeout vs 7 day timeout with the timebank not being relevant. So say either they both have no timebank or they both have the same timebank but you didn't use them in either case.
I normally use 3/7 time controls as a safety net. I move very quickly in all my games, but i just like to have that timebank in case the game continues into a time when im on holiday. I'd hate to be timed out, it's never happened yet and i intend for it to never happen.
Originally posted by RahimKI play mostly games with a 7 day timeout or more. That doesn't mean I spend much more time to decide on the moves than I would in a 3 day timeout. But I have a lot of active games, and I don't look at all of them every day. Sometimes I concentrate on a few games in which I may move several times a day, while I leave the rest alone for a few days (sometimes I have a quick look at them so that I don't completely forget what's going on in them). So I don't think it improves my play, but it enables me to play more games. I am trying to reduce my game load, though, and if I manage to do so, I may start playing more 3 day timeouts again. I find that I can lose track when I am playing too many slow games.
Do you think your chess really improves that much by using a 7 day timeout compared to a 3 day timeout?
I mean 3 days should be good enough to find the move, and I can't see how spending 4 extra days really improving your play.
Originally posted by RahimKI almost exclusively play 7-day timeouts minimum. I don't spend anymore time (the "extra" four days) looking for a better move, though. I just like to have the extra time available to me for finding the best move. I'm really trying to improve my chess, so I spend a lot of time reading books instead of playing games. Once I get a better grasp on chess, I may take on 3-day timeouts. That will take years, though, I'm sure, at least if I want to maintain a balance with the rest of my life.
...I mean 3 days should be good enough to find the move, and I can't see how spending 4 extra days really improving your play....