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  1. Standard member iru
    23 May '07 20:48 / 1 edit
    I'd like to understand players' motivaiton when choosing fast vs slow time controls. As for myself I only play 1 day per move with timebank of 0,3 or 7 which is considered to be rather fast. This gives me feeling of "flow" in games. When playing with slower time controls I forget ideas behing each game and loose interest. To put it simple if I have time to make 12 moves per day I prefer to move twice in each of my 6 games rather then have 36 games with 3 days per move. I am not saying that one way or another is better - just interested to know different opinions.
  2. 23 May '07 21:58
    The way I look at playing CC is the same as playing a series of chess puzzles, and not a regular game. I don't know how those running 50 games at a time do it. hats off to them.
  3. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    23 May '07 22:04
    my highest was 55....my rating went down a bit...
  4. Standard member bannedplayer306509
    Best Loser
    23 May '07 22:15
    Originally posted by hamltnblue
    The way I look at playing CC is the same as playing a series of chess puzzles, and not a regular game. I don't know how those running 50 games at a time do it. hats off to them.
    In my experience, you need about 5 minutes per game per day to play a reasonable game of chess... I usually run about 50 games at a time (I'm a fairly new subscriber and I didn't realize how many games tournaments and clans can add) and it's imposible. My rating should be in the 1600's imo and I have a hard time keeping it at 1500.
  5. 23 May '07 22:35
    Whenever I have a game that I haven't played for a while and my opponent moves, I can just go to analyze board and associate the moves made with the opponents name and I will usually remember the dynamics and the ideas that I had while playing it initially... I guess its just how my memory works, that I can remember that stuff based on the move order... but if I don't and I completley have forgoten all about the game I can still take a few minuites to go over the game step-by-step, move-by-move until my memory is jogged, or until I can come up with a new plan. I think of it as a puzzle, and each move brings a new puzzle with a new solution, so really if I don't remember playing the game previously, I can still solve the puzzle.
  6. 24 May '07 03:34
    On ICCF the time control is 10 moves in 50 days. I like this as you can play as fast or as slow as you like. The time accumulates. For example in one game I have 132 days to make three moves (move 40, the next time control). My opponent has 186 days! The last game I played here was fairly fast, I think we wrapped it up in a week.

    Game 3535428

    I don't really like 'fast' correspondence games obviously. As far as game load I have 13 of 16 games active in two tournaments with another 10 game double rr starting on the 1st. 23 active games would probably be too many except four of my active games are pretty much wrapped up. For me 20 is probably the limit.

    http://www.iccf-webchess.com/EventCrossTable.aspx?id=10836
    http://www.iccf-webchess.com/EventCrossTable.aspx?id=11145
  7. 24 May '07 03:42
    Some jerk start playing slowly when they are losing dragging on the game for ages.

    Plus, you might lose interest in the game X month's later.

    Thus, I use 1/7 and 1/14.

    You will see plenty of threads with ppl winning, OHH this guy isn't moving etc....

    Preventable.
  8. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    24 May '07 05:15 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by RahimK
    Some jerk start playing slowly when they are losing dragging on the game for ages.

    Plus, you might lose interest in the game X month's later.

    Thus, I use 1/7 and 1/14.

    You will see plenty of threads with ppl winning, OHH this guy isn't moving etc....

    Preventable.
    On the other side - many people have many other things to do without chess, so they may not be able to spent so much time to RHP.

    P.S. I prefer time control 3/7.
  9. 24 May '07 05:24
    1/3 is the superior "quick" speed, typically when you want to be done within a month. That's why I use it.
  10. 24 May '07 05:36
    Originally posted by Korch
    On the other side - many people have many other things to do without chess, so they may not be able to spent so much time to RHP.

    P.S. I prefer time control 3/7.
    Yes, choose the timer you want.

    But don't complain about it. It was your choice.

    Ppl moving slowly, draggin on lost games etc...

    It was your choice to pick that timer.
  11. Standard member Mctayto
    Highlander
    24 May '07 08:58
    Personally I prefer fast movers in CC as if an opponent hasn't moved for days you forget your thoughts for that game. Therefore unless you have sufficient time to use resources such as anaylise boards you tend to make wrong moves
  12. 24 May '07 09:14
    I play on this site as if it were OTB chess. I like having a lot of games going (70-120). I have a really good memory and can generally remember what was last going on.

    Playing a lot of games at once teaches your mind to work quickly to recognize the imbalances and draft a plan of action. Playing slower does this as well but I want to be able to play quick and make good moves.

    Because simply put when playing OTB I am not going to have a week to make my move.

    I use 1/0 or 1/7 on most games. And I stay away from Long Haul tournaments.
  13. 24 May '07 09:20 / 1 edit
    I'm just a newbie but here is what I do to make sure I don't forget my game-plan: If I have a particular sequence in mind to try and trap some pieces or to try to get mate, I write down what my next moves would be (assuming my plan isn't thwarted!) using the notebook feature. If I haven't got as far as a plan and am still in the beginning/middle-game phase, then I go to 'analyse board' and quickly flick through the last few moves, or sometimes from the beginning.

    Additional edit (after reading the initial post again!): As for speed, I've started using a 1-day timeout so that the games don't go too slowly, especially as for now I'm not a member so can only have six games on the go. Blitz is too fast for me; I've tried offering some 30 minute games but no one was accepting, and other people were offering 5/10 minute games which is too fast for me (makes me panic!) I guess I like as close to a real-life game as possible.
  14. 24 May '07 14:03
    To me, CC is slow by definition, and I like to play slow here so I can put a lot of thought in my moves and use the time available to do so.

    I also like blitz games, but I see this as a completely different kind of game and specifically will play on sites designed for the purpose.
  15. 24 May '07 14:53
    I slow down when the position becomes complicated... I don't want to rush my moves, when I do is when I lose.