Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
But If I play 1600+ correspondence chess I tend to get brutally crushed.
Why is this? To be a "good" chess player how much time is actually spent finding the best move? Perhaps what I consider 'plenty of time' to consider a move might actually be considered blitz to better chess players.
Hello again USArmyParatrooper!
Why do you get crushed in Correspondence chess?
For starters, you have to look at what players play blitz. I dont, because I am a terrible chess player, so from that perspective the people who play blitz are:
a) People trying out new tactics/ideas and want to get as much experience to reactions as quickly as possible
b) Players who are new and want to sink their teeth into the game as quickly as possible
c) People who are in group (a), but who are very good at chess.
This means that the people who usually play correspondence chess are trying to get as much out of the game as possible. This either means that they are trying either:
a) Trying to see what you are doing
b) Trying to see what they are doing
c) Trying to hide what they are doing from you
or the ever popular:
d) Pushing pieces around the board
If they are not doing (d), then the game becomes more about projection and deception. Given enough time a good player will see almost all the deceptions, but the not-so-good player will only see the projections
edit🙁sorry about the bullet point lists, I just love a,b,c lists!)