Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
On correspondence chess I have yet to beat someone rated in the 1600's. Should I be studying every position for 5-10 minutes each and every move?
There's no such thing as a 'normal' time, but I can tell you what I do:
- In the opening, if it's an opening I know, move immediately
- If I have a forced mate, move immediately
- Otherwise, use most, if not all, of the available time.
- *Never* move on the same day as your opponent moves.
- Always choose a candidate move, think about it for a few days, make sure you have good responses to all the likely moves your opponent will make. (Clearly, I don't get this step right every time
- If not, find another move.
YMMV of course, but that's what I do.