Originally posted by Kewpie
I played in one of those 0/21 tourneys and found it an angst-ridden experience, even to the point where I couldn't sleep properly and had to get up in the night to make moves. Decided I'd never enter a 0/21 ever again. I'm in a location where 95% of my opponents are making moves during my normal sleeping hours, which probably explains the extra stress.
I have played in these types of tournaments 3 or 4 times.
I think it is very easy to get overwhelmed, but there are some simple approaches to make life a little easier.
a) you have 40 games to play simultaneously so don't enter one unless you have a reasonable amount of free time. At 40 moves a game say, that is 1600 moves you have to make. A lot of games are over before 40 moves anyway.
b) Probably 2 or 3 of the players are going to resign/stop playing early on.
They will be even more overwhelmed than you are, and give up. They will lose all their games on timeout
This is like a 10% reduction in game load
c) I would stop worrying about time zones and "beating" the time on the opponent clock. You are worrying about the wrong thing. You should be trying to make good chess moves in the time you have.
d) Let's say you are playing against someone who never sleeps, so its your clock that is always counting down. That makes the game 21 days.
For a 40 move game, this is 2 moves per day. It is not so much.
Say once in the morning and once in the evening
e) Let's say you are playing against someone who plays twice per day but you are always counting down their clock. You will still have to make the same 40 moves before they time out
f) and then how about if you and your opponent are not clock watching and just play, so you may be able to use most of the 40 days so its 1 move a day
So a simple approach might be:
Try and make at least 2 moves per day of your elapsed time
There are some other ideas about targeting specific players or faster players in order to have games at different stages (rather than all beginning / middle / end).
I would be interested in what other people have tried.