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I am going to a big tournament in February, and there will be a standard time control. The problem is, I just can't think for 3 minutes on a move. I doh't know how people can think for that long. I tried practicing slow games, but I found I only use 5 minutes per game or so. HELP!
My problem is the reverse. I am always in time trouble. I don't know how players can play high quality chess and use almost zero time on their clock. One fellah I know, Chol, is like an engine, I have seen him play 60+10 minute matches where he has more time on his clock than when he started... and he wins convincingly. Annoys the hell out of me!
I had that problem too going to standard from blitz. one thing that I did was I forced myself to spend at least 30 seconds on every move but the first 2(1. d4 and 2. c4 are pretty obvious to me) and during those 30 seconds, both look for other reasonable moves and calculate continuations for my main candidate move. If you're trying to decide between several good looking candidate moves, you will find you use more time than if you're just calculating what you already assumed to be the best move.
I'm also having this problem transitioning from bullet to slow games which is an insane step. I find 5 minutes is enough time for a stale position but highly complex positions I'll need 15 or more minutes but when I play 45 45 games, I lose patience and find it difficult to find the best moves and often get smashed right out of the opening. Just the other day, I was exhausted just spectating the Berkeley International Chess tournament at around 4PM and I arrived at 2 with the day beginning at 11AM so some people were still playing after 5 hours!
If you work on Chess Mentor and Tactics Trainer, you'll realize how much there is to look at in every position as some problems in Chess Mentor and Tactics Trainer can easily use up the whole time in a 5 minute game.
Right now, I'm trying to play 15 minute games well before I progress to 45 45 which is still a long stretch from 120 30 (not sure what standard tournament games take).
Thanks! I'll try to utilize your suggestions, and hopefully that will improve my time management. By the way, I think I put this topic into the wrong forum
I wish I had your problem!
In my club I'll do fine in 5-10 min games, top 3 in my recent tournaments, but I'm getting in timetrouble when I play 90min-40moves +30min on the rest!
Losing on time against players I beat in blitz!
I need to do something with my timemanagement.
I could easy spend 60min on one move!
sit on your hands ! that will stop you from making a move too quickly.
This task takes more than 5 min! This is the difference between blitz and long games, the quality of the game!
Though I found the next move, no doubt I would have messed up the continuation...which is why I don't get invited to Wijk aan Zee.
Check out Dan Heisman's Novice Nook column. He has a few articles on time management.
I've also had this problem! What really helped me on longer games was to really take time to understand exactly why did your opponent make that exact move he did and possibly calculate your opponent's continuation. This give's you a chance to blunt some of your opponents tactics while you still are in solid position ready to strike.
To be honest with you. Im also quite new with chess, so feel free to correct me and give your own opinions about what I said.
to jayzetar, your comments was pretty good, got the right ideas.
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