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Do you take 1 look at the board and then move instantly? Do you analyze 15 moves deep and move after a few hours of thought? How should people play CC?
Use databases and opening books to help you choose lines that will lead to middle games that you are strongest in. After you get out of the opening theory, I spend time looking hard at my position and what I feel needs to be done. Then I flip the board and do the same from my opponents view. I try to figure out what plans he might have. Then I will use the analysis board for deeper analyzation of all candidate moves I feel are the best.
Instant moves for the win!
I usually think until I have an headache, then I take a break (do some work for example, or cook dinner), and then I think again until I get an headache. This may repeat several times...
Sometimes I move instantly though (and drop a queen or overlook #1 or something).
Seem to be a number of responses. The players who would rather be playing blitz or bullet only their internet connections are too shaky play quick and expect you to do the same. Lot's of folks have this "sleep on it rule" that goes for serious calculation. Some go even further and set up multiple chessboards throughout the house to keep track of the primary move candidates and their consequence. Not being a cellphone/tablet fan I have no personal knowledge of this but I'm told some with hundreds of games cycle through them during the day as an amusement. And then we have the utter perfectionist whose goal is to be partner in a creation of masterpiece. Do not expect games to proceed in other than an orderly (and ordered) manner. Yep, we're all crazy for chess in our own way.
I play Online Chess because you can do it at home and do not need to belong to a club or go around chasing opponents- (I am not to far away from the "other side of rhe fence").
If I am in the mood of "learning" chess, then I might look at books, database and such. . . opponent will not wait more than a couple of days. If I am in the mood of "playing" chess then I try to respond promptly..
I play online chess just like I play normal chess, except I try to think more.
If I can't see what to do, I come back later.
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