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One of the greatest advantages in chess is to have a material advantage. In fact though the purpose of a game is to checkmate the King, most strategies revolve around an accumulation of small advantages and trying to gain a material gain to achieve this goal. A material gain gives ballast to many other tactical opportunities. It therefore stands to reason that if hypothetically two identically matched opponents [clones if you like] vs. each other and one is has material deficit then he will eventually lose. A time advantage on the clock works in the same manner, it is advantage! A blitz game involving time restraints will be different to a correspondence game with generous time allowances. Invariably, the quality of play in a correspondence game will be of a higher standard. When two players enter a blitz game they know they not only have to beat each other but also beat the clock. What I find most annoying is those players that complain that they had a massive advantage in material and given extra time would have won the game. They also consider that the win by time was a not real win so to speak and therefore not earned.
Firstly, let me point out a few facts
1. The chess server determines the outcome of a game in regards to the rules of chess and time left on the clock thus determining the winner. It does not cheat.
2. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Queen, Rook, or whatever up on your opponent, if you used your allocated time up then you lose according to the rules of chess.
3. A player’s strategy in blitz maybe to play to a clock advantage disregarding piece safety etc. It is a risk they take considering that the advantage of time in that instance may be more beneficial than an advantage in material or position. So the fact that you may have lost on time though you had a winning position is irrelevant. You chose to think longer and paid the consequences.
Lastly, a win is win so get over it and look at own play instead. You may need to change your strategy or your style of play or even just don’t play blitz if you can’t handle a loss. You can never control what your opponent does but you can manage your own moves. Blitz can be a good equaliser. So to those who don’t like losing on time? I’ll say this, manage your time better, after all your opponent didn’t take it from you, you did!
Cheers and good play to all.
A lot of common sense in this comentary. The time is the king in chess.
man,that was a good one .Now have a look at my info
Modern chess, thanks to our ‘silicon friends’ Fritz, Houdini, and company, have advanced to a level that is never seen before!
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True, positional play and strategic understanding are still important. But…
- If you do NOT have a SHARP EYE for tactics
- If you do NOT have an EFFICIENT calculation technique
- If you do NOT have CRYSTAL-CLEAR visualization skills
…You will continuously get outclassed by players who are strong in these departments.
You will LOSE to a tactical oversight after playing 40 good moves game after game after game.
You will NOT realize your FULL chess potential.
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Sorry Anonymous012 but this forum is not the place to advertise your wares. I've had numerous discussions with different folk in regards to blitz chess etc and this article was to highlight some views in regards to the time factor in relation to a game. I suggest that if you have something to offer then contact the moderator of the site and get permission to place your advertisement in an appropriate location. In addition, it may help your cause to improve your own game first. Afterall, the old saying that says when you talk the talk your need to also walk the walk. At the moment I dont see much walking at this stage.
Anyway cheers mate and kind regards JKarpov.
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