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I don't know if this question is irrelevant or not but I will ask any way!
I was wondering , during a chess game which pieces do you spend most of your time looking at? Yours or your opponent's? What are the percentages (50/50, 60/40, 80/20 ...)?
When I play I feel as if I spend most of my time looking at my own pieces. Also, watching many players playing the game it seems as if they spend most of their time looking at their pieces as well. Maybe that's obvious since a player can only move his own pieces on the board...focusing on all the possibilities he has.
Share your thoughts about this and tell us what you think.
The only time this question would be relevant to me would be during kriegspiel...
Some players spend very few time looking at the board less than others.
Probably my opponent's 70|30, but that's a really rough estimate.
Pawns, both mine and my opponent's.
Ivanchuk has a strange habit of staring up at the ceiling.
I spend the most time looking at the flaws in the chess board. This is a serious disadvantage of being a woodworker trying to play a winning game upon one of his own creations. After I'm done studying the square that isn't quite square, and the little spot where I planed the board too thin and started to expose a dowel, and the spot where I cut the frame wrong and had to fake it, I spend the most time looking at the black pieces, because rosewood is gorgeous.
After all that, I finally see how I'm about to be mated in two. Oh well. At least I lose in fine style.
In all seriousness, I spend too much time studying my own pieces, and planning my next move, while not spending nearly enough time evaluating what my opponent has in store for me.
The ones that are most critical to the up coming part of the game...
Depends on who has more options and if it's a forcing line or not :)
Usually look at things in groups, so I'll look at pawns, and think about them, or minor pieces, the area around each king, a side of the board, the center, the backrank etc. depending on the position.
I tend to look at my opponent's pieces more. Probably about 60|40. If my opponent is a pretty gal, then the ratio would be 30 (opponent's pieces)|10 (mine)|60 (looking at my opponent)
I am surprised by all the attention to the opponents pieces. Maybe I have been missing out on something.
I always look at my pieces.
...at least if there are still any...
One of my greatest faults - too much time spent on what I am doing or intending to do and far too little watching my opponent's pieces and trying to work out what is in his/her mind and trying to work out what they are going to do next.
This I know, putting it right is another thing altogether!
Same here (unless there's something cute elsewhere in the room).
During opening, about 50/50.
During middlegame, about 70 opponents/30 mine.
During endgame, about 40 opponents/ 60 mine.
My opponent's pieces, especially his pawns.
The last piece my opponent moved.
55 mine/45 opponents
Intersting comment it reflects some experience. It seems logical to me. I think it depends also on how much time you have; a shorter game (ex: 1 or 3min Blitz) forces you to pay more attention to your opponent's part of the board. I think
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