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What's your preferred time control for casual Offline/OTB games?

What's your preferred time control for casual Offline/OTB games?

  • None! No clock required for a friendly game.
  • 3 mins. or less per side! Blitz all the way!
  • 4-10 mins per side. Rapid play keeps it interesting.
  • 11-20 minutes - fast but not crazy-fast!
  • 21-30 minutes allows for an interesting game.
  • 31-60 minutes, or it's not real chess!
  • 61-120+ minutes, just like real tournament play.
  • I don't play offline!

Created on November 17, 2011 | 6373 Votes | 23 Comments

Comments


  • 8 months ago

    Oonland

    Anything fast (less than 10 minute time control) and you can count me out.

  • 10 months ago

    tigbench

    It depends on my opponent, for there are some people that I would like to play a more friendly untimed game, but in many cases I like to play 11-20 per side. I enjoy 21-30 minute games to get a high quality game, and I have time to take notations.

  • 17 months ago

    dogs10099

    i like 40/2 sd/1 d5 or 40 moves for 3 hours sudden death 1 hour delay 5 sec

  • 3 years ago

    NinjaKnight2002

    I love chess!

  • 3 years ago

    Nicholas898

    Well, I dont know about you, but I love chess altogether, although I'm not too good, I'm getting there, so, blits is cool, but that doesnt leave too much time to be creative. Its also giving me less presure. Either way, I love chessSmile

  • 3 years ago

    jtt96

    I voted for 4-10 minutes, but I also enjoy 1-3 minutes to mix things up and get my brain going. I'm also usually willing to play w/out a clock if my friend doesn't want to use the clock.

  • 3 years ago

    qader22

    my chass is err what can i do with it ?out there any body plz

  • 3 years ago

    TRON84NH

    why be a [EXPLITIVE] to your friend with a clock? Just enjoy the game and trash talk to his face and get in his mind. You dont need to rattle his cage any more with a clock on top of it

  • 3 years ago

    atomicaugust

    Playing friendly games on the board without clock is the best way to lose friends. When i want to play without time control i go for correspondance-like games.

    One time control i like for friendly games is the one called "hourglass" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_control ) : it's really fun the way you can put time pressure on your opponent. It may be a good time control to implement on chess.com

  • 3 years ago

    christianwhite

    thats what i play in tournies

  • 3 years ago

    CurbYourEnthusiasm

    A blitz is great- I play them all the time- but it has it's own name being it's own thing.

    Clocks are great, if that's the game we both want to play.

    As a 'beginner' some of my favorite games are had via non-timed 'correspondence' chess.  These are the games that allow for proper study of the game while playing- hence, real improvement.  Plus, it's casual sporting fun.

    Blitz is great for pressure performance practice.

  • 3 years ago

    gimmewuchagot

    None! No clock required for a friendly game. (36%)

    dam, you gotta be able to play blitz! dats the point of chess! jk :P 

  • 3 years ago

    aanker

    I only play no clock, casual, friendly games, mostly OTB or correspondence.

  • 3 years ago

    andrewhoyer

    There's a simple reason the "no clock" option has the most votes: Most people don't have a clock!  Buying a clock is usually a step taken only when a player starts participating in tournaments, or plays in a club.

    If you consider that 6% don't even play offline, of those that do, what percentage a) play in tournaments / clubs, or b) have friends or family playing casual chess seriously enough to use a clock?

  • 3 years ago

    NightHawk0085

    This was a tough poll to answer for me, because I'll play at almost any time control. I actually like to vary the time control in casual chess. It's fun to mix G/20 with blitz, with a 1-2 minute game every now and then! I voted 4-10 mins.

  • 3 years ago

    alec40

    At least 30-60 minutes with clock I don't play too much blitz.

  • 3 years ago

    TheDodoBird

    when I play OTB I like to enjoy playing chess with the person and take my time

  • 3 years ago

    panskliros

    We play as long as it gets. We also often analyse positions and variations so it takes time.

  • 3 years ago

    Frankdawg

    I have never played a game of chess in real life where a clock was used.

  • 3 years ago

    Vampyroteuthis

    What about a box for "I don't play causal offline!"  Tongue out

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