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 | 6464 Votes | 23 Comments


  • 23 months ago


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

  • 2 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    I love chess!

  • 4 years ago


    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

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    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

  • 4 years ago


    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

  • 4 years ago


    thats what i play in tournies

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


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

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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    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?

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

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