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I like this video. Simple ed effective..
A great insight into GM thought-process and it's quite reasurring to me, still around 250-300 Elo off expert-level that even the pro's miss seemingly obvious moves because of time management. Great video
Kolob68, very good rule of thumb to follow indeed. When I played in school I used to spend too much time on moves. Better to give yourself a time limit for sanity.
PureJay, thanks for your thoughts. I agree with what you said. However I think it is very tempting to rush through the opening and then get into trouble - it's happened a lot to me. In my personal experience I lost most games because of bad moves made in the opening. Not because I didn't know the lines, but exactly because my opponents strayed from the lines. It forces you to think sharp and tactical right from the start, whereas I personally prefer to be positional early on and only get tactical later (d4 player, no surprise here), when I already (hopefully) have some advantage.
Good video. I definitely agree one should not waste all his time in the opening. Another rule I follow is I give myself about a 15 minute time limit on any move. If I cant figure it out in 15 minutes then the position is probably too com;icated for me and I just make the best move I can. If I lose the game, I can study the position later without losing my sanity.
Thanks for the video! I (club player) play a lot of Game /30 (delay 5) where we have 30 seconds per move (for a 60 move game...) instead of 3 minutes per move. Any tips on how to manage time in this category of games would be appreciated.
I think what GM Kaidanov means is that you shouldn't spend half your time getting a very small, positional, advantage from the opening to then just lose a piece in the middlegame due to time control.
He suggests to just try to get out of the opening with an equal or slightly worse position, and then allow yourself to take the time to win the game in the middlegame or endgame, where there's obviously more chances to exploit.
I must say I agree with him: it's rather useless spending half your time on the first 8-14 moves and let your opponent slaughter you in the middle game because you just didn't have the time to properly defend.
Thank you for the instructive analysis and interesting game!
Thanks for taking the time to make this video, GM Kaidanov! However I respectfully disagree when you propose that less time should be used in the opening stages of the game. This may be true at a high level, but I find that I lose most of my games because of bad moves in either the opening or early middle game. Most of my opponents stray from established lines very early on (we're mostly amateurs, after all). Ideally, of course, I should be able to deal with inferior opening moves that are not accepted by the best players, but many of us are not capable of that without having to spend a significant amount of time analyzing the situation. So my humble advice to players reading this is, at least do the opening right, it is really crucial. Best, WW
I love this video, especially the emphasis on time control and critical thinking when a game changing move is made. Many of us rush our moves and end up losing. Watch this video to help you slow down.
Great, instructive video!
very nice video! I remember watching this game during the 2nd round of Western Class Championship. What a fun game!
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