Loosing on Time

Jun 23, 2011, 10:26 PM |

Loosing on time is not just loosing to me. I lost whether or not my opponent outsmarted me or not. I lost to myself for spacing out or over thinking. I do not mind loosing to other opponents. Even if I feel I ought to have won, clearly not having won taught me something. But loosing to time is another area all together. I do not often loose on time except now that I have been playing correspondence chess only one of my games ended not due to one party running out of time.

When you loose to an opponent my checkmate or even a draw you have definitely learned something. But when you resign, win by a mile, or loose on time you learn so much less. If you resign you have assumed that your opponent won't make a mistake in the end game, which is a mistake on your part. Never resign because it is bound to happen at least once that the game will turn around. 

If you absolutely cream your opponent all you get is an ego boost, but how big of a boost can you get from playing opponents that aren't difficult enough?

And then there is the dreaded loosing on time. This I loath most of all as it is difficult to control and infuriating when you see it happening to you. You can always choose not to resign and playing an opponent with a lower rating could be used to teach them at least. But loosing on time. This I loath. Because by loosing on time I have lost to my own mind. Never mind how good my opponent was, in the end over thinking, wandering attention, and real life interruptions beat my opponent to beating me.

Timing a game is beneficial as it keeps the game moving on both sides and encourages quicker processing. I do not bear any disdain for the clock, merely for myself for succumbing to time which I theorize may or may not even exist.