Adjournment: Relic of the Past

Dec 23, 2009, 9:00 PM |

Anyone here remember adjournments?  My chess career started near the end of those days, but I did get to experience a handful before they went away forever.  What I really liked about adjournments is that I had at least a shot at really understanding what was going on in a position.  With all the time in the world and without a ticking clock, chess is a different game.  As in correspondence chess, we have a slightly better chance of getting to chess truth during an adjournment than we do "over-the-board."  Of course, adjournment is still a different animal from correspondence as in adjournment we're preparing to go back to battle "over-the-board" (good memory is helpful) and we're free to use computer analysis during the adjournment period.  Adjournments have gone the way of daytime World Series games, but, being a tad of a sentimentalist, I miss them.  

From the Queens Chess Club's 1999 Futurity, here's a game with the last adjourned position I'll ever have.  I had four days to analyze the position after Move 42 before resumption and ended up eating some meals with my chessboard in front of me.  Forgive the lengthy analysis at that point, but, as I said, I had four days to contemplate. 

 And so my four days were spent analyzing possibilities that never happened.  You know, I think I don't miss adjournments so much after all.