Do players change pace as a tactic?

bunchofflowers
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MitSud
Ummm no... nobody wastes time just to throw u off guard
daxypoo
there are usually times in each phase- opening, middle, and endgame where i will take 5min+ on a position in a 30 min game

and usually use most of the rest of the clock in the rest of the game in a well matched game

and if my opponent is taking more time than previously then maybe i got him stumped; it rarely happens for me but, dang, it's a nice luxury to get ahead on the clock for once

i have people abandon or worse- milk out 25minutes of clock when they blunder and i will wait them out; this usually happens when my ipad battery is at 2% and goes dead then i have to frantically reconnect on iphone to not autoresign myself but i think you are talking about something else

what time control are you talking about?
bunchofflowers
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rterhart

I think deliberate slow playing to trick your opponent into thinking you're unsure of what you're doing or distracted, is a perfectly legitimate tactic.

The other day, I played the Fritz variation (a counter to the Fried Liver Attack) but I played the knight move so quickly, that my opponent thought for a long time and didn't continue his attack. Maybe he just didn't see how to continue, but maybe he smelled a rat: "he moves so quickly, he's up to something. I don't know what, but I'm not falling for it." Now I'm thinking that if I had played more slowly, perhaps my opponent would think I don't know what I'm doing and he would have fallen for the trap.

 

But yes, sometimes the phone rings, or the doorbell, or I need to go pee.

anotherluckypawn

rterhart wrote:

I think deliberate slow playing to trick your opponent into thinking you're unsure of what you're doing or distracted, is a perfectly legitimate tactic.

The other day, I played the Fritz variation (a counter to the Fried Liver Attack) but I played the knight move so quickly, that my opponent thought for a long time and didn't continue his attack. Maybe he just didn't see how to continue, but maybe he smelled a rat: "he moves so quickly, he's up to something. I don't know what, but I'm not falling for it." Now I'm thinking that if I had played more slowly, perhaps my opponent would think I don't know what I'm doing and he would have fallen for the trap.

 

But yes, sometimes the phone rings, or the doorbell, or I need to go pee.

i concur. however, there's a number of sore losers (who happen to have a lot of time at their hands) who will simply wait for the game to time-out once they realize they dont have a chance in winning. they're punishing you that way, cause you have to stare at the screen and wait for that move to happen. and, sometimes they'll sucker-move 10 seconds before the end of their time, hoping you took off to do something in the meantime. during that whole time, they're either watching porn or playing another game somewhere.