Popular Time Control is G30/D5. What is the Best Time Management Strategy for Kids to Learn?

apotosaurus
SeniorPatzer wrote:

In my area the most common time control for scholastic tournaments is G30/D5 (Game in 30 minutes with a 5 second delay). 

 

What do you recommend kids to play and know in terms of factoring the clock into their chess play?

 

Sometimes I see kids play and finish games when they both had 20 minutes or more left on the clock.  It seems like the clock is freaking them out and they're treating it almost like a 5 minute blitz game.  

 

And I've also seen it where one or both sides get down to 5 minutes on their clock, and one or both players freak out, and they just start making moves like every 2 seconds (it seems) with arms and hands just flashing about, and then they are blundering everything away, and when the game is over, they still have like 3 minutes left on their clock.

 

What's the best way to teach players how to manage their clock time in a tournament with a G30/D5 time control?  Any rules of thumbs that you use?

 

What do you think of the following:

o  Spend no more than 10 minutes of clock time for your first 10 moves.  By move 10, you should still have 20 minutes or more on your clock.

o  Once you get down to 5 minutes on your clock, you can stop writing down your moves.

o  When it's your opponents turn to move, think on his clock time!  What you should think about is _____________.  

o  If you see a good move, sometimes you sit on your hands and try to find a better one.  If you feel a little time stressed, and you know it's a good move, and even though there might be a better one, go ahead and play your good move!

o  If it gets down to 5 minutes on your clock, you still have time!  You don't have to race and get possibly rattled.

o  If it gets down to 1 minute, you can still probably get in 30 moves or so.

 

Do you have tips to pass on to kids (and adults) for G30/d5 time management?

thanks that actually helps me a lot. i always get into time pressure in 90d5 and the bottom stuff about 5 min and 1 min help

NelsonMoore

30/45 would be classic chess though, and is intended to be. And yes they will play out the opening few moves quicker to reach a middle game then think. This is what I suggest should be the SLOWEST time control used in chess.

I have proposed also a 3-factor clock with a maximum time on any particular move. You could make it 5 minutes in classic chess, Maybe at 4 mins 30 seconds they would get a bleeped warning.

The reason I chose that time control was thinking about 40 moves (has always been a key point in timed chess) and wanting to set that to be 1 hour (which 30/45 is) and then 15 minutes for the next 20 moves. 

 

DeirdreSkye
NelsonMoore wrote:

30/45 would be classic chess though, and is intended to be. And yes they will play out the opening few moves quicker to reach a middle game then think. This is what I suggest should be the SLOWEST time control used in chess.

I have proposed also a 3-factor clock with a maximum time on any particular move. You could make it 5 minutes in classic chess, Maybe at 4 mins 30 seconds they would get a bleeped warning.

The reason I chose that time control was thinking about 40 moves (has always been a key point in timed chess) and wanting to set that to be 1 hour (which 30/45 is) and then 15 minutes for the next 20 moves. 

 

     

     5 minutes maximum thinking for a move? Is that what you suggest?

     5 minutes maximum thinking for a move? It can't be , I probably understood something wrong.

     

 

HolographWars

Sometime I think 15+ minutes on a move in otb

knighttour2

A 5 minute max is much too low.  If you're in the bathroom when your opponent moves you could flag or be forced to blitz a move when you get back to the board.

DeirdreSkye
HolographWars wrote:

Sometime I think 15+ minutes on a move in otb

Cheater!

HolographWars

I am 1761 otb u know

DeirdreSkye
HolographWars wrote:

I am 1761 otb u know

I was kidding man because you said that you think 15 minutes and NelsonMoore wants to make it 5 minutes.

For Moore's standards you are a time cheater.