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axedrez 144 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess! As most of you probably know, Mike closed down the social and flamewar forums. Therefore, chess will be the hot topic of debate instead of politics or religion.

Chess is what binds us together. We may have different backgrounds, opinions, and lives, but we all have one thing in common, [chess]. Let us alleviate the anguish caused by the heated and profane arguments in the social forums. Gameknot is probably one of the most diverse groups of people, ranging from eight-year-olds to eighty-year-olds, Atheists to Muslims, Americans to Anti-Americans, etc...There is no way someone will not be offended by almost all biased posts. But, for the angry flame-warriors, hold the disgruntled antagonism in abeyance until we atleast give this a try. I am not saying that this is a permanent fix to the persistent issue. Merely, I am proposing that we give solely talking about chess a chance. Who knows? Maybe it will be much better this way.

Well, indeed this is the chess forum, so I will be the first to commence. What do you think is the BEST time controls for a beginner who wants to improve his/her standard play? Also, do you think blitz chess helps? Lastly, what do you do when you get lazy and tired at the end of games. Take five minutes and walk around? This is due, frankly, because I have a definete trouble in having the stamina to keep my brain alive the whole game.



indiana-jay 121 ( +1 | -1 )
One could be good at fast chess but bad at slow chess, or vice versa. The more you think, the better or the more you learn. I think the longer time control is better (as long as you have something to think of). The optimum I think is set by the objective. If I want to participate in competitions where time controls are set for 2 hours/40 moves, I will prefer this control.

But we will also need to learn how to manage the clock. There are situations where we don’t need to analyze all the possibilities. There are situations where we can successfully “steal” opponent’s time. The idea is that we can use the clock to beat the opponent.

I’m not a pro, but I saw many players paused a game and walked around or smoking. If having the brain alive is the objective, I will go “out” and take some oxygen. Having the blood flowing to your brain is the whole idea. There are easy ways to do this like in meditation.

There is a situation where we are faced or stuck with some unresolved critical move options. It is a move that can lead to a victory or to a lost. Re-thinking after a break (even a minute) may give you new views of the position or situation.
novacane 36 ( +1 | -1 )
"What do you think is the BEST time controls for a beginner who wants to improve his/her standard play?"

Speaking from my own experience (and I'm not very good at chess), five 30-minutes-each games helped me more than 100 5 minute blitz games. That said, I usually play 10 minute blitz games, maybe that's why i'm not progressing.
zdrak 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Usually 60 minutes per game is noted by most coaches as the best time-control for improvement.

More than that, and it's impossible for an average amature to find the time to play a reasonable amount of games. Less than that, and the games lose their meaning.