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NEW ARTICLE: Chess Time Controls: Which is Best Suited to You?

Hey Champions!

We have this topic in our Blog.
https://chessmood.com/blog/what-chess-time-control-to-choose
If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here. 

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Abhi yadav

Abhi yadav 1 year ago

coach loved it. I will make a new account on lichess so i will play only training games like this and for the main account I keep my ratings. I am a player who wanna keep both ratings and game. so I will use new account for training 5 min + 3 sec increment time control and old account is just for rating and rare games. Another point is that I can't play freely when i play with my normal account. I feel worried about rating and losing so for that Dummy Account is best and useful for my chess skills.

thanks for the lesson. 

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I prefer 15+10
Kevin Sun

Kevin Sun 1 year ago

yes, i like g5/3 as you recommended in the article much better than g3.

Can we change chessmood Sunday tournaments from g3 to g5/3? 

Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 1 year ago

Before reading this article, I had no idea which time control suited to me. I used to play mostly blitz and rapid 3 to 15 minutes but without increment. Now I will switch to 3+2, 5+3, and 15+10. 
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amit mishra

amit mishra 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing excellent article !!.I learned a lot.  
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Hunan Rostomyan

Hunan Rostomyan 1 year ago

Very helpful article, thank you coach. The most important part was Dr. Grigoryan's advice, "concentrate on becoming a better chess player, and your rating will follow". It sets the focus on the right thing.

(As for me, I play 15+10, but even that's fast for me.)

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Mbongeni Adontsi

Mbongeni Adontsi 1 year ago

Before reading this article I preferred 10+0 time control. Now I am going to try 5+3. I am more concerned about improving my game than I am about just having fun 
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Jyotisko Sengupta

Jyotisko Sengupta 1 year ago

I like 5+3 too! 

Can we have this time on our Sunday tournaments?

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skipper chess

skipper chess 1 year ago

+1!

Sergio Carrera

Sergio Carrera 1 year ago

I think I do not know about these Sunday tournaments. May I have more info? Thank you guys
Kevin Sun

Kevin Sun 1 year ago

@Sergio_Carrera

Join this club:  https://www.chess.com/club/chessmood

The tournament starts at 10am PDT each Sunday.

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 year ago

Okay, it seems many want 5+3 control on Sunday tournaments. 
Let us think about it :) 
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Jyotisko Sengupta

Jyotisko Sengupta 1 year ago

Yes Sir!
Ramón Jessurun

Ramón Jessurun 1 year ago

Hi Maestro, great article. I've been playing some 5+3 games as you recommend, and I will keep doing that, especially for practicing the chessmood openings. That said, I also quite like 10+0, which I've always believed might help me in OTB rapid tournaments, of which there used to be a lot in my region (i.e. before the coronavirus), usually 30+0, so no increment, meaning that time management becomes more important. What do you think of online 10+0 games? OK or too slow?
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 year ago

10+0 is ok, I would recommend always to play with increment. Maybe 10+1? :) 
Sergio Carrera

Sergio Carrera 1 year ago

Following GM Avetik advice, I have stopped playing 10+0 and 30+0 games. Now I play 5+3 for blitz games and 15+10 for rapid games. I am happy with the change as it allows me to train and improve in winning "winning position" as he recommends

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Sidharth Sreekumar

Sidharth Sreekumar 8 months ago

Sir, if our purpose is both improving your game and practicing the new opening reportoire, is it good to play 60+0. 
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 8 months ago

I would recommend 5+3. 
You would be able to play more games and fix more mistakes. 
Sidharth Sreekumar

Sidharth Sreekumar 7 months ago

Thank you sir!
David Flynn

David Flynn 7 months ago

Is there just one suitable one time control?

I can't play faster than 5 0 and I lose a number of games with 0 inc, so 5 3 is about as slow as I like to play. If people didn't play nonsense at 1 0 I'd play that just to get through a lot of opening lines. Blitz I'm generally looking to practice openings rather than anything too serious and fills odd moments. I will blunder quite a bit at this speed as I'm relying on instant judgements and not always aware of lurking problems. I think Chessmood puts far too much emphasis on blitz.

15 0 is a good speed to practice a bit of thinking, but the game itself doesn't last too long so it can be played once a day (when time allows).

30 0 I don't play online, but is good over the board for a tournament that lasts one day.

45 15, 60 15 are good online time controls for long play

My preference for over the board chess though is 40 moves in 2 hrs, 1 hr finish. I think league speed of 35 moves in 1 hr 15, 15 minutes finish, or 60 10 means players become weak in their endgames.