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

Hey Champions!

We have this topic in our Blog.
If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here. 


Abhi yadav

Abhi yadav 1 month 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. 

Llorenç Boldú Zabih

Llorenç Boldú Zabih 1 month ago

I prefer 15+10
Kevin Sun

Kevin Sun 1 month 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 month 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. 
amit mishra

amit mishra 1 month ago

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

Hunan Rostomyan 1 month 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.)

Mbongeni Adontsi

Mbongeni Adontsi 1 month 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 
Jyotisko Sengupta

Jyotisko Sengupta 1 month ago

I like 5+3 too! 

Can we have this time on our Sunday tournaments?

skipper chess

skipper chess 1 month ago


Sergio Carrera

Sergio Carrera 1 month ago

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

Kevin Sun 1 month ago


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

The tournament starts at 10am PDT each Sunday.

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 month ago

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

Jyotisko Sengupta 1 month ago

Yes Sir!
Ramón Jessurun

Ramón Jessurun 1 month 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 4 weeks ago

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

Sergio Carrera 2 weeks 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