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ninjalord 63 ( +1 | -1 )
Thinking time Hello all. What are some good exercises that will make ur thinking time quicker, when making plans in the game. When i sit down with someone and play, i find myself taking 1/2 hour or more per move. Unless of course they fall right into my plan. I don't mind thinking this long because i just keep seeing more possibilities, but if i were playing in a tournament i'd be in trouble...

I play alot of blitz and i'm just starting to try and play blindfolded. Do you think these are good ways to improve thinking time? Any other ideas?
spurtus 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Leading slightly OT perhaps... 'Thinking time'... make it quicker... haha... Do you think in words?... are you thinking in words now? Surely you need to 'step outside the box' to observe impartially and answer this, but when (as I find) I start talking out strategy in my mind I cant help but feel that this might not be the best method, especially for blitz!

Any thoughts? ;)
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ninjalord 41 ( +1 | -1 )
spurtus I think you have missed my point. I simply asked is there any exercises that will improve the time you take on making ur game plans (eg. chess puzzles, blindfold chess). Just wanted to here other peoples ideas and experiances that may help my game. No one can play chess thinking in words, it's a puzzle, a stratigic battle. So to answer ur question, no i'm not thinking in words.
muppyman 81 ( +1 | -1 )
Thinking time is governed, of course, by the type of game played. Perhaps one way to improve your thinking efficiency would be to play as many games as possible with an arbitrary time control. Most serious players seem to use as much time for thinking as they safely can, and even though many of their games seem to become a time scramble to reach the next time control, they usually make it there with a few seconds to spare. I think the trick is to spend the time finding a plan that will allow for much faster moves towards the end because you already know what to do at that stage without having to think. In short, the more we practice any skill, the better we become. Good fortune with your games.
ccmcacollister 34 ( +1 | -1 )
I think in words... when playing chess. Except in some analysis. Some analysis uses words to sign-post tree branches for recall.

You sould be able to play out the first 10 moves in your openings without thought. If a change in that strategy is called for vs some opponent. Figure it out before the came starts.
ninjalord 86 ( +1 | -1 )
ccmcacollister I'm not that good yet. I know what you mean though, using sign-post tree branches for recall. I do not know all the openings of the top of my head but i am studying them. I can probably play out the first 4-5 moves without thought. In the opening i try to bring my pieces out, slowly improving my postition, being aware of any immediate threat. Once i have memorised the openings (using tree branch analysis) and understand the openings i will be much quicker in my openings. Thanks for the idea of the tree branch analysis idea, i never looked at it this way and think it will help.

muppyman, i also agree with you. Concerntrating on 1 plan that will allow for a faster end game, instead of trying to think of every possibility. I supose, experiance will be the only way to know which plans to spend your thinking time on
oldhamer 11 ( +1 | -1 )
If you play over-the-board at a club, do you play 5 minute chess? That will get you moving quicker!