Well I have to say I like the 3 mins. + 2 secs. time controls.
It helps to avoid time trouble.
I would prefer seeing games with longer time controls like more minutes, but not seeing the increment time go over 5 seconds. If that increment time is too high, it's much to easy to increase the clock time and the game drags out.
If a 3 minute + 2 second per move is ruffly a 5 minute game ...
Is 8 mins + 2 secs ruffly a 10 minute game? And is 23 mins + 2 secs ruffly a 25 minute game?
If the total move window is between 40 to 60 moves, then 40 moves = 80 seconds and 60 move = 120 seconds
So if we had a clock set for 23 minutes + 2 seconds I think it would be ruffly just under a 25 minute game?
Is there an actual formula for this increment time conversion?
Yes, there's a formula.
If you hover over play and click create a game and play around with the time sliders, the shortest blitz game with no increment is 3 minutes.
If you move the minute slider to 1 and the increment to 0, that's a bullet (it says that at the bottom of the window)
Then increase the increment until it turns to blitz, it does that at 3 seconds increment.
So 3 minutes - 1 minutes = 120 seconds / 3 = 40.
ie the increment is multiplied by 40 and added to the minutes to work out what rating the game falls under.
It looks like 3 + 7 is blitz, 3 + 8 is rapid.
I started reading about tie-breaks ...
OTB tie-breaks start at 25 minutes + 10 seconds.
Then they move onto 5 minutes + 3 seconds games.
And if that did not do the trick, the Armageddon (sudden death games) are played with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for black. After 60 moves both players would get the increment time of +3 seconds per future moves. White must win, because a draw is a win for black. I don't think this type of time control exists on Lichess.
I guess OTB chess players should be at ease with these types of time controls. I've never had to play an Armageddon tie-breaker. It looks similar to a berserk setting.
I think I should start practicing these time controls.
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