Free online Chess server. Play Chess now in a clean interface. No registration, no ads, no plugin required. Play Chess with the computer, friends or random opponents.
Play
Create a game Tournament Simultaneous exhibitions
Learn
Chess basics Puzzles Practice Coordinates Study Coaches
Watch
Lichess TV Current games Streamers Broadcasts (beta) Video library
Community
Players Teams Forum Questions & Answers
Tools
Analysis board Opening explorer Board editor Import game Advanced search
Sign in
Reconnecting
  1. Forum
  2. General Chess Discussion
  3. Why do people queue up for 15+15 and never use their time?

There are 2 reasons:
1 they are afraid of losing on time
2 they cannot control their impulses

I hate classical, because people take forever to think.

@extremegamer I wonder

1impulses are not meant to be controlled otherwise they would not be impulses
2the given time is for investigating and developing novelties and innovative ideas unlike the bullet format where people play pre meditated ideas or pre memorised moves and seldom have any new novelties or innovative ideas over the board thereby improving your skill to innovate over the borad in over the board situations.

@General-Advance

I would agree with you, but with a caveat to the statement "Most players do not cheat."

I would say "Most players who are not anonymous do not cheat." I have seen so many anonymous players cheat that I think it's gotta be like 50/50.

And as for the main topic of the thread:

Why do so many players play longer time controls and use little of that time?

When a game is starting most players can just blitz it out. Why think on an opening you know and like if you can go for it?

Then you get to the middle game and because people get used to playing blitz, and bullet. If you play a lot of bullet 15 minutes is a lot of time.

Many people have poor time management skills.

I like to think while using my opponents time too. If we are playing chess and you just thought for 2 minutes on 1 move then I get to use that time to think too, and I should not really need to use all that time.

Also, only about 20-30% of chess positions would it be of significant benefit to be thinking longer than just a short time.

Then lastly you get blowout games. Do I REALLY need to think very long if you have hung a piece for nothing?

it happens in other sites too. It's like my opponent is playing blitz instead of rapid or classic. I hardly ever find an opponent who use up all his time.

Plus when I play rapid games...let's say 15/10 or longer, I often got some questions in the chat like:

are you still there ?
are you gonna move ?
why are you taking so long? I am getting bored

so what I do now it's to disable the chat when I play slow games.

This happens OTB too, even Anand when he was young would play super fast on classical 90/30 time controls.

I literally memorize the common variations of the opening because the amount of games I do so I know the next response to my opponents moves, but if it is uncommon then I will think around 5 minutes calculating variations to do the best move/

The focus is on speed not on quality mostly. I prefer the latter though.

(I even consider all those online games as skirmishes and just training for „the real meat“ otb.)

This topic has been archived and can no longer be replied to.