Now that I track my chess training, it’s easier to see on which topics I spend most of my time. Recently I noticed that I play a lot more serious, long games. This is a great thing as it is one of the proven ways to get better but I was surprised how well it works out.
I am playing regularely in the STTourney (time control is 1h for the whole game) facing at least 1 or 2 strong opponents (~ 1800 or higher) per month. Last Tuesday was round three, a weird variant in the Ruy Lopez. I defended very well for 19 moves until I played too quickly (a bad habbit from Blitz games), losing the exchange and later the game. This was really stupid and I must be aware of this when I have enough time left.
Carinthian Lower League
As member of the local chess club I will have another chance for a long game this Saturday – and when I say long, I mean looooong. Time controls are 2 hours for 40 moves and 1 more hour to finish the game. It looks like I will have White this time against an unrated player like myself.
I am member of the Chessmasters and I will play in the next Team4545League. This is another great chance for long, serious games, time control is 45min with 45sec increment from the first move.
ICC: long games
Even if there is no special event around, it’s possible to play against someone who is interested in long games. Of course there will be much more Blitz games but this is no excuse not to try to find an opponent. It’s important to treat such games seriously. When there is nothing at stake, it’s more likely to become lazy and to play some risky "let’s see" moves. Don’t! Time is precious and should be used as good as possible.
Question: how many longer games should be played? As many as possible or just 1 per week?