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 untateve07-Feb-10, 08:14

Question about Time Controls in OTB Tourneys
Please pardon my ignorance but I've never played with a chess clock in an OTB Tourney (I've never played in an OTB Tourney).

There is a chess club near where I live and they have regular OTB tourneys and the time is listed as: 4-SS, G/120

I understand that "SS" is for the Swiss System and I generally understand how that works. My question has to do with G/120--Does this mean that each player is allotted 120 minutes for the game or that the entire game will last only 120 minutes (each player is given 60 minutes to make their moves)?
 chess_avenger07-Feb-10, 09:28

otb time controls
i believe g/120 means 120 minutes given to each player.
 tactical_abyss07-Feb-10, 10:21

yes,G/120 follows a standard average time setting in OTB play of two hour limit for EACH player.So if a game has an average of say,50 moves that means that you can average 2.4 minutes a move and be ok....well,sort of.The trick of course,is to play as rapidly as possible in the opening...(hopefully a known opening for you)and then give yourself alot more than 2.4 minutes later on if you need it in complex tactical positions for other moves.
 untateve07-Feb-10, 12:35

Thanks for your responses. Much appreciated.
baronderkilt
08-Feb-10, 08:22

That ...
is really a very odd time control. The ramifications: It brings into play the "Sudden Death" time control rules for the entire game. Such as Insufficient Losing Chances draw claims, etc. Yet allows TD to know exactly how long each game can last. (Yet he is going to probably have finishes scattered all over the time of day. Yet me be in a position where many may happen at once, needing an asst. TD for that time.
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Anyway, for you as a first tmt player, I think the matter is this: It is difficult to adopt any time strategies against specific opponents. Due to this being plenty of time, and the fact you wont know any of them. So you just need to pace yourself.
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IMO, Strive for a rate of 30 to 60 moves the first hour and you should be fine. I would be personally aiming for about 40 moves in the hour and if I only went 30 from complications or trying hard to win from a favorable start, I'd have to speed up my rate a bit in the second hour, if I was not winning clearly. Plan to spend some extra time on whatever part of the game happens to be your strength. (Mine tends to the opening and middle game.)
G/L. Most of all have fun. Let us know how you do. And remember, there is going to be unfamiliarity to you, so if ever in doubt ... ASK THE TD. He will either tell you ... Or tell you if he Cannot Tell You. So that's gain. But he should be able to clarify any Rules Questions if you ask them right. But many things he cannot volunteer, unless you Ask. Or he would be interfering.
baronderkilt
08-Feb-10, 08:34

PS ...
T/A mentions fast opening. And actually we have a saying, "know your first 10 moves before you sit down". Where we differ is i think that may be a bit advanced for your first time, and not all your opps are going to be able to either. If you have your opening down pat from playing here, fine. But if you leave the book, don't be afraid to take some time looking for opp errors.
There will likely be many.
It is easy to get into a frame of mind that you are playing some sort of experienced tmt demi-gods your first event. So remember they are all human, and if they were not, they would be a GM. You wont face any GM's I promise you.
Even an Expert makes one large mistake every game (not a Blunder, but like a completely off the wall departure from strategy or such) ... and that is a POSTAL Expert. Anytime someone makes the first error, you ae playing to win
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Hey, PUNCH your CLOCK~!! (I would tell you Once, being a "new guy". But only once, and I am a really good sport. They don't have to tell you at all, and possibly won't. So I'm telling you Now!
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baronderkilt
08-Feb-10, 08:37

PPS ...
Apologies to any GM's but I meant you are not human "In a nice way"  )
Well, most of the time ...
ok, much of the time ...
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 tag115309-Feb-10, 20:05

welcome to otb
(and you thought this site was addicting)

PS - I don't care if it's my mom and we are playing on her birthday - I'm not telling ANYONE, EVER to punch their clock. This is one of (if not THE) main reason(s) that otb is so special. It's the literal heartbeat of the game. Helping your opponent to beat you is counter-productive to increasing your winning chances

PS2 - As an interesting note, about three years ago I was playing in a tourney against a much stronger player (I was 1400ish, he was 1800ish), and this guy was a real piece of work. He would literally smirk and laugh out loud at my moves, as well as snapping pieces and slamming them home. I'm talking a real no class opponent. After about 30 moves I was clearly losing. After 40 I was lost. He continues to look smug, lean back in his chair, wave and smile to others, and in general just **** me off. Then the most incredible thing happened - he made a strong move, then totally forgot to hit his clock. He evidently had just quit paying attention to me at all. I proceeded to put on such an Academy award winning performance of concentration, frustration, and unease that he just ate up. I did this for over 15 minutes. He never once looked at his clock. When his flag fell, I said "You lose. Good game." Man that was satisfying.
 chess_avenger09-Feb-10, 22:00

otb
tag,

depending on how I feel, sometimes i'll tell my opponent to hit the clock sometimes not.

as for the second part of your post thats quite amusing. opponent must have been mad.
 nugodog14-Feb-10, 20:37

HAHA
HAHA tag1153, sorry I just laughed out aloud when I read your post! Good on you! Best feeling to beat arrogant and big-headed people! well done!
baronderkilt
14-Feb-10, 20:56

FORGIVE him TAG !
bunta You've always seemed such a good fellow; what a thing to say about someone's Mom ~ !!
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}8-D))
 black_cat_hamlet16-Feb-10, 01:16

Nice!
The best part about it is, that guy had noone to blame but himself!