Posted by Jon, Chess Parent/Junior Coach on November 03, 1997 at 14:51:23:
In Reply to: Ways to speed up posted by Jennie Frenklakh on October 27, 1997 at 16:54:02:
Play practice-games (all the time/especially in the run-up to a tournament) with a worse/harder time-control... This works with my students. (Admittedly, the majority of our tournaments are 30-mins-on-the-clock-each, but the principle is the same: we play 20-mins-on-the-clock each practice sessions.) The sessions have to be 'serious', against appropriate opponents in match-type conditions. There is the double benefit of more experience of time trouble (therefore more skill at handling it) and the practical/psychological advantage of playing tournaments with 'easier' time-controls.
A spin on this is to agree to play these practice games with set opening sequences, so that the early part of the games can be played quicker and one has more complex situations (generally speaking) to deal with under time-pressure.
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