How to Avoid Blunders. Part 4
The kind of blunders we are going to discuss today is by far the most popular one. There is no chess player who has never experienced this kind of blunder.
4.) Blunders due to time trouble
I bet you can immediately remember the painful blunders you committed when you didn't have time to think about your moves since your only objective at that time was just to play any move and avoid a time forfeit.
The list of games lost due to time trouble is really endless. So here are just two examples of blunders made by extremely strong chess players in time trouble:
- Chess is all about making decisions. So, when you are not completely sure about your idea, learn to trust your intuition more. I read somewhere a humorous, but very wise saying of Emmanuel Lasker: "make your mistakes with conviction". If you avoid time trouble by playing faster than usual, then you may or may not make a mistake. In time trouble you will make a mistake for sure!
- Use your opponent's time! Sounds obvious, but most of chess players prefer to walk around playing area analysing somebody else's position instead of his/her own game!
- Prepare your openings! Besides an obvious benefit of playing good moves in a theoretical position, you'll also save some time on your clock in the opening!