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doormat ♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Thinking time I play my chess in two UK leagues. In the Bolton League the time control is 30 moves in the hour, back 15 minutes for 15 moves and back 15 minutes for 15 more moves. In the Manchester League, the initial time control is 35 moves in an hour and a quarter etc.

My question is - why do some players on Gameknot need thinking times of around 6, 7 or 8 minutes
hennybogan1953 ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
BECAUSE 1. some of us are drinking beer as we are playing and we have to get up and go the bathroom.

2. some of us (me) are about as smart as a bag of hammers and need more time.

3. some of us are at work and doing other things.

philaretus ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Because.... ......this is turn-based chess. In any case, doormat, you're misinterpreting "thinking-time": it actually means nothing more than the time you spend with the board page open. The real thinking-time can be hours or even days.
doormat ♡ 14 ( +1 | -1 )
philaretus You are a better player than me. Please explain , why you need to keep the board page open for 17.8 minutes before you make a move.
calmrolfe ♡ 51 ( +1 | -1 )
Hi doormat We must be neighbours. I used to play in the Bolton League as well. My team was called Great Lever..are they still going ? They used to be quite a strong team though not as strong as Bolton, who had Jeff Horner playing as their No 1. He certainly whupped me good and proper when I played him.

If I can wangle time off for good behaviour from "She who must be obeyed" I will try and pop down to my local Chess Club and renew old aquaintances.....but only if they have got a bar !!

Kind regards,

doormat ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
calmrolfe Swinton Chess Club have a great bar!!! It must be some time since you played in the Bolton League _ I have not seen you - Great Lever are not as good as they were. Best wishes, pal.
philaretus ♡ 48 ( +1 | -1 )
doormat When I'm onsite, I often keep going back to look at the position in some of my games. The 17.8 minutes are presumably the total of all of these visits. But actually to ANALYSE the position I go away and get out my chessboard and pieces. I might not then return for several hours in order actually to make the move. I ran a thread on this problem some time ago, in which I argued that the expected waiting time for a move is:

Average time per move x number of active games
doormat ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
philaretus Thanks for explaining that. I can now now see why you are a pawn up against brunetti.