Time Management in Chess - Regina Theissl-Pokoma

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We’ve all experienced the evils of time trouble in our chess life. Time is ticking, panic is rising, and we make moves that we wouldn’t consider if we had more time on our clock. From winning to losing – all our effort is wasted because we couldn’t manage our time more efficiently. What is worse – we keep repeating this mistake over and over again.

Time trouble is one of the most common chess player bad habits. One can’t really avoid spending time on complicated positions, but they are not the only issue. There are other factors, like insufficient opening preparation, perfectionism, missing self-confidence, etc. In this video course, I’d like to assist you with handling time management during your game. How to avoid it, and how to react when you’ve no other choice. I’ve organized this course into 2 parts. In the first part I focus on the methods and techniques that will help you to avoid time trouble, such as: strict opening repertoire, using chess intuition wisely, identifying critical moments, deciding between several possible moves, prophylactic thinking and how to avoid perfectionism in chess. In the second part, the focus lies on the moments in time trouble. How players of different strength and experience solve their problems at the board, but also why many of them (incl. strong grandmasters) failed. I cover topics like: looking for chances in a worse position and finding the best ways out of it; how and why to keep emotions under the control; complicated and complex positions; why to be cautious with the changes in a pawn structure in time trouble; and when and if to convert positions into (pawn) endgames.

  • Video running time: 7 h 20 minutes
  • Interactive training including video feedback
  • Extra: Best practice PD

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Windows 10 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, (DVD-ROM drive), Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, (DVD-ROM drive) and internet access for program activation.

only available as download! Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

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