A few days ago my son was playing an online game in which his opponent suddenly stopped moving. He then waited 15(!) minutes for the guy’s time to run out before gleefully claiming the win.
I pointed out that this wasn’t a ‘real’ win because it wasn’t actually achieved with chess moves and that maybe his opponent had to answer the phone or look after a baby. But Sam replied that he should have found time when he wouldn’t be disturbed.
This, of course, is easier said than done. The demands of modern life leave little time for self cultivation activities such as chess unless we adopt a deliberate policy to work less rather than earn more.
Are there any tips I can offer on finding time for chess? Well the most important aspect must be arranging one’s family life so that there is at least some undisturbed time for playing on the internet. As for going away to tournaments we’re talking about a very different level of commitment and possibly quite high powered negotiations! Can I offer some ammunition?
Well Benjamin Franklin’s The Morals Of Chess suggested that the game helps with certain character traits, namely foresight, circumspection and caution. And if all else fails one can claim that it helps to ward off senility!