Finding Time For Chess

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!


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: