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Preface: When two players agree to play a timed game, they have agreed to take a loss if their timer ends before they can defeat their opponent. As such, time is a resource that affects every such match - time management should not be considered secondary to advantage on the board. Chess skill is not simply about being able to find the right moves, it's ...


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If you are sure not to make it over 50 moves for a draw, another option not yet mentioned is to try to trick your opponent. Likely they will also premove. For example if in a R+K vs R+K you are both moving the king around at some point prepare to move your rook to attack their rook even in an undefended way. Chances are they will have premoved the king and ...


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K+R vs. K+R is a draw, but K+R+10 sec vs. K+R+20 sec is not a draw. Your opponent won because they had an advantage brought on by having better time management. Nothing to complain about -- time is an essential resource (sometimes more important than material) in blitz (or similar) chess. The only real answer to your question "How could I have better ...


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Exchange off all the pawns, and enough material to ensure that your opponent no longer has enough material to checkmate you (e.g. your opponent just has a king + bishop versus your king). Find a repetition of position and repeat it three times, e.g. a perpetual check, or a forcing sequence where your opponent can only break the sequence to their disadvantage....


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Don't change the way you think based on which side is on move. You should always be thinking about your pieces, pawns, king safety, worries about the position, optimal squares, plans to improve your position or specific pieces, possible tactics, opponent's goals, comparing your pieces to the equivalent opponent pieces, etc. It's a mistake to separate ...


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