View Full Version : Benefits of Correspondence Chess?

08-01-2007, 08:40 PM
Johnny Come Lately Muses Out Loud:

As with many things in chess, I've been rolling in late-
1. Late to competitive chess (age 34) [dragged to the BCC by players from the cafe]
2. Late to this BB (only this year) [dragged by :uhoh: ]
3. Late to correspondence chess (this month) [Itchy Tromp Finger]

Anyhoo. The point. Correspondence has allowed me to play future variations within the game. Calculation in other words. I don't know yet whether this will improve either my 'chess vision' or OTB calculation as it's early days and other factors have limited my ability to develop my chess (as with all of us).

My rating suggests there must be certain deficits with calculation (both ability and laziness I suspect).

Does anyone have any comment as to whether their introduction to correspondence chess enhanced theor OTB play or not?

10-01-2007, 11:25 AM
Whilst playing you I was also gambling on the game for a few hours a day, chess moves were rickoting(?) in my brain but played beautiful chess OTB, so much so that my opponent has now gone on strike because I pasted him so much. They were rapid games.

10-01-2007, 09:38 PM
Many years ago in New Zealand a very strong positional player suggested that I take up correspondence chess to improve my positional play. It did not work.

Instead I played even hairier stuff than over the board.

10-01-2007, 09:43 PM
Thanks for sharing David. Incidentally all: have a guess at how stoopid I felt when I googled 'benefits of correspondence chess'. Do it.

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11-01-2007, 08:28 PM
Alrighty Then :D

Lets See how many benefits sprouty can think of for corrospondence chess (ImfaO)

1# Looks really cool for when the older reletives come over & you tell em that your playing somebody across the globe and thats why the chessboard is set up in da parlor - :lol:

2# ermmm maybe when sprouty is on tour in the summer timez can play a one move per day from da beach hotels all over the us with his buds at chesschats.

3# For some odd reason Red Dwarf keeps poppin into sproutys brain about when Holley is playing coraspondence chess with some other computer.LOL :P

4# Maybe one day be able to keep in touch with sproutys mentor (old chessmaster) and play him a move a week type letter corrospondence game.

-Sprout :)

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2007, 10:09 PM
I find it a useful way to become familiar with openings that I do not play.

(Having said that I play very little CC of any form due to lack of time and interest. While I am still anywhere near peak OTB strength, OTB is my priority.)

Spiny Norman
20-01-2007, 02:02 PM
I find simply that the analysis process is helpful ... looking through lines and making discoveries of possibilities that one might never find across the board, unless one is disciplined enough to do this rigourously after OTB games (and there is always the tendancy just to let Fritz analyse and point out the short-term tactical opportunities lost, whereas with CC one can look much more readily for longer-term positional advantages).

Having read the excellent book about Purdy's World CC Championship win, I learned that if I was ever to try to play CC properly, I would have to expend vast amounts of time doing analysis, so I have only ever played a handful of games (most of them here via the 'Net).

20-01-2007, 03:20 PM
Yes, this is what I am finding. Thanks for verbalising. It is the process of analysis coupled with the laziness of proper analysis post match and Fritz etc..

So the correspondence itself is not the asset, it's what it forces me to do.

21-01-2007, 10:04 AM
Correspondence Chess can be instrumental in improving analytical skills as well as positional understanding. However, OTB chess players should be aware of some of the risks associated with playing correspondence.

1) you get used to moving pieces while analysising
2) you get used to having a lot of time at your disposal
3) Fritz becomes your best mate

Overall, corresspondence games appear to be underestimated. I have seen quite a few correspondence games between relative unknowns and some of the games were of a very high standard.

21-01-2007, 08:51 PM
you can avoid halitosis and a few of your BB enemies

28-01-2007, 06:03 PM
From CJS Purdy, via Frosty, via 'Ac's reasons for not playing correspondence'

.. up until 1936, in which year I reached the age of thirty, I had never played a real specialist in CC. In that year I was challenged to a friendly match by on old friend of university days, Gaius Macintosh. Remembering him as a fairly strong A-grade player (but nothing more), of the Sydney University Chess Club, I saw no reason why I should not win the match without undue exertion. I was after all, holder of the Australian crossboard title.

I did not take the games lightly, but gave each move much more time than I could have over the board, with a clock ticking against me, particularly when I found my positions deteriorating. To be brief, I was beaten soundly in the match.

What was I to deduce?

I, a professional player and well-known writer on the game, had been trounced by an amateur of very little account in the world which I regarded as the real chess world -- and not because I had played below my strength, but simply because he had played more strongly. I realised that he had given the games more study than I had, but -- this is the point -- I had never before suspected how much difference that extra study might make.