“You made me angry!”

I was very frustrated with Abe’s recent performance in chess tournaments.  He likes to blitz in his games regardless of the time control. I keep reminding him to slow down.  He might realize his problem as shown in this post, but still, he will return to his bad habit very often.

He did so poor in the Illinois Open held in the labor day weekend, after a couple of losses, I told him, “I don’t care you win or lose, I will be satisfied if you take your time.” One day on the way to lunch, I explained to him ” when I say take your time, I mean take your time to think or to take a nap if you want to as long as you don’t snore.”But he only took my advice for one game, he blitzed his game again the next one and lost. After the game, I told Abe, “You made me angry! You blitzed again.”

I think I started to ask him to slow down more than a year ago, at least from this post in January. But Abe’s bad habit’s not been fixed. Fixing the old habit might take much longer than a year. Back home, Abe said to me, “I am sorry (I did not listen your advice to slow down), but you have to deal with it.”

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3 Comments to ““You made me angry!””

  1. By Spreek, September 11, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    I used to have this problem. One thing I can suggest is forcing him to spend at least one minute per move in the opening (even if he knows the right move) to get him in the mood, so to speak, of playing slower. I don’t know how much that will help but it might.

  2. By TheChessDad, September 14, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    Thank you for the suggestion, I will try it.

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