Time of the Day!

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, May 13, 2017

A very interesting article was published with regard to the quality of moves made at various times of the day.

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Whilst there are a few question marks over the research its outline findings are interesting:

People tend to make better moves in the morning

Now this research was for rapid play server play rather than CC, so is it valid for our purposes?

That is something we cannot confirm but perhaps the question should be "Do you know when you make your best moves?"

Data was extracted from the ICCF server last year related to when the most moves were made (it was related to a debate over the so-called "Free day") and what this showed was a peak first thing in the morning, another at lunch, then again in early evening. To me, this suggests that there is no overall bias for CC in terms of move quality but that the player should consider what factors help the make better moves or

What gets them into the Zone?

So what could some of the factors be?

  • Music or the lack of
  • (Light) Alcohol or the lack of
  • Time of the Day
  • Temperature

So next time you find yourself Analysing well - consider what the "factors" were and try to replicate them!