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Is Blitz chess good for you


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1

    leniadyerac

    Hi all,

    I am new to chess.com and have started playing chess again.  My question is simple although I think the answer will not.  I also appologise if this topic has been answered in many threads.  If it has a simple link will do Wink

    So the question is, is blitz chess good for you?  Although it is fun I find the constant time isssue prevents the kind of thought that is required to develop a better understanding of the game. 

    thanks

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2

    PrawnEatsPrawn

    "Although it is fun I find the constant time isssue prevents the kind of thought that is required to develop a better understanding of the game."

     

    Try slightly longer time controls (we all slow as we age). If 5mins is too short try 8mins or 10mins.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3

    bfound

    You nailed it. It may be a fun diversion, but it will not improve your understanding, or your long game. Many have said that a lot of blitz makes their long game worse.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4

    padman

    Well it will acclimatize you to pressure and get you thinking on your feet, but for sure you'll have to look at longer time controls to really lift the ceiling of your playing strength. Playing lots of blitz is a good way to get a feel for different kinds of openings and to test out new openings in a time efficient way too. Not to mention sharpening your tactical eye in the unbalanced positions which are more likely to come from fast games.

    Stay away from bullet though, it's led many aspiring chess players into a terrible abyss from which there is no escape. Some say it's the devils pastime. I know it is.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #5

    Bacolod_Chess

    up on this topic.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #6

    Bacolod_Chess

    well, i say that playing 50 blitzes a day would give you more games experience than having just 5 long games a day. chess is about pattern recognision right? so the more exprience u have, the better you are in anticipating positions. what u say guys?im confused really if i introduce blitz as an experience build up to my kid

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #7

    tigerprowl

    "Stay away from bullet though, it's led many aspiring chess players into a terrible abyss from which there is no escape. Some say it's the devils pastime. I know it is."

    And when you get your chance, you will lose to Carlsen.  Like Nakamura did. 

     

    Isn't it a bit ironic? Bumping a thread 3 years ago which addresses blitz?

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #8

    tigerprowl

    "so the more exprience u have, the better you are in anticipating positions"

     

    You are looking too close to the trees to see the forest.  Much like bumping a 3 year old thread, the frequency of a situation doesn't teach you anything more.  It just gives you more time to see it.

     

    You could play 50 blitz games in a day.  You could also play 50 blitz games over the span of 4 years (about 1 game a month).  I never learn anything by repeating bad moves.  It only gets ingrained into my head so I have to unlearn what I thought was right after I stopped playing so quickly.

     

    When watching GMs, I often see positions where the GM doesn't make the obvious move until waiting 5-10 minutes.  They are doing something else than just making a move during that time.  I personally value that more than others I guess.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #9

    abdallahhesham647

    I think you should play blitz one day every weak"NO MORE!" and this to sharpen your tactical eye and to practice your openings.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #10

    Sacbutt

    Blitz is excellent for your game! I was in Japan for 4 years and didn't play any over the board chess, just internet blitz. Came back to England and was 30 (ECF) points higher than before. Pattern recognition and chance to try many openings and positions.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #11

    TitanCG

    Playing too much blitz can affect your long games.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #12

    CP6033

    play some blitz, but not too much, it can ruin your long game playing, and so then you don't want to spend your time, and you will lose your games. That said some blitz is always fun, but bullet, is a bit too much for me!

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #13

    tz9

    I usually play blitz for fun but I don't feel any improvement. 

    The longer time controls like 15|10 and 30 push you to calculate more at critical positions and come up with a plan. Sadly not many people play these time controls on this site.


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