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Personally...it's not that I don't respect it. I just think it's the kind of thing that should be saved for the beer and chip TV audience someday. I consider it a simple variant of the deepest strategy game there is.
I like quick and rapid chess...25/10, 30/0, 35/5, etc...but that's where I draw the line, tbh. Blitz is extremely addictive and would totally derail my learning as a beginner.
I love the longer time controls, but understand the need for time controls to be shorter especially on the net. I'll admit when I win on time, it feels cheap. When I lose on time with an easy winning position on the board, I realize it's just part of the game. But, time shouldn't be the underlying factor that defines someone's chess. If you have to avoid certain openings or lines of analysis because of lack of time, it's not your best chess.
I have found that as I got better and better, I can play faster and faster.
I didn't use to like blitz, for the reasons just stated. Nowadays, I like it more and more. And, a 5 min. per side seems ample to me. But, that's about as fast as I want to go.
I didn't use to like blitz, for the reasons just stated. Nowadays, I like it more and more. And, a 5 min. per side seems ample to me. But, that's abaout as fast as I want to go.
Nail on the head. Yeah for someone at my skill level and inexperience - I can't play "chess" at 5/0 or 3/2 time controls. It's just too much. However, I know when I'm watching two 2300+ players go at it in a blitz match that they're more than aware of what they're doing and it's actually extremely strategical...having to use the clock as a piece, if you will.
It's just not where my true talent or interest lie in chess.
3 days per move games and all of the other long winded games are for picnic table players who want to die playing as few games of chess as humanly possible.
Not if you have dozens of correspondence games going on at the same time.
ya but only noobs have dozens of games going on at once
Players on ICCF/LSS play dozens of games at the same time.
A game is a game to me: why should I even think about respecting it or not? And what would be the consequences of this?
You don't respect the game, you respect the skill it takes to play at a world-beating level. Those 3000+ blitzers on playchess simply amaze me, and I have the utmost respect for that kind of rodent control.
I've repaired your typo.
Whatever. A good chess player is usually a good blitz chess player. I've played about 30,000 blitz games in my life, and I know it's not a mindless exercise. There's far more planning and intent that goes into each move than you give credit for. Maybe it's because you're even weaker than I am at blitz as to why you think that way, but that's your problem.
Bullet chess on the other hand, I have to side with Nigel Short's opinion that it is "chess masturbation".
Like any damaging and highly addictive activity, blitz MUST be both respected for the danger is poses to your chess abilities and if possible minimized or avoided.
It has always seemed to me that developing skill should come first and then speed. Yet, many, many with little skill have a need for speed.
Not that I mind or lose any sleep over it.
I was about to hit the send button but an image popped into my head. Two boxers in a ring...one experienced; the other not. When the bell rings, the second boxer flies out to the center of the ring, his arms flailing like a buzz-saw/windmill, very fast, very furious and then...
I've played twice as many blitz games as you. When you catch up, perhaps your skill will deteriorate as mine has.
(I'm joking, of course. I thought you would have understood that.)
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