When Intuition Beats Calculation: Why I Find Better Moves In Blitz Than Standard
I played a game earlier today that sparked my frustrations, not because I lost, but because I was played with ridiculous accuracy. In over the board standard games I struggle to calculate any better than your typical 1800-2000 tournament player and my playing style has often been described as carefree and directionless. However, in blitz chess, particularly online I find myself constantly surprising myself, going on 7 or 8 game streaks against 2200-plus opponent. While it is no secret that my intuition is my greatest weapon, I am starting to believe that my mind finds better moves under pressure than with an hour on the clock.
A blitz game from this morning highlights my accuracy under pressure, where I dominated an in form 2200 player, playing 27 excellent moves and 8 good moves without playing an inaccuracies, mistakes or blunders. My '70% best move' rating and .09 centipawn loss does not reflect my real life 2050 blitz rating. My opponent also did not have a bad game, making only 2 inaccurate moves and 1 blunder (which came after the position was already hopeless).
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