Chess Massacre - Tiger plays Blitz: Part II

For today’s blog post, I decided to make a small demonstration for you by trying to play fast blitz on ICC (3 min. + 0 sec.) and make live commentary at the same time, and thus provide you with some insight on how strong chess players make decisions under time pressure, as well as what characteristics of the quickly changing positions they consider the most before they make their next move.

In these three impromptu blitz games I played yesterday, I was paired with two IMs and one GM who happened to be GM Eric Lobron. ICC is home to some of the most famous grand masters who regularly frequent the online server for a couple of casual games. Players like GMs Nakamura and Caruana, often play here, as well and I have played a few games with both of them just a couple of days ago. 

For today’s demonstration, I was equipped with my high quality screen capturing software and recorded my games live on ICC while analyzing what I was thinking and how I was choosing my moves to eventually lead me to success. In the last game, I had the chance to demonstrate what we should do in a losing position, after I missed a fork in the opening. The games were tough and my opponents obviously played with class, but my strategies seemed to work quite a lot yesterday. I hope you enjoy this live training-analysis and share your opinions and possibly better variations that I may have missed in any of these games I played.


  • 3 years ago


    Wow amazing Valeri playing a 2400+ player and commenting live - and still winning!! You should get your GM norms quickly you are obviously at least 2600+ easily. Have you played Andreikin, I hear he is a Blitz-Beast (BB).

  • 3 years ago


    Happy birthday!

    It's really nice to hear live commentary in blitz games, and especially your commentary is very entertaining! I like the way you concentrate on the main ideas instead of concrete variants.

  • 3 years ago


    So, you played GM's Nakamura and Caruana few days ago? What does that mean, you probably won right? And what is your score against GM Andreikin, a.k.a. Vladimirovich, probably 19:2 in your favour, right?

  • 3 years ago


    Your bullet rating is the second highest on, could you show some bullet games to demonstrate what makes you such a beast at them?

  • 3 years ago


    Happy Birthday!  Nice games!

  • 3 years ago


    Happy Birthday Tiger!! Those 3 games were very informative and extremely enjoyable.  I would love to see more of these!!

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you!

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