Classic Blitz Hokum
We all know that blitz, at best, only occasionally resembles actual chess. Especially on chess.com (due to lag issues, I suppose) it seems like it's all too easy to encounter a 1700+, 1800+, or even 1900+ player whose rating appear grossly inflated. The player I describe often plays a the same opening no matter his opponent's response and lingers on the board hoping to spot a well-known blunder or hang around for a time win. Losing to such a player is excruciating. Plrtzglrb, we cry, I know I should beat this patzer! How could I make such a stupid mistake? How could I use all my clock so early in the game? Why does chess.com randomly rob my clock of valuable seconds when I play between 5 and 7 p.m.?
Yes, losing to such a player hurts, but the inverse property keeps us playing. Mutilating a patzer by playing real chess against dogma is particularly delightful. I offer, for your consideration, an example of the phenomenon of which I speak: