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Arcsine26

I've been playing chess for about a year now, but my blitz rating seems stuck around 700-800. Any tips for a beginner like me to improve in blitz? Also, I'm wondering whether I should switch to playing more rapid games to work on my tactics, or if I should stick with blitz. What do you guys think?

Zercs69

Heres some things that helped me: I played a lot of rapid at first but it didn't change the fact that my play style is generally fast which I found out a little later after beggining. When you play in blitz tho best advice I jave is to never spend over 10 seconds on a move, so always maintaining a time advantage on your opponent, also look for moves that don't make your position significantly worse, just develop normaly, put your pieces on active squares etc. But like I said, pick up fundamentals in rapid and only then jump over to blitz, as it is way harder when time is squeezed up.

tygxc

@1

"Any tips for a beginner like me to improve in blitz?"
++ Do not play blitz, play 15|10 rapid instead and analyse each game you lose.
If you get good at that, then come back to blitz if you want.

Arcsine26
Zercs69 wrote:

Heres some things that helped me: I played a lot of rapid at first but it didn't change the fact that my play style is generally fast which I found out a little later after beggining. When you play in blitz tho best advice I jave is to never spend over 10 seconds on a move, so always maintaining a time advantage on your opponent, also look for moves that don't make your position significantly worse, just develop normaly, put your pieces on active squares etc. But like I said, pick up fundamentals in rapid and only then jump over to blitz, as it is way harder when time is squeezed up.

Yeah that's very true. Time is everything in blitz. I often find myself stuck in thought while my opponent throws out moves just to eat my time. I'll surely start prioritizing moves that keep my pieces safe and avoid hanging them.

Adamchess232
Arcsine26 wrote:

I've been playing chess for about a year now, but my blitz rating seems stuck around 700-800. Any tips for a beginner like me to improve in blitz? Also, I'm wondering whether I should switch to playing more rapid games to work on my tactics, or if I should stick with blitz. What do you guys think?

you should stop playing blitz and focus more on rapid

blueemu

First you get GOOD.

THEN you get fast.

ChessMasteryOfficial

Switching to rapid games can be very beneficial. It gives you more time to think through your decisions and understand the consequences of your moves. This can be critical in developing a deeper understanding of chess that you can then apply in faster time controls.

tlay80
blueemu wrote:

First you get GOOD.

THEN you get fast.

This. You get better at blitz by getting better at chess.

You get better at chess by not playing blitz. (Well, not only, anyway.)

mpaetz

Notice that all the top blitz players are also strong GMs. They learned to be good chess players with years of study and coaching and honed their skills in hundreds of classical otb games. Once you are a good chess player you will be good at most any time control.

play4fun64

Problem of beginners they want to become good Blitz players right away. Gain experience in Rapid. When you feel you're good enough, start playing blitz.

theswooze

Ask @martin_stahl and then do the opposite.

Alchessblitz

"Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast" 

Not only valid for beginners.

Arcsine26
blueemu wrote:

First you get GOOD.

THEN you get fast.

How good does someone have to be to get fast ?