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I actually agree with king_nothing1. I find chess the best when I win as a result of thinking hard and coming up with something smart. It is simply not possible in blitz and bullet chess to do this. Its all intuition.
Nevertheless, I do enjoy playing these games occasionaly. All this about masters improving their game through blitz chess so it must be good for us - the majority of us aren't masters. For players > 1700 it probably does help with tactics but for everyone else we just miss them most of the time so it doesn't help.
When you get more experience, you'll be able to analyze a position and see the move you want to play within one second, usually less.
You learn to identify the immediate needs of the position and you flick through 2 or 3 candidate moves in your mind while your opponent is moving, then you chose the best one and play it! Shouldn't take more than a second or two.
I believe fast games strengthen your tactical vision. You see a lot of differnet positions very fast, and so long as you dont play passively its a good workout. Nothing beats a beautiful slow game though and yes, many of the games are total junk, especially 1min (which are still very fun).
The 3min, and up to 5min really start to demand a lot more. These can be very good games.
1 and 3 min. are just for fun, but i choose this different settings depending on the lag. with big lag there makes no sense to play 1 min. 5 min. are very good to get some middle game experience in the openings you learned.
FM zumpili, excellent point. Having an FM weigh in on this topic is very definitive. Personally, I find that fast games are likewise helpful to my experience with certain openings. BTW, my play does not suffer at all from lightning chess, I am very comfortable with long time controls, and won my division at the National Chess Congress this year (some games took four hours or more). So, it is very useful to play blitz games to familiarize yourself with openings.
1 min games are just fun
yes, very fun!!!
True.Blitz is the best way to try out your openings.But one thing i noticed is that i tend to play some moves very fast and get impatient when my opponent thinks too much as im very used to quick responses in Blitz.I need to eliminate this Bad habit soon.
Likhit, are you allowed to listen to music when you play? If so, it will help a lot!
I almost always listen to music.On second thought,I don't think my problem is mainly because of Blitz because this used to happen to me even before i started playing Internet Blitz.Weird,I've managed to contain it quite a bit though.Working towards full elimination!
What sort of music do you find is best to play chess to?
I usually listen to Green Day cuz it is my fav and I just today crossed 1900 Blitz in Playchess.com from 1700 just becoz Green day made me energetic and repeating the lyrics increased my spirit!Sounds ridiculous but is true.I believe listening to music during Blitz can be really helpful.Just my humble opinion though.
I could not agree more! I generally listen to slightly different music, but excellent choice nevertheless! Electronic music helps me in blitz.
Keep the volume high,even better!
I think a lot of players on chess.com (myself included) don't have time to play long time controls. They want to play a lot of games in a short time period, and blitz/bullet allows them to do that. Notably, the longest time control (30 minutes) on chess.com is considered a " quick" chess time control by the USCF.
Although playing speed chess can help you spot tactics faster, it can also lead to bad habits, like playing too fast in a standard game and relying on intuition rather calculation. The best players will take 20-30 minutes to calculate and think whe required by the situation. Speed chess players will often blunder because they fail to calculate all possible lines and just make the quick "natural" move.
The logic is that people play them for fun. Not every person is after the same things from chess that you are after.
I hope I never play a serious game of OTB chess with Rowan Atkinson staring at me while grinning. Haha.
I havnt been playing bullet long, but ive learned that tricking your opponent under the pressure works great! They leave their queen vurnable alot and also miss good moves
Nope blitz is not mindless fun, if it's mindless fun, then club players should have achieved very high blitz rating long time ago.
Now bullet and blitz are different. Bullet is not chess.