How long did it take b4 you played blitz?

KevinWood44
Do people usually get to a certain rating before playing blitz? Are there any benefits to playing blitz at any level? I feel like u should have a solid understanding of openings before playing blitz, bc the 1st 10 or so moves should be automatic so; 1. u dont fall for obvious traps 2. u can save the time for when u need to think. Anyway just curious
ghost_of_pushwood

For the longest time I never played it because I thought I played terrible (took me a while to realize that everybody plays terrible at blitz).  It wasn't until the internet that I started playing it...and discovered that I'm about an average blitz player for my rating (nothing too dreadful). happy.png

Monie49
Blitz (5 minute) gives one the opportunity to try different openings and theory in a very short time. Plus, if you have a lost position it is over quickly - not hours later!
KevinWood44

I guess thats true, better to lose quickly and get on with your life lol 

AussieRookie

When I  played blitz it took about 27 moves before I was able to take b4..

179F

I probably do that in a long time... Just look at the nightmares brought by missing mate in one moves...

catdogorb

I started off playing blitz as a beginner. 3|0 games almost exclusively.

catdogorb
KevinWood44 wrote:
Do people usually get to a certain rating before playing blitz?

Not that I'm aware of, no.
Absolute beginners are usually afraid of any clock though, and will especially stay away from speed games.



KevinWood44 wrote:
Are there any benefits to playing blitz at any level?

I guess you can get some quick experience in new openings you're trying to learn. You should have already studied the openings though. Blitz lets you test your memory and get some quick and dirty middlegame experience.

If time pressure in OTB games crushes someone because they can't speed up, then blitz might help them learn to get through some basic thought process quickly just so they can play an okay move even after spending not much time.

 

KevinWood44 wrote:
I feel like u should have a solid understanding of openings before playing blitz, bc the 1st 10 or so moves should be automatic so; 1. u dont fall for obvious traps 2. u can save the time for when u need to think.

Yeah, if you're playing blitz to be good at blitz, then you should know your openings well, and pay attention to your pace. Just like a long game, you should aim to use about half your time after half the moves are made, but as you said, play the first few moves as fast as you can safely do so. Use the extra time to think at critical moments.

Also don't fall into your opponent's rhythm, if they're moving very fast, or very slow, just ignore their pace. This can be hard when they change pace in the middle of the game.

TheCalculatorKid

I played loads of bullet but not that much blitz in comparison, however now I've begun playing a lot more blitz, 3 minute games. long enough to evaluate properly but quick enough to get the thrill of the time pressure. also there's no stupid increments so the time pressure is pretty real.