Is bullet chess good or bad for you?


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1

    inmaniac

    Lately I've been spending a lot of time in the tactics trainer. I've been doing ok and am getting steadily better.  Then the other day I decided to challenge the Computer-easy in 2 min bullet chess. I played it something like 30 times in a row. FINALLY I beat it. Its hard as hell because you cannot ever beat it on time. So you must checkmate it in the 2 mins. (Please don't look at my live stats. They are embarrassing.) So then the next day I go into the tactics trainer and drop about 200 - 250 points. I'm getting back up now but it has taken a couple of days.  I can't figure out if these 2 things are related. Maybe tactics dropped because of a lack of sleep or stress.  Has anyone else noticed that their regular game declines after they playing bullet chess? I've seen a lot of players who have good blitz stats and don't have any bullet stats. Do good players avoid the bullet? And maybe it's called bullet chess because it effectively puts a bullet in your brain?
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2

    ivandh

    Bullet chess is good for your bullet chess- bad for everything else.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3

    inmaniac

    Good to know. Thx.
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #4

    Minttunator

    Missing tactics can definitely be from lack of sleep or general stress/anxiousness. I do a lot of puzzles on ChessTempo and I do immensely better when I'm rested and 100% focused.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5

    inmaniac

    Wow.  That site is great.  Thanks.  

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6

    AnthonyCG

    Too much blitz makes you lazy. Try to fit in normal games.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7

    checkmateibeatu

    Bullet is more of a time scramble than anything else.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #8

    rockpeter

    Bullet chess causes internal bleeding. Thus one can expect dizziness, fatigue and loss of concentration.
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9

    inmaniac

    Saying it is more of a time scramble reminds me of one of the games against the computer I played.  I was a Queen and 2 Rooks ahead and I lost.  Afterwards I saw what I think was forced mate, but never would have found it in the 5 seconds I had left.  

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10

    tbrook2917

    I think if you're not yet a good player and in the process of studying the basics of the game it's bad practice

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #11

    ModestAndPolite

    Waaaaaah!!

    I thought bullet chess would speed up my sight of the board.  But it seems that the most useful skill is not any aspect of chess ability.  It is how quickly you can make your moves.

    I seem to lose all my games on time, most often in positions where I have a crushing advantage.  Often several pieces up, or about to deliver a forced mate.

    If I were playing with real pieces and a real clock I would easily finish off the games.

    But on-line, no matter how quickly I move all the comms in-between means that my moves consume at least a full second each.  It makes no difference what I use: mouse, touchpad, joystick, graphics tablet or game controller. Yet somehow my opponents manage to respond in half a second or less. 

    So what is going on?

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #12

    Teichmann70

    It is a waste of time! If bullet chess was effective everyone would be a chess master now
  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #13

    Gamificast

    Bullet chess might be OK for testing your opening theory knowledge and intuition. But it might get you into a habit of playing too quickly, which can lead to you missing tactics.

    I think that it's more bad than good for you overall, but that's just my opinion.

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #14

    petrikeckman

    Sometimes in the end game you have to do rapid decisions even in non-bullet games like 30 mins games when clock is running out and bullet practises you do rapid decisions which are needed then.

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #15

    Rithz

    I will not suggest you to play bullet much. It would land you into the habit of rushing. Believe me even I had the same issue,I used to play bullet everyday and it made me play fast even in classical tournaments. Maybe you would improve your tactical vision(Maybe) but you can't exactly know how or what your opponents replies- bullet chess is intution based.


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