It seems as though White can easily dominate the tempo in a blitz game through a strong, aggressive opening. Is this the case? What openings are strong for White when there is a short time limit (e.g., in blitz)?

  • Was this posted exactly 2 hours after this other one ? Especially considering the number of responses, I don't think there's much of a difference, really. (Flagging as duplicate.) – Nikana Reklawyks Nov 17 '12 at 23:48
  • @NikanaReklawyks, you're right that these are very similar questions, and I've no doubt this question was directly inspired by the earlier one. However, I believe "blitz chess" and "bullet chess" typically refer to slightly different sorts of games, the latter being close to 1-minute games, and the former being somewhat longer time controls like 5 0 or 3 2. Because of that, I hesitate to call this a duplicate question myself. – ETD Nov 18 '12 at 2:27
  • The best opening for Blitz is one your opponent doesn't know. If you don't know your opponent, offbeat ones work well. – aschultz May 3 '17 at 7:39

I think this depends very much on how strong you are.

That said, I had some success with the Ponziani. It is not the "best" opening, but solid, and many players don't know it and lose some time thinking about the next moves. The theory is easy, and there are several traps black can fall into (my favorite is when black takes the "unprotected" e4 pawn with the knight and you can fork it with Qa4+).

Generally it might be a good idea to play aggressive (e.g. Steinitz' Qh4 in the Scotch game) and to try to throw the opponent out of the book as soon as possible. Of course the opening must be still playable, and you need to know some theory.


I personally don't think there is a best opening for blitz. I think you just have to get your pieces out as fast as possible and control the center. Blitz is more of a time issue rather than a material issue.

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