I am a chess beginner. I love playing Blitz games (especially 3+0).
I play on Lichess.org. My “Lichess blitz rating” (currently between 1040 and 1060; not giving exact value for privacy) has been going up at a pretty quick rate. Like today I played 23 and won 18 (all 3+0) so my “rating” went up by +66.
Lichess basically pairs players of similar strength when “Quick Pairing” is chosen. Currently, I see that the opponents make blunders sometimes, so my “rating” is not entirely reflective of my progress, which I consider to be a problem. I am afraid that if the rating keeps going like this, I’ll have to play genius players pretty soon and I’ll then soon crash back to, say, 900, making this a futile exercise in wasting time.
Important Points to be taken into consideration:
- I do not study chess. I am currently hugely invested in other commitments so I don’t see myself seriously studying chess at ANY level for probably at least 2 years down the line.
- My style of play is what I call “reactive chess”. I pretty much react to what the opponent is doing (say, thwarting a pin or punishing their blunders), rather than making elaborate plans myself. I do make plans, only that they are like, 2-3 moves long, like an indirect attack on a knight in order to win a pawn.
- I love exchanging bishops and knights (Bishop for bishop, knight for knight, bishop for knight and knight for bishop). This basically helps me to get to the endgame faster.
- I am fascinated more by endgames, though I suck at them.
- My checkmates (unless planned) usually consist of just checking the king repeatedly in successive moves before a miracle checkmate just occurs.
EDIT: I also wanted to add that a lot of the times the opponent is in a clear winning position (like, say #3) but ends up losing because their time ran out. This gives a false sense of progress. How to counter this?