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Blitz chess is chess played with very short time controls, typically 5 minutes per side or less.

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Do FIDE or any of the federations rate Lightning chess?

Lightning chess predates digital clocks by many decades. It is basically 0+10s delay chess. A buzzer goes off every 10 seconds and the player on move has to move on the buzzer. The Scottish chess ...
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Handling Illegal Moves by Both Players in a Blitz Game: Rules and Arbiter's Role

In a recent blitz chess game, a situation left me uncertain about the official rules and how they are enforced. Both players, including myself, made illegal moves, but these were not immediately ...
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Understanding the Importance and Definitions of Classical, Blitz, and Rapid Chess World Championships

I'm intrigued by the various formats of chess world championships, specifically the classical, blitz, and rapid tournaments. My understanding is that each of these championships holds a distinct place ...
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How many illegal moves are allowed in Classical, Rapid & Blitz?

As of Jan-2024, I see that 2 illegal moves are allowed in chess and the 3rd one results in a lose of the game by the one who made those. FIDE 7.4b After the action taken under Article 7.4.a, for the ...
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About the importance of a "check"

Watching chess online on Youtube (Eric Hansen, Daniel Naroditsky, Kevin Bordi ...) playing blitz I noticed that they often try at first to avoid a "check" even if the potential following ...
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Chess fever (literarily)

Has someone tested how it is to play chess under the flu? (Perhaps online, as you don't want to infect the whole room.) I claim that with 40° fever, the only effect is that my brain processes speed up ...
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Does the touch move rule apply in Blitz?

At a casual club where I play, one guy insists on playing five minute Blitz games (most of us play untimed games otherwise). Since a player's move isn't complete until they press their clock, he ...
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Am I obligated to tell my opponent the position of my piece he displaced in blitz?

In a blitz game, my opponent displaced 3 pieces upon capturing. He arranged 2 correctly but could not figure the position of the third piece. Am I obligated to say the position of the 3rd piece when ...
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What is going on with FIDE's latest rapid and blitz ratings? Some players are more than 500 points higher in one month!

It's the last day of September and the provisional rating list for October has been released. There are some very strange ratings changes in that ratings list. Sri Lankan IM LMST De Silva played no ...
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Sorting players by FIDE blitz/rapid ratings

In the FIDE advanced search it seems to only allow search by standard rating. Is there a way, for example, to search the list of players with descending blitz rating or rapid rating? My final goal is ...
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Are there people that have played at 2000 OTB to master level by focusing on playing exclusively blitz rated games online?

Are there chess players for example, that have gotten to say, Lichess 2700+ Blitz online without ever playing OTB and then as soon as they started OTB, they were playing at a 2000 to master level?
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Can I get FIDE titles (FM, IM, GM) by getting norms in blitz tournaments only?

Could I play in blitz tournaments only and get FIDE norms, hence I can get FIDÉ titles such as FM, IM, and GM?
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Can Black draw this game? [closed]

Carlsen-Svidler 2010 Blitz. Black to move. Can he draw by perpetual checks? In the actual game, he resigned two moves later. [FEN "6R1/8/3B4/5K1k/r7/8/8/8 b - - 0 1"] [StartFlipped "0&...
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How are chess boards updated in real time in Blitz and Rapid tournaments?

In Rapid and Blitz tournaments, there are usually multiple over-the-board chess games going on simultaneously. It seems many websites and live streams have access to the chess boards of many players, ...
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Does blitz change the relative value of position vs material?

The way I see it, true gambits trade material for position, which in turn could give you opportunities to regain more material. However, in blitz play, you are less likely to notice those ...
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List of chess players by their peak FIDE blitz rating

I've come across a list of the highest FIDE ratings ever achieved by all 2700+ players in the 2700chess.com: This shows all the players above 2700 in classical ordered by their FIDE peak rating. It ...
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Does playing too much hyperblitz and bullet ruin your classical performance? [duplicate]

Because of quarantine I haven't been able to meet up with my friends to play OTB games or go anywhere including tournaments to play OTB for that matter, so for the past year I have been playing purely ...
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What was Anand thinking in the 1994 Armageddon blitz semifinal?

In the famous Blitz semifinal armageddon in 1994, Anand spends 1:43 minutes (from his 5 minutes available) on move 4, and ends up winning the game. What exactly was he thinking? Are there any ...
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Brain fog when playing chess

I've been playing chess from many years but started playing more from past few month. I only play 3 minute blitz games, have rating around 1350 in chess.com and 1700 in lichess, have played few ...
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What is some basic advice for playing blitz or rapid?

A decade back i used to play chess, but just OTB and without time control. I now got back into chess and often play something like 15+10, where I very rarely lose on time and I am now rated ~1500 on ...
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What are the rapid and blitz forms of chess?

I have no clue-I am a recreational player who wants to join FIDE tournaments.
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How to improve blitz chess rating?(Time management)

I have a blitz rating of 1900 on Lichess and I can't seem to improve from there. My road to 1900 was fairly quick, but I have been stuck in 1900. My Classical rating is higher than this, so I know ...
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Is it bad form to go for a lengthy but losing endgame that you suspect will be winning on time? [duplicate]

In blitz games, I sometimes have to choose between sharper positions that I suspect will put me at some slight positional advantage and positions easily played by my side but difficult for my opponent ...
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Do some chess players actively train moving the pieces on the board quickly?

Having spent the last couple of days watching the Rapid and Blitz World Championships I became, once again curious about the following subject. In some circumstances, especially in blitz games, it ...
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What should a player do in blitz if he knocks a piece on to the floor after pressing the clock?

This question is prompted by an incident in today's World Blitz championship in Moscow as described and shown in this tweet. What happened was that Nakamura made a move, pressed the clock, on the way ...
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Is it sportsmanlike to waste opponents' time by giving check at the end of the game?

In Blitz games, with very little time left for both players, is it acceptable to keep on checking the opponent and waste their time and win the game on time? Is that true sportsmanship?
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Are USCF regular ratings more accurate than quick or blitz ratings in regards to quick or blitz games?

I recently went to a USCF tournament. Although it was quick/blitz rated, regular ratings were used for the purposes of pairings and prizes. This led me to wonder: are regular ratings actually better ...
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How much worse do GMs play in their blitz and bullet games?

How much of a skill drop is there when a GM plays a blitz game or a bullet game versus rapid and classical? What I mean is, imagine if Carlsen was given 1 minute to play in, and he played against ...
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Do some people play chess with a 5 minute base time and no increments because it's a different challenge than 3 minutes with 2 second increments? [closed]

Chess with a 5 minute base time and no increments is a very different game from chess with a 3 minute base time and 2 second increments. It probably always had a winner and a loser except for when ...
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Blitz games managment

Here is the problem : when I have the time, i usually find the right move. Meaning, in a longer time frame games (more than 10min) I'm doing better. I feel like struggling with 5 min. games and I don'...
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Blitz tournaments (time control around 5 minutes)

I want to know if any of you could help me finding results from strong Blitz tournaments where the time control is around 5 minutes per player. It's for research. I do not have Chessbase or any chess ...
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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?

I've tried finding statistics on the results of competitive armageddon games played at a high level (say, GM level), but to no avail. Evidently, these statistics must exist, as for example FIDE ...
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What happens when both players are out of time in Blitz?

What are the rules when the clock for both players has reached 0? Are these rules different for digital clocks (where the clock shows who was the first player to flag) and analog clock where it might ...
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Capturing the king in a blitz game

In a blitz game, when my king is checked, I make an illegal move that checkmated the opponent and pressed the clock. Then my opponent captured my king and claimed victory. Capturing the king is not a ...
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The illegal moves in Carlsen-Inarkiev

In the first round of the World Blitz Championship in Riyadh. Magnus Carlsen played Ernesto Inarkiev and the game ended strangely. [FEN ""] [StartPly "53"] [Event "World Blitz ...
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Origin of Blitz

For some time now, blitz (in any of various formats) has been a very popular format of chess. It is obvious that in order to play blitz you need to have a chess clock and these have been around for ...
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Database without rapid and blitz games

Last years Mega Database is full of rapid and blitz games taken from live broadcast boards. Is it possible to filter them out? Are there other bases that have games only from long time controls? ...
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Requesting draw in last two minutes

What is the right way to claim a draw in the last two minutes? Also, is there a procedure to claim a draw after losing on time (I mean if you have a position where you can go for a win if you had time)...
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Can you claim an illegal move in Blitz after pressing your clock (but without making a move)?

In Blitz under FIDE rules, Player A makes and completes an illegal move by pressing the clock. Player B states that Player A's move is illegal, does not make a move, but quickly presses his own clock, ...
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Best way to use UCI engine to play against itself

So far I used UCI only to make analysis of particular positions, sending FEN, showing multipv, analysing fixed depth/time, clearing hash for every next position. Now I would like to make the same ...
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Why did Smirin resign against Anand in the Blitz semifinal 1994?

There is a video on YouTube about how Anand took 1:43 for move four in the Blitz semifinal and ended up winning the match. What I cannot understand is why White resigned because I can not see the ...
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Valid claims for a draw in a blitz game

The following situation occurred in my last tournament. It was a 5 min blitz game without time increment. My opponent didn't have any material left. I touched my rook and wanted to place it on the ...
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How to recapture more efficiently?

I know this sounds ridiculous but I want to learn the hand movement for recapturing in chess. It seems like a good fast way to recapture especially in blitz. Here is an example if you don't know what ...
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Why do people say blitz chess can be bad for your chess?

I keep hearing blitz chess is bad for you but the I've only been offered two explanations for why that is. The first reason I've been told is that it ruins your ability to focus since you it forces ...
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Statistical Right Handedness Bias in Move Selection?

It seems clear to me that there must be a statistical bias in the move selection of master level games in relation to the natural "hand" of the move, right or left. Let me explain. For the sake of ...
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Unusual replies to Scandinavian Defense

Are there any tricky, unusual replies by White against the Scandinavian Defense? I mean, avoiding 1. e4 d5 2. exd5, since, especially after 2... Nf6, for what I know, most of the tricks are on Black's ...
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When losing in blitz, is it rude to play to win on time?

In blitz, I frequently find myself in a position where I'm hopelessly losing on the board but have a good chance of winning on time (and the other way around). Is it generally considered good ...
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A piece was knocked down during a blitz game

I was playing a blitz game which was not part of a tournament or something but there was some bets, which were not significant at all, just to add some more spice to the game. However at some point I ...
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Pieces knocked over in blitz chess

In blitz (lightning) chess: If my opponent knocks over a piece when moving then presses his clock before replacing the piece is this illegal? If so do I stop the clock and call the DOP?
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Must chess pieces be within a square?

In lightning chess. must pieces be moved so they are completely within a square? If not then how much overlap is allowed? If my opponent breaks this rule do I stop the clock and call the DOP?
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