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No it's not. Your opponent spent more time to reach a winning position and you spent less time to get time advantage. It's quite fair to use your time advantage over your opponents position advantage. Time control is a part of chess.


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What rules (if any) cover a situation like this? 3.10.2 of the FIDE Laws of Chess defines when a move is illegal - 3.10.2 A move is illegal when it fails to meet the relevant requirements of Articles 3.1 – 3.9 Articles 3.1 - 3.9 basically describe the moves of the pieces. Inarkiev's move was illegal because it breached 3.9.2 - 3.9.2 No piece can be ...


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Some things that have helped me get better are: Counter-intuitively, continue to work hard on your slow game. The best speed game players in the world just happen to be the best slow game players. When playing slow games, you are giving your brain more "soak time" to absorb patterns and really grind into positions, giving your analysis ("I takes, he takes, ...


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I am answering only as an expert player, so who am I to answer this, but I think that "blitz ruins your chess" was a very popular view some time ago rather than nowadays... Anyway, given the very limited time at your, and your adversary, disposal, in blitz chess a player is not generally searching for the best move(s) but the one that gives you most chances. ...


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Capturing the King is an illegal move according to FIDE. Refer to Article 1.2 from the Laws of Chess The objective of each player is to place the opponent’s king ‘under attack’ in such a way that the opponent has no legal move. The player who achieves this goal is said to have ‘checkmated’ the opponent’s king and to have won the game. Leaving one’s ...


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One sort of not-always-obvious trap that players can fall into are pawn forks that aren't immediately apparent in a given position. For instance: [FEN ""] 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bc5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nge2 Be6 $2 7.d4 $1 Here White wins material since 7. d4! gains time against the bishop on c5, and can then push on to d5. I've actually won with this ...


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Blitz is good for working out the kinks in an opening repertoire and reinforcing themes that you already know, but it won't help if you want to learn new tactics or ideas. Blitz is too fast to be conducive to figuring out new plans, especially 3 0. There are some upsides to blitz, though. First and foremost, blitz is fun! If you have 20 minutes, a few ...


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I don't think it's a good idea. Firstly, no 1.d4 player will go for 2.e4, unless they are also 1.e4 players and really, really good at playing against the Caro-Kann. More importantly, you may like to play the Slav against d4+c4, and the Caro against d4+e4, but so far white has only played 1.d4. You lose options in case white doesn't follow up with a quick ...


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Good chess players who play online prefer quick games like 10sec + 1 or 1 min because nobody can cheat with a computer engine for such short games. If a player tries to cheat with a computer, in this type of game, he loses the game by time. After many quick games, these players can maintain this balance easily. Indeed, they train brain to think very ...


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I would never resign a game where the expected outcome is a win on time for me. Of course offering a draw is a gracious thing to do and could be considered good sportmanship, I usually only do this if I have been playing several games with this opponent and maybe chatted a bit. I would also offer a draw if the position of the game is impossible to ruin, ...


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When defending his title at the World Chess Championship 2012, Anand defeated Gelfand in the rapid round. He was able to put time pressure on Gelfand in all four games. In the second game with white, Anand played his moves so fast that Gelfand was forced to make moves with very few seconds to spare. Being able to perform well in rapid chess is a must for GM'...


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While the two are vastly different, if you improve at one, you will most likely also improve at the other. Tactics are far more important to get right in correspondence chess. The slightest misstep will be punished by your opponent simply because they have all the time they need to analyze all of the variations, and they can also use at least a board to ...


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Mostly I agree with what everyone else has said. Blitz is great for practicing something you have already, or to just "try it out quickly," but it's not a good way to learn. In fact, I find that if you play enough blitz you will eventually start getting worse at chess. Your ability to really think through moves diminishes. So, I would say, treat it like ...


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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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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 ...


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Here are a few reasons for why players use blitz games to prep for openings. There are only a limited number of standard games (normal speed 20-30 moves/hr) that one can play. However, you can run through a lot more blitzes in one evening. If you want to try to familiarize yourself with the positions that result from some variation, you can play a few ...


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This skills required for blitz are the opposite of those for correspondence. So I suggest that you concentrate on one or the other, but not both. Unless you're an insanely good mental juggler. "Blitz" places a premium on tactical skills. Also, seeing things faster than your opponent. "Correspondence" places a premium on strategical skills. Looking many ...


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I can also think of the Légal Trap in the Italian Game or Philidor Defense (Black's 2nd and 3rd moves may be transposed). It involves a Queen sacrifice: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 $2 6.Nxe5 $1 Bxd1 $4 7.Bxf7+ Ke7 8.Nd5# Wikipedia has a list of common chess traps, though it's not exhaustive: Ordered by chess opening: ...


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Spielmann Gambit [Event "?"] [ECO "B02"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/ b - - 0 1"] [Setup "1"] 1. e4 d5 2. Nc3 (2...d4 {Probably the best move} 3. Nce2 {And probably the only reasonable retreat. White is losing the advantage of playing as White side here, that's true. That's why this is an 'unusual' reply. Both sides gonna fight for e5 square ...


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I am answering this as an intermediate level player. Making good moves in fast chess results from remembering positions or patterns. The repretorie of strong moves in a given position developes when you have already evaluated similar positions and made similar moves. You will make strong moves only when you have thought through more number of outcomes, which ...


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This is actually very common in blitz games. Taking the opponent's king is considered to be a claim of an illegal move. You can see my answer to this question for some more information. Since taking the opponent's king is a claim instead of a move, it immediately ends the game. In blitz games, the player "capturing" the king wins. In slower games, ...


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They play quick games probably because it's more fun and doesn't take too much time. Blitz only damages one's tournament results if played to the exclusion of one's studies.


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Blitz games allow you to test your understanding of openings. The time crunch makes it extremely obvious when there are gaps in your understanding of a particular opening. This should serve as an opportunity to go back and better analyze the opening.


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I am an active member on online chess server http://www.chessfriends.com. I played there more than 5800 games. My stats as white are exactly same as black. I prefer playing 1 minute games, but sometimes I play 3 minute or 5 minute games. My experience is, that playing bullet or blitz games improve my tactics skills a lot. I have 2300 Fide rating, and I am ...


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No. There is a rule like that for standard time controls (rule 10.2 under FIDE rules), however under blitz rules 10.2 doesn't apply. Appendix B, rule B.3.b: b. Article 10.2 and Appendix A.4.c do not apply. In blitz, the clock is just as much a part of the game as the board is. If you have a position like that with seconds left and your opponent has more, ...


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4…e4 should actually be the least attractive option for black. But you should probably know a bit about it: [Title "Falkbeer Countergambit"] [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. d3 Nf6 5. dxe4 Nxe4 6. Nf3 Bc5 7.Qe2! Bf2 8. Kd1 Qxd5 9.Nfd2! The checks 7…Bf2 and 8…Qd5 look threatening, but now ...


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1.e4 d5 2.d4 tranposes to the Blackmar-Diemer gambit (1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3)


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Who has the time for a nice 30 minute game anymore? Being a titled player does not mean that all of your income comes from chess and that you live a life of luxury (If only! :P). Most titled players have jobs, families, or other endeavors to deal with on a daily basis. As such, it is nice to sneak in a few quick games when there is time to play. This is why ...


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Know your openings! You didn't mention time control, but it doesn't matter, you just may not allow yourself to waste precious time on opening. Avoid sharp, theoretical lines if you can not memorize them fully. I usually avoid such openings because if you face a novelty/variation you haven't seen so far, there goes precious time on thinking for a move that ...


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Winning a game sometimes gives a bad feeling when you should have lost but won on time. This is true for blitz as well as for a regular game. Losing on time is part of the blitz game. So playing on is fair in my opinion. This does not mean that you should not resign in a lost position. But you do not win a tournament this way.


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