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Is it sportsmanlike to waste opponents' time by giving check at the end of the game?

That only works in blitz time controls with no increment. If you accept games with no increment you are basically agreeing that flagging is part of the game and sportsmanlike. If you personally find ...
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Is it sportsmanlike to waste opponents' time by giving check at the end of the game?

In blitz, time is a major factor in the game, and it is fine to try and win on time. If you used too much time, and your opponent thinks he can flag you, there is nothing wrong with that. It is part ...
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When losing in blitz, is it rude to play to win on time?

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. ...
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Is it sportsmanlike to waste opponents' time by giving check at the end of the game?

Time is a resource in blitz chess, as much as or even more so than material. If it isn't unsportsmanlike to capture your opponent's material, how is it unsportsmanlike to capture their time? In ...
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The illegal moves in Carlsen-Inarkiev

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 ...
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Is it sportsmanlike to waste opponents' time by giving check at the end of the game?

waste their time If it's clear that they are able to win within the time they have left, this could be considered bad sportsmanship. However, in those situations the number of remaining checks is ...
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Does playing too much hyperblitz and bullet ruin your classical performance?

Usually, when playing speed chess our eyes get trained to find tactics quickly, and we tend to overlook complex ones. Also, repeatedly playing speed chess over a significant time reduces your stamina ...
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Why do people say blitz chess can be bad for your chess?

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 ...
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What was Anand thinking in the 1994 Armageddon blitz semifinal?

From a YouTube comment section dedicated to the game (I did not find the primary source, so it may be untrue): Anand was asked about this in the interview after. Smirin did not play the opening Anand ...
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Does blitz change the relative value of position vs material?

It just seemed obvious to me that gambits would work better with faster games, for the same reasons as given in the comments - it's harder to defend than attack, etc. I tried looking at several ...
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What should a player do in blitz if he knocks a piece on to the floor after pressing the clock?

The relevant section from the rules would be Article 7.4.1: If a player displaces one or more pieces, he shall re-establish the correct position in his own time. The rules do not specify a ...
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Do some chess players actively train moving the pieces on the board quickly?

I'm a FIDE master and in my experience I've never come across any material on how to physically move pieces faster. There's not a lot you have to do: pick up the piece, move your arm to where you want ...
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Is it bad form to go for a lengthy but losing endgame that you suspect will be winning on time?

All is fair in love, war, and blitz (at least with regards to winning on time, and short of outright cheating). In blitz, time is a major factor in the game, and it is fine to try and win on time in ...
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When losing in blitz, is it rude to play to win on time?

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 ...
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Why do people say blitz chess can be bad for your chess?

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 ...
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Does playing too much hyperblitz and bullet ruin your classical performance?

The main problem with only playing blitz and bullet is that you do not train your calculation ability. Everything is quick pattern recognition. Doing deep calculation, having creativity, and managing ...
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Brain fog when playing chess

I think what you are experiencing is fairly common. I find that I have games that i feel like an absolute legend, able to come up with creative solutions and just not making any mistakes.... then ...
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Can I get FIDE titles (FM, IM, GM) by getting norms in blitz tournaments only?

FIDE describe the rules for titles including in norms in the document FIDE Title Regulations effective from 1 January 2022. The first thing to note is that the FM title only requires reaching a ...
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If I like both the Caro-Kann and the Slav, is it a good idea to answer 1. d4 with 1... c6?

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 ...
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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?

The earliest Armageddon games I can find go back to the Women's World Chess Championship 2001, and the FIDE World Championship in 2002, which GM Ruslan Ponomariov won. This is probably a fairly ...
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Do some chess players actively train moving the pieces on the board quickly?

I don't know the answer to your question on over the board games but in online games, it is good to have a mouse with a fast response time for blitz and bullet. In online chess, the dragging and ...
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How to improve blitz chess rating?(Time management)

Blitz is a bit of a different chess "animal". In order to play blitz well, you need a few things, and that is great tactical vision, good time management, and some positional skill so you can make ...
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Can I get FIDE titles (FM, IM, GM) by getting norms in blitz tournaments only?

No you cannot. FIDE titles are only awarded for classical chess.
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Unusual replies to Scandinavian Defense

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 ...
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Why do people say blitz chess can be bad for your chess?

Playing blitz chess got me in a rut. I played simply to win the game, or to confuse my opponent, or to get in wood-shifting positions where I wasn't thinking of strategy. I was just playing for the ...
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Why do people say blitz chess can be bad for your chess?

I think that all this talk about slow chess allowing one to find "the best move" is nonsense. Read the book Thinking, Fast and Slow. I suspect that blitz chess trains one's intuitive chess mind while ...
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Does playing too much hyperblitz and bullet ruin your classical performance?

In my experience, the main negative effect is that you might play too fast in your games. This can be countered by (for example) sitting on your hands, or practicing in classical formats more.
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When losing in blitz, is it rude to play to win on time?

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 ...
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King's Gambit - Falkbeer Countergambit

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 -...
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Unusual replies to Scandinavian Defense

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