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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 which is needed for long games. In my experience, when I spend too much with speed chess before a tournament, after I analyze my games I see that my games are ...


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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 was expecting. In a finale like this, White must win and so will play something dangerous to avoid Black forcing a simple draw. When Anand saw that Smirin was ...


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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 your time correctly are a couple key things that you won't improve very well at if you only play blitz and bullet. Also, your endgame ability might suffer as ...


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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 there other games where i hang pieces , miscalculate large trades and just can't get things to click. I think its partially due to fatigue though. If you are ...


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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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Fatigue is likely a factor. It's common in older players like myself and with playing a lot in a short time. I'm worst in the afternoon games 3 & 4 of a one-day tournament. But it also may be akin to stage fright. I play best against familiar players in our club or online with friends. I miss many good shots in a tournament, against strangers or with ...


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Welcome to Chess StackExchange! You say the transition from games at 15+10 to blitz sees you going from rarely losing on time to almost always losing on time. Can I ask if the blitz is still with increment eg like 5+5 or some such? When I switch from say bullet to 5+5 to 8+5 and such it always takes me several games to get into the rhythm of the new time ...


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Has there been significant evidence or reason to believe that speed chess will make you a worse regular chess player overall? Or is it purely anecdotal? Rather anecdotal for chess particularly. Maybe there will be some meaningful (meta-) studies in future since due to excessive upcoming online speed chess within the last years, the data fundament for such ...


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1700 on Lichess is good, but not amazing - it puts you in the top 45% of people who play blitz on Lichess. It's the sort of platform from which you can decide to dedicate time, effort, and hardship, to excel and maybe aim for a title one day, but it's also still very reasonable to chill out there and just enjoy yourself. If you're not looking to reach for ...


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Rapid and Blitz are both form of fast chess Rapid, as the name suggests, is a faster version of chess Time controls for each player in a game of rapid chess are, according to FIDE, more than 10 minutes, but less than 60 minutes. Rapid chess can be played with or without time increments for each move. Many tournaments with a large player count opt for this ...


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You might consider the possibility of a real illness. What you describe is a symptom of hypothyroidism, which means that you have an inactive thyroid gland. Another symptom of this condition is feeling cold and shivery. I speak from experience. It can be treated with thyroxine tablets.


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I think playing slow chess is very important. It gives you time to go through lines and find moves you will not see whilst playing blitz/bullet. I also think you will get frustrated and a lower rating when playing faster games. When I play slow games, I realise that I am very tactically aware, but when I play fast I blunder. Most chess grandmasters begin ...


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There are plenty of openings you could use in blitz, but I think the slow solid and positional openings need more thinking, thus you could lose. I would suggest playing like Mikhail Tal. That is, make sacrifices without calculating the move too much, and try to complicate the position for your opponent. I have used this in many of my games. Complicating the ...


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Just wanted to augment the excellent answer above with some further examples: Smirin vs Anand, 1994, 0-1 Mamedyarov vs Lputian, 2004, 1-0 Ye Jiangchuan vs Ni Hua, 2004, 1-0 G. Sargissian vs Tiviakov, 2004, 0-1 Radjabov vs P.H. Nielsen, 2004, 1-0 L. Dominguez vs V. Malakhov, 2004, 1-0 Hamdouchi vs Kudrin, 2004, 1-0 P. Smirnov vs Aronian, 2004, 1-0 Dreev vs ...


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I can understand your situation. Because I am also a classical player, rated 2109 on lichess; but performing poorly on the blitz (1712) and bullet (1741). Moreover, there are more than 30 games, where I lost on time though the positions were in my favour. So, I think, I can give you some tips to improve your ratings by at least +300 points. Smooth ...


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What do you call blitz? When I played it was zero seconds per move. Now it seems to be variable like SD1 to SD5. At your rating it really does not matter what you do. For sure you will not ever improve if you play blitz. It is more likely to reduce your actual rating a LOT. What you need to do is improve your skills. Then practice at playing at exactly ten ...


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They are time controls for chess used in relatively quick short games. The actual time amount depends on how is defining them. Blitz used to be zero seconds per move before digital clocks evolved. Rapid used to mean exactly ten seconds a move before clocks came into more widespread use and then it was 5 minutes (or ten minutes) per person for the entire game....


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Speculation is all well and good, but I wanted data. I selected an OTB quick tournament from February and compared final scores with initial quick and regular ratings. After removing any previously unrated players, (surprisingly, everyone who previously had a regular rating also previously had a quick rating) the scatterplots looked like this: The regular ...


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You should analyze your results at blitz versus bullet before reaching any conclusions. Here's a notebook you can use for that purpose if you are on chess.com https://github.com/microprediction/microblog/blob/main/HalloweenGambit.ipynb Example: There is no way I'm better than 2100, but when I play the Halloween Gambit as white, my performance rating is ...


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