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Is hyperbullet or bullet more common in online gameplay?

According to Lichess, there were 16,664 UltraBullet players this week, and 361,848 Bullet players this week. As for games played, since January 2021 there were 7,111,572 UltraBullet games played, ...
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Why is Lichess keyboard input opposed?

First some background: An 'input mechanism' is a tool to enact the moves you want to be played on a chessboard. The perfect input mechanism is probably "play whatever move I have in my mind ...
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What's the average total time for a game of bullet chess?

Per the suggestion by Rewan in the comments, I pulled the January 2022 log of games from lichess and looked at all the 1+0 games that finished with "Normal" or "Time forfeit" ...
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How good can you get at bullet chess without playing standard?

I think that bullet is a skill that is half chess, but half is simply the ability to think and move quickly, which is the domain of young people. Yes, you can clearly get very good at it relative to ...
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What is the history of online Ultrabullet Chess?

The origin for Ultrabullet on lichess in particular is an April's fools that somehow stuck around https://lichess.org/blog/WN7V-jAAAAdH8ITR/announcing-instant-chess . Does it lead to quality games? ...
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

I think with the black king on f7 it's also possible. For example, in the following position: [FEN "8/5k2/3Q4/8/8/3K4/8/8 w - - 0 1"] this sequence of moves for white checkmates always: Ke4 Kf5 (go ...
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

If the enemy king is cut off at the edge of the board, it is possible to mate him using only premoves. For example: [StartPly "1"] [FEN "2k5/Q7/8/8/8/8/8/K7 w - - 0 1"] 1.Ka2 Kd8 2.Ka3 Kc8 3....
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

In some special cases you can "premove" to a forced mate even against a King in the center: 8/8/8/8/3k4/7Q/3K4/8 w - - 0 0 1. Qe6! Kc5 2. Kc3! Kb5 3. Qd6! Ka5 4. Qb4+ Ka6 5. Kc4 Ka7 6. Qb5 Ka8 7. ...
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Could this kind of inaccurate sacrifice be countered?

When asking questions about tactics and sacrifices, chess engines are usually the most efficient and accurate way of determining the answer. The following is based on analysis from Houdini 6.03 in ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

In bullet chess (1 min or less), you basically don't have time for thinking and will pre-move or make moves instantaneously often making assumptions about your opponent's moves. In such situation ...
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What are the most dangerous counters to 1.e4 .. 2. f4?

If you can guarantee that your opponent isn't going to play the Scandinavian (1...d5) or Alekhine's Defence (1...Nf6) then you might get away with it but either one of those replies by black is going ...
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

Just to show it's possible, here is a position, without the opponent king trapped at the edge of the board, where you can premove the entire sequence. [FEN "8/6k1/4Q3/8/8/8/8/K7 w - - 0 1"] Move the ...
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How much worse do GMs play in their blitz and bullet games?

Handicapping I've played in blitz tournaments where the higher rated player was handicapped 1 minute per 100 rating points with a maximum of 3 minutes deducted. When you play with one 1 minute ...
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Why do players play this move (bishop to b6) in bullet chess?

Actually, ..Bb6 is a sound move not just in Blitz. The Italian and Scotch game are filled with it. There are plenty of reasons why you would make it: After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5....
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Is There an Official World Championship for Bullet Chess?

If you mean in the sense of a FIDE-sanctioned event, no. OTB bullet is an awkward affair to manage given the chaos at the board it inevitably creates and thus most competitions are held online. ...
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Why do players play this move (bishop to b6) in bullet chess?

It's a trap. You really try to reason too much about strategic aspects. This is a move that may not be considered sound in real chess... but we are talking about bullet here. And not Magnus Carlsen ...
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What's the average total time for a game of bullet chess?

Collected data from the top 100 bullet players in Lichess using the berserk module from lichess api. The function client.games.export_by_player() can give info about the games played by a player. This ...
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What is the thought process of a GM playing bullet?

Well, of course in very short time controls one cannot assess all the details prescribed in the answers of that good post. Grandmasters rely mostly on their vast experience, as much as it happens in ...
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Mouse vs Touch performance for bullet chess

Your question is interesting. I think I can share my experience because I am playing bullet for quite some time now. I used to use a touchscreen (Galaxy Tab S5E), but for the last couple of months, I ...
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What are the most dangerous counters to 1.e4 .. 2. f4?

I don't play 1...e5 anymore but when I did I played 2...d5 (Falkbeer) following a Morphy game from back in the day. Also, Fischer published a refutation to the entire line. You might want to look into ...
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Quick you have 5 seconds on your clock, what’s your move?

The first moves I look at, at any speed, are the checks. Being human, under the pressure, I would play Qxf6+, as it also gains material (although it only leads to a draw). Qxc8+ also fits my criteria, ...
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Are there videos of the highly-skilled fast online players (e.g. GM Andrew Tang) showing their mouse skills?

Yes, there are several. As stated by @B.Swan, you can search for "Andrew Tang Mouse Speed". Here are a couple videos that come up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvgXH_SQtU https://www....
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How good can you get at bullet chess without playing standard?

My friends and I used to play chess everyday before school started in high school. We were all more or less novices, knew the rules and nothing more, absolutely terrible lol. Our games were probably ...
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How good can you get at bullet chess without playing standard?

Been there done that, done both. You won't be much better than you can do OTB. Most players will be a few hundred rating points lower. Top GMs can play speed chess almost as good as they do OTB. ...
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Could this kind of inaccurate sacrifice be countered?

That sacrifice could not have been countered once Re7+ was played, though on move 26 white could also have played Rb6+ since that would have won the black queen for free and is materialistically ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

There are tons of first 4 moves that involve ridiculously unsound sacrifices, but most of these usually involve Bxf7+ and have no place in opening theory. These 'openings' are largely based on a ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

Sometimes there's some practical value in taking a line others feel is unplayable and making it somewhat playable. At best, you should be aiming for a line that gives the opponent lots of chances to ...
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Bullet tips and tricks

These tricks work much better in bullet, where flagging is probably 50% of the game, than in blitz. The obvious one is to reply to the start of a fianchetto by threatening the square the bishop is ...
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What is the thought process of a GM playing bullet?

They look at lots of master games and repeat those same patterns, avoiding blunders. In the opening, every move is used to get a piece out. In the middle game, piece maneuvering occurs. In the end ...
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