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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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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 your standard level of play. Your ratings seem to prove that. I still question whether bullet is really good for your chess on a deeper level, but you do not ...


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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.Ka4 Kd8 4.Ka5 Kc8 5.Ka6 Kd8 6.Qb7 Ke8 7.Kb6 Kd8 8.Qc7+ Ke8 9.Kc6 Kf8 10.Qd7 Kg8 11.Kd6 Kf8 12.Qe7+ Kg8 13.Ke6 Kh8 14.Kf6 (14.Qf7??=) Kg8 15.Qg7# Just make sure ...


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Not only does lichess.org has the option to berserk in 1m bullet-games, but after a recent update you are able to to start a 30sec game. You will learn nothing though.


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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. Kc5 Ka7 8.Kc6 Ka8 9. Qb7# (Black's only option is 3...Ka4 when 4 Qb4 is already mate. The alternative 1 Qf5!? Kc4 2 Qe5 Kb4(b3) 3 Qd5(+) or 3 Qc3+ might not be ...


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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 to f5 in two moves) Qd7 Kf6 Qh3 Qc8 Qa8 Qh1# I made this gif to explain why: In green it is shown where the black king could be (to consider all possibilities)...


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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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Openings you are more familiar with than your opponent, and in which it makes a difference¹. If you want to take advantage of it somehow, and not just “play better”. Therefore I'd propose to go for gambits and very open positions, in an aggressive style. Especially not well-known ones². In these openings, being familiar with the ins and outs of the arising ...


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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 tactical mode: By the end of move 24, in the following position, a forced mate (in 8) already exists for white [FEN "2rq3r/1R6/p3kp1Q/4p3/2p1P1PP/P1N5/2P5/4KR2 w ...


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In my opinion, one must play an opening that one plays most often, as in bullet chess there is very little time to think. If you are receptive to go and learn a new opening, then I recommend Stonewall as it makes the game a very closed game while retaining a strong hold of the center. With black pieces, French Defence and Budapest Gambit serve as good ...


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In my opinion chess and bullet chess are a kind of sport or competition. Everything what happens on the board is legitimate, if it is according to the rules. There is no such thing as an evil or devious move. You may play risky, repeat moves or do moves for "psychological" reasons. If the opponent thinks there is something wrong with that she or he needs to ...


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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 playing the best moves becomes less important; basically you just need to move fast without blundering too much. Playing chess at such short times becomes more ...


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I've won quite a few games in this line of Cambridge Springs in blitz. [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 c6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 7. Bd3 Ne4 8. Qc2 Nxg5 9. Nxg5 dxc4 And black is winning a piece since, knight on g5 and Bishop on d3 are both attacked. Notes: 1)7. Bd3 looks logical, but it not the best move (though it is not losing). Main-line ...


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Bullet chess and speed chess are different sorts of games; they favor those with more talent. The clock is an integral part of the game. Use it. Embrace it. And no, it isn't any worse for the community than bughouse or any other insane variant.


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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 king to g5, play Qd7(+), and then continue as in Maxwell86's answer.


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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.Be3 White is threatening to win a piece, so Black can retreat to b6 and prevent his bishop from hanging. Let's assume a central formation like e4+d3 vs e5+d6, ...


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If you play on a tournament in http://lichess.org, you have the option to go into Berserk mode. This effectively halves your time (NOTE: not your opponent's), for the possibility of winning more points. If you're playing a 1 minute tournament, then berserking every game will allow you to effectively be playing 30 second games. That being said, you won't ...


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chesscube.com allows you to play with any time you want even 10+1sec. A fine bullet game with quality players can be played on chess.com but you have 1min option there.


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I have noticed that new players who learn opening principles like "don't move the same piece more than one time", "concentrate on the center" often fall into the trap of blindly following these general principles and totally overlook simple tactical threats. A typical blunder example: [FEN ""] 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Nd4?? 4.c3 Black is toast because the ...


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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 level bullet, which often almost looks like real chess, but Patzer level that more often than not is just bloody chaos. Premoving is very common in bullet and ...


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There are several traps in the Ponziani, e.g. leaving the pawn on e4 unprotected, and if the knight takes it, Qa4+ is winning the knight. Or pushing the d-pawn threatening the knight: If it goes forward instead of b8 or e7, it's lost.


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Videos on many of traps can be found at http://www.thechesswebsite.com/chess-traps/index.php


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The website http://chesstempo.com allows 10 seconds bullet games as the shortest possible.


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I've played one minute, no increment, over-the-board chess, it definitely can be done. My experience (at least with the opponents I've played with...) has been that it's almost always turned into a huge time scramble with lots of knocked-over pieces, and I can tell you that a substantial fraction of the games I've played at this time control (maybe 20% or ...


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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 other fields. But we can say that pattern recognition for tactics and mate threats play a major role. And they also learn to polish their intuition. They can ...


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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 physical ability becomes a huge factor. If you are not fast enough to move a piece while your opponent is reaching for his clock, and then hit your clock near ...


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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 between a 3-0 and 5-0 min control. We didn't really measure the time we just knew we had between 25-30 mins to play a few games before classes started. I ...


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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 am using a mouse. Both of them have benefits as well as drawbacks to their side. The best benefit for the touchscreen is reachability with accuracy. You can ...


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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 gross overvaluation of castling rights: you can just slowly castle by hand, especially since the attacker usually has no other pieces developed yet (e.g. after 1.e4 ...


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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 go wrong but allows you drawing chances if the opponent plays perfectly. I could give ideas but your opponent could be reading this too. It's best to come up ...


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