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, ...
They may have made a fatal mistake and think that in another game they can win.
It happens sometimes. You could make a mistake, or miss a mating pattern, and suddenly you've lost the game although you thought you were in the lead. In this case, many people may ask for a rematch because they think that they should have won and want to redeem themselves. If ...
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 ...
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 on time.
After many quick games, these players can maintain this balance easily. Indeed, they train brain to think very ...
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'...
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 decent moves quickly in quieter positions. It also helps to be young because you think faster when you are young.
The first part to getting better is obvious, and ...
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 ...
If the enemy king is cut off at the edge of the board, it is possible to mate him using only premoves. For example:
[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 ...
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)...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Concerning the last question, no, you will not run out of opponents.
I've been playing on chess.com for about seven years, and when I play blitz I'm almost exclusively interested in having a bit of fun. If you have ever had a small match of a few games against someone online, you quickly realize that many of the games resemble a lot since it is common to ...
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 ...
How do you define realistic for chess ratings? Actually, they are all realistic. Ratings should be considered inside their own population because your rating in server X is your performance relative to other players in the same server. As it depends the population you shouldn't compare one rating to another rating in another server. But if you really want to ...
Most likely, "you eventually reach a wall where the only way to advance is by sitting down for lengthy periods analyzing board positions." This would result from what the economists call the "law of diminishing returns."
But playing blitz should enable you to improve your game for a long time BEFORE you reach that point. That's because it will teach you to ...
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 ...
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.
I am not an expert, but I would say blitz is 'art' part of chess. It requires a few skills to be good.
Time management is obviously very important as there is not much time in a blitz game.
I have few tips about time management, and you should know that most important ones are not to waste so much time in opening,
not to waste too much time in forced moves ...
In my experience, Blitz will not help improve the game significantly.
It is fun.
It improves slightly to see all the hidden dangers (sacrifices/hidden bishops/etc) as soon as you see the position.
It does not guarantee in-game experience because you mostly exploit the mistakes of your opponents under time-pressure and not the positional-game.
It is ...
Blitz allows you to collect game experience fast. Blitz could improve you in:
Quickly test some new moves and get adequate response in a real game.
Learn moves so that you will waste less time for thinking in a real game.
My recommendation would be to join your local USCF club and play blitz there. Learn to use the clock, learn etiquette, learn your weaknesses, get tips from better players.
I'm not sure you have to record your moves in blitz.
Above all, have fun.
My Lichess blitz rating is very close to my FIDE classical rating. But is that correct?
The FIDE rating is based on slow (six hour), over the board games, in my case usually in team matches, one per match weekend, where I make sure I am well rested and then try to play to the best of my abilities. For instance, if I suspect a trade to a better endgame is ...
To add something else to the other answers: I almost always offer a rematch and almost always accept a rematch but I sometimes need to run away to the toilet or to talk to someone at home or whatever else that needs attention. It is absurd to expect the readiness to accept any rematch.
My first thought was that black had won a piece by move 12, and should have been able to win without getting into such heavy complications. For instance, a move like 15...Qc7? is just a bad move from a strategic standpoint. It's not necessarily losing or anything, but black doesn't know for sure where the queen is supposed to go, whereas black knows for sure ...
Was it smart of me to accept it since he was up by +1 and he only had 40 seconds left
The final position was a dead draw, so there was nothing wrong taking the draw offer. However, you would probably win the game by time if you had continue (assuming you had more than 40 seconds on the clock and no increment). Moved your king aimlessly, and pushed for h5-h4 ...
In this case, I will have to quote from the FICS FAQ (http://www.freechess.org/Help/HelpFiles/fics_faq.html):
39.My rating is over/under inflated.
Don't worry! Ratings are all relative anyway, not absolute. Compare your
FICS rating only to other FICS players, not to ratings from other groups.
Comparing your rating on FICS to a person's ...