No deep philosophical discussions this week, witty musing, perhaps self-motivational pep talk on the game…
No This blog is dedicated to my pretty-awful blitz game.. On chess.com I’m only around an ELO 1000 at it. with the average being around 1200 this means I am significantly worse at blitz than the average chess.com user….
“Blitz Chess kills your ideas” says the Great Bobby Fisher…. Yes I know! ‘Blitz is a poor way to improve’ says another guy in the back of the room. I Get it! Boy do I get it.
Blitz chess Isn’t, and won’t be a big preoccupation*….. My purpose is to understand chess- and master it (to the degree that an amateur old guy can) and that means giving myself the benefit of some time to figure out what is going on at the chess board.
But it still bothers me, that the average chess.com user who comes along and fights the hoards on the world-wide web can get to about 1200 (near most peoples initial rating), and I who has worked for nearly a year now solving thousands of chess puzzles- pouring over my games for insights- paying for books and tutoring can barely crack 1000.
Anyway I can complain- or give myself “good advice”- or even look up “good advice” (though frankly, I’m really well read)… but that really doesn’t do much.
Instead I’ve taken some definite action! I’ve done an experiment ….
“My Blitz Experiment” earlier in the week, I played 5 games of blitz (G10) against comparable opponents- losing 2 and winning 3. Getting about the same poor results I would expect. Now the interesting part- I now go over the move 1 by 1 on a chess board recording my choice at 20 seconds, 1 minute and if needed 2 minutes. I take this score to my PC engine and look to see where my choices are…. Where does my analysis rate compared to the game; and particularly comparing quicker and slower responses?
I have only done this (for now) for one of my first loss- but the results are interesting.
- First this game was really decided by time; and my analysis shows that I did struggle with time; even in the analysis “Blitz” portion of the study. Of the 25 moves- I couldn’t come up with a reasonable choice is :20, with 5 moves.
- I came up with a better reaction to the opening given a longer period of time; and its likely a good investment in blitz play to slow down after the first few moves of rote. The opponent often makes odd moves in blitz that have hidden downsides (development, space, pawn structure)… Being aware of the consequences of their ‘creative’ play could win a lot of games of blitz I think.
- I expected that that the longer time spent looking over the position would ‘carry over’ to the quick moves. NOT True. Despite the extra time looking on previous moves, A blitz move during analysis was as good during analysis as it was during the game. About half the time the same move; sometimes better, sometimes worse. This means I can’t spend the first several moves thinking deeply at the game; then play the rest of the game rapidly. the game is too unpredictable for that (for me).
- A very interesting 20 and 21st move. Where in analysis; with the longer time I make a material losing blunder on the 20- that I don’t make in blitz. And then on the following move, I avoid losing material on the 21st move with a the longer time. ON both moves, during analysis- I have no blitz move. ( I knew the move was important and took the longer time to work it out)… which means…
- Taking longer times doesn’t guarantee I won’t lose to tactics. Basically I tried to get tricky and ran into an unexpected refute.
- on the other hand, in the blitz game, I lost material to the 21st move because of a pin (discovered attack) that had been in play for many moves. In the haste of blitz I forgot about it. obvious errors increase in the quicker game.
This blog Could be called “IN Blitz, Time becomes an extra piece.” And that is perhaps its only real draw for me….. oh and I want to quite being embarrassed by a class E/(F?) blitz elo.