Originally posted by robbie carrobie
I love playing blitz, I love it, love it, love it, 10-15 min rated games, but dear
friends, there is simply no consistency, one minute i can be defeating someone 400
points above my rating, another times i am getting beaten up by persons 400 points
below my rating. I read somewhere that in blitz, its not a question of making good
moves, but ...[text shortened]... rceive an unwillingness to take my opponents plans into consideration, but thats just the start!
I personally hate blitz, there is no time for deep ideas, but if you want to improve your game.
1.Learn a weird-ass, yet somewhat sound opening. Blitz is a game of intuition and reaction. Players with good opening prep are good players in blitz, if they've studied the lines used in the game. Study something not as popular as like the Nimzowitsch gambit against the french, the center game, the scotch gambit, or something of the like. The key is to find something most players aren't booked up on, and become an expert on it.*
2.Practice tactics, but not hard ones. Blitz is about fast reaction. I can't tell you how many games I've lost on time in a winning position. Make a study of simple one-move blunders, and two-move tactics. Try to burn patterns in your memory, so you don't have to rely on deep calculation*
3.Make a study of every game you play. Most blitz players make the mistake of immediately seeking another game after they win or lose one. Do not do this if you want to be good. Study every blitz game you play and find the decisive moment where you or your opponent lost. Find a better line, and keep it in mind*
*Blitz is useful mostly as a time-management tool to develop intuition, if you're serious about real chess, just don't play it unless you have to. I personally hate playing fast games, but some of my club mates refuse to play games slower than 10 min, therefore I have to play it occasionally.