Originally posted by exigentsky
Is it just me or is it a lot harder to get a high blitz rating. For example, I'm 1800-1850 standard on ICC and only 1500-1550 Blitz. Part of the reason for this is that a lot of subtle strategy I have time to employ in standard games is not possible in blitz. Thus, a lot of positional details that I can leverage in standard are replaced by simple moves de ...[text shortened]... ratings are as meaningful as standard ratings, but I do think that they're harder to obtain.
Don't forget that your opponent also has limited subtle strategy in blitz, so it is down to where you have had the most practice. A correspondence player who hasn't had much practice at blitz wouldn't be as good at blitz, and vice versa.
I have observed that as I get better at correspondence, my blitz play has gradually been improving. I figure it is because in correspondence, you have more practice at looking deeper into the position. Therefore end up spotting these patterns better.
Naturally you still need to practice blitz before you see the benefit though. You have to get used to seeing it all in your head, rather than playing through the moves through "Analyse Board" or on a separate board.