Originally posted by Jusuh
its your intuition which needs to be improved and for that you need to play blitz and study tactics. solve easy chess problems and puzzles over and over again until you "know" the answer just by looking the position. thats called pattern recognizition and it is the main thing which separates novice players from club players and club players from masters.
^^ what that guy said and: -
** I define blitz anywhere from 2-6 min. all moves ***
5 things will help you improve
1) play bullet/lightening games (1 0) -- if you do this, you will get used to thinking quickly, and when you go back up to 3 min you will find that you have plenty of time to make reasonable moves.
2) generally, there are two types of tactical puzzle, the highly complex, multi-varaitional, etc ones, and the quick, easy an obvoius 1,2,3 move combo's (often mate)
To succeed in blitz you need to focus on the latter.
CTS is good for that (chessemerald.net ??)
3) the third, and slightly more sneaky thing is to understand the clock is the most important factor, its the main reason people win, be it by flagging or simply blunders in time pressure.
imagine a K+B+B+Q vs. K+Q endgame.... a very simple trick is to trade queens and watch them try to mate you in 20 secounds. (K+B+B is harder to do, thus with 20 secs on the clock less likely to do it)
little things like that will actaully get you far -- as you play, i'm sure you will think of a few.
4) change your opening repteroire, and learn several traps in common oppenings change to complex gambits, etc -- it doesn't paritucally matter if they are duboius and/or actually flawed (halloween attack)
and I'd Also recomend the KID as black, because you can pump out the first few moves almost regardless of what white is doing.
5) play the obvoius moves instantly.
if your in check with only 1 legal response, to which he has 3 possible (good) replies. DONT sit they on your turn thinking about a reply to each of those possible 3 things -- just play your move and wait to counter his response.