Originally posted by GrandmousterI can't believe Heisman actually said that.
of course. Speed is a killer of strategy. "The best blitz players, are the best slow players" -Dan Heisman
Originally posted by pointWatch the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer." That should explain how "blitz" can hurt your slow game. It stands to reason that if all you ever do is play blitz, will you ever see deep into the subtleties of a position? Solve a 10 move combination with a sacrifice and an x-ray thrown in? No! Not even grandmasters take less than 10 minutes in the really deep combinations. Botvinnik made dang sure his combinations had do refutations before playing them. You just can't play the artistic game of chess without time to sculpt a beautiful position. You're most beautiful combinations tend to come in slow game among the greatest players throughout history. Once in a blue moon, I've pulled soon wicked combinations in 5 minute blitz chess, but it's only because my mind was so trained to that position. Blitz chess is about grab the throat and run. If you come down to 20 seconds for your opponent and he has more material than you, who can't waste those 20 seconds if they are nimble and quick on the board? I've been known to waste those seconds and end up winning with just my king and my pawn against various white pieces scattered around me. But, the other play cries because the clock won for me! How is that skill? I've said it before and I'll say it again, I've known 1300 standard rated players who are 1800 blitz chess players. It's because they're good at intensifying the complexities, throwing opponents off balance, attacking when there's really no attack but it's just to psych their opponent out. It's cute. But, it does nothing for the player who truly wants to get under the fabric of chess - combinations, destructive combinations, combinations to achieve tempo... you'll find more well thought out crystal clear positions in slow games, and to me they are more beauteous in context.
Will playing a lot of speed chess hurt your slow game?
Originally posted by RahimKMaybe you wernt listing to the same ChessFm broadcast, where he said pretty much those same words, as i was.
I can't believe Heisman actually said that.
I think it should be
The best slow players are good blitz players.
There are player who are great at blitz but suck at slow chess and there are players who are great at slow chess but, um... suck less at blitz.
I say blitz will come naturally to you after you become a great slow player since you know your opening better then, have experience in different positions, etc....
Originally posted by chesskid001Blitz can help your short term 1-2 move strategies, but kill long term thinking.
Blitz isn't neccasarily bad. The problem is that once you play blitz you get so invloved in the game you get addicted to it. Blitz can actually help you, but only in moderation. Blitz helps you in time pressure, and sharpens your intuition in chess positions. I say that play only one blitz game for every 9 slow games.
Originally posted by GrandmousterExactly! best blitzer because they developed their skills by slow play!
Maybe you wernt listing to the same ChessFm broadcast, where he said pretty much those same words, as i was.
He said, kasparov, anand, krammink, etc, are the best blitzers around, because they developed their skill's by playing slow games in major tourneys