Originally posted by jjjeff1
About a year ago my online blitz rating for 5 0 games was 1500, and my standard rating for 15 0 was 1500. Now my standard is the same but i can't get my blitz much over 900. Is there any normal reason for this?
I took a break from blitz chess for a little more than a month and dropped about 500 points. Before the break, I was 1600+ on ICC in the 5-minute pool. After the break, I dropped to the 1100s. This wasn't just due to a high RD because the drop was steady and increasing after dozens of games. Of course, after a few more days of playing I started moving up to 1200, 1300, 1400, and now 1500+. During all this, my standard chess strength did not change.
Blitz is rather mindless. It's mostly about instinct and preparation (playing openings quickly is essential for 5 0). Most of the beauty and complexity of chess is reduced to the flip of a coin. There is no time for any serious planning, calculating or finesse so we are left to just replay our little learned script. With practice, the script is executed better and faster. At some point, the hand seems to move before the brain kicks in. That's when I know I'm at my best in blitz.
In the end, your chess is not substantially changed. You've gotten better at 5 0, not at chess in general. Your understanding is where it was from the start but you've adapted it to more effectively fit the time control. To better appreciate chess and improve, 15 0 or higher is probably necessary. Improving at this time control should generalize much better. To end my rant: don't worry about it.