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bunta 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Rapid/blitz chess I played in a Rapid chess tournament yesterday, gave good games to much stronger and higher rated opponents than myself but they simply outplay me because I'm in time pressure. It was my first ever rapid chess tournament (Time control: 20mins + 3 seconds a move). How does one improve in that time limit? Is it just a adjustment I have to get used to or lack of experience? Any suggestions?
ccmcacollister 97 ( +1 | -1 )
You might try ... Know your openings and decide what will be played before you start so as not to use any time on a decision that can be made before the clock starts. If you can get in 10 or 12 moves with little thought, great.
Try to divide your game up then into three 5 minute parts if you can. Leaving the extra 5 minutes for problems. If you know several endgames particularly well it is helpful. Especially R+P and K+P. Then you should just about be able to play them with the +3 seconds. Tho hopefully there is more left than that, to play the ending well.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to try to use the clock on your behalf against the opponents, just try to maintain level time between you. Continue increasing pace until your games start showing early errors. Then slow down and maintain that as your maximum pace in your games for awhile until you are used to it and can try reducing time again.
marinvukusic 34 ( +1 | -1 )
... I see you are very young and want to become "a very strong player".

My advice: don't focus primarily on Rapid/Blitz time control.

It will ruin your play in rated games. I have seen a lot of talented players get stuck at my level (which could be described as "solid player") due to bad habits developed in Blitz.
bunta 29 ( +1 | -1 )
That is what I thought I still think 20mins + 3 seconds is a relatively slow time control, I mean its not too fast that it will ruin your play. So what do you suggest to improve my chess? 60mins the fastest time limit? Please suggest, it would be very much appreciated.
kansaspatzer 22 ( +1 | -1 )
If I could give up blitz altogether, it might give me what I need to break the 1800 barrier OTB, my lifetime goal. However, since OTB blitz is such a big part of my social life, I realistically don't see it happening.
premium_steve 66 ( +1 | -1 )
i would suggest writing down your game up to a point, even in games with short time controls. when you get into time trouble - maybe when you get to ten minutes, or whenever you start feeling you need to hurry - then stop recording and try to play the best you can.

also, when you finish the games with stronger opponents try to ask if they will go over the game with you for a couple of moments.
if they are rated higher or win the game, they might have seen some tricks or ideas to share that hadn't occurred to you. things like that might help you in future games.
lighttotheright 54 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't think Blitz is a bad thing to do every now and then; but, playing it as a priority will ruin your game. Blitz can help train players how to use their time wisely, particularly in the opening. If you do play blitz, then I suggest you also play with longer time controls. You should restrict the amount of time you spend playing quick games; but you shouldn't eliminate them completely. You need a good balance; but few find it because quick games are so much easier to find willing opponents.