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Strategy Comparison: Blitz Chess vs Regular Chess

Posted by Mike Brady on

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Blitz chess is always a hot topic for discussion among chess players. 

The blitz-debate divides the chess community into two groups:

  • Those who find blitz chess to be beneficial
  • Those who find blitz chess detrimental.

The first group view blitz (also known as fast chess) as an indispensable tool that improves their adaptability...

...while the second group would argue that it hurts your ability to truly learn the game.

Let’s take a look at each type of game a little more closely to understand the pros and cons of both styles.

Blitz For The Win

Blitz is a fast variation of chess that requires players to make their moves within a very short period of time.

Whether you’re playing a blitz tournament or just a few games online, one thing is for certain: after making so many moves in such a short time span, you might feel like your brain is about to explode!

Rules vary depending on the kind of game being played, but for the most part, players are forced to make nearly-snap judgments about the game and make their move accordingly.

Proponents of blitz chess cite three reasons for it's positive influence on chess players:

  1. Playing a quick chess match strengthens your ability to think on your feet.
  2. Blitz chess is a great way to play a larger volume of games, thus giving players more data to study.
  3. Blitz allows players to practice a specific set of themes or moves in a small period of time.

(Note: Want to try blitz chess for yourself? Browse our collection of chess clocks, perfect for fast chess games, by clicking HERE or on the image below.)

Even the most passionate blitz chess fans play regular chess as well, and most of them think of blitz as a way to improve their overall chess skills...

...but those who aren’t fans of blitz chess will make sure you know where they stand.

Blitz-haters argue that playing at such a high rate of speed can’t possibly help to foster any legitimate strategies, and in fact, can cause your skill level to decrease. The concern is forcing your brain to go into a superficial mode of play where you make arbitrary moves instead of calculating a plan.

Old School, Clock-Less Chess

Players who consider themselves to be true students of the game will tell you that regular chess is far superior to blitz.

Unlike a fast chess game, players are allowed to take as much time as they need, allowing them to develop complex strategies and implement a series of moves that they have had success with in the past.

Taking the time to play a regular chess game lets you analyze your patterns and sharpens your skills. Old school chess players take pride in spending hours on one game, finding beauty in the challenge of creating a masterpiece that’s already anticipated the next ten moves.

One can say that to truly learn a skill, it takes hours of practice and repetition, and regular chess provides that opportunity.

Some players prefer to play one quick game and then move on with the rest of their day. This time constraint is quite possibly the only negative feedback regarding regular chess.

If you don’t have the time it takes to invest in a serious match or if you want to test some new strategies, then blitz might be up your alley.

Yet for anyone who wants to focus on honing in their skills, regular chess is the way to go.

(Note: You can bring new life to your chess matches with themed sets and pieces! Browse our themed chess sets by clicking HERE or below)

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