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mate_you_in_fifty 24 ( +1 | -1 )
OTB blitz How are such games timed accurately? I've never seen one in practice so I was curious. Are the same 'flag' clocks used as in 2 hr games? If there are only 1 or 2 minutes left,then surely fast reflexes matter as much as skill?
olympio 16 ( +1 | -1 )
i've seen a video of kasparov training for lightning tournaments.. his mands move faster than i could see. he seems to be a very well coordinated fellow
atrifix 1 ( +1 | -1 )
Fast reflexes are skill.
mate_you_in_fifty 2 ( +1 | -1 )
I should've said... Chess skill
riga 16 ( +1 | -1 )
chronos clocks are generally used. And the time pressure makes you really on intuition instead of analysis. If you've never played blitz, your missing out on instinctual chess.
olympio 26 ( +1 | -1 )
however as you probably also know. playing lots of blitz can really RUIN your chess as well.. try a year of 1 minute games on a real-time chess site. then come back here and notice a downfall in ur ability to analyze..
indiana-jay 368 ( +1 | -1 )

I think the secret to play a blitz is to enforce oneself to only think when opponent's clock is ticking. It must be easy to find a candidate like moving a King one square or advancing a pawn one square.

Riga talked about intuition and instinct contained in blitz while olympio stated that playing lots of blitz can ruin one's chess. I'm agree that in most of the cases, blitz are not as usefull as ordinary chess to improve our skill. But what is the definition of blitz anyway? 5 minutes game? 15 minutes game? 30 minutes game? Well, may be blitz (or lightning) had been "defined" for 5-minute games, but if 15 minute games are also blitz, I think they don't hurt as much.

I don't think that blitz can really "ruin" your chess. You will just temporarily be conditioned with doing less analysis on your moves, but will get back to normal when you start to play ordinary chess. But normally I think people play blitz simultaneously with ordinary chess.

I play blitz here for a reason. I have a very few experience playing chess. I used to play against computers in tournament standard, or just played with myself, or analyzed Masters' games. I found that this created problem with my skill.

I have been twice playing in tournaments. When I was a kid, in a junior championship I lost against the champion (who used to be the runner up), but have beaten the one who used to be the champion. What happened to me in that game was something I will never forget. His Rook was in an open file, then he doubled the Rooks, then one of the Rook got into my second back rank, then you know what happen when 2 Rooks are there swapping my pawns. This "tactics" is something I have LEARNT BY EXPERIENCE, not just later when I found it in a chess book.

My second tournament was when I was in the university. I was thrown away from the competition after making a terrible BLUNDER in a winning position. I threat opponent's Queen with an unguarded Rook!

I could win against a master, I could win against Chessmaster, but why I couldn't win against a "1500" in 15 minute games? (I surely had always beaten this fellow in longer games). I have concluded that beside intelligent and theory, experience is also mandatory. I did many blunders in GK, like my Queen and King got forked. I may claimed that I don't care, but why when I do care, I still make blunders? (I mean a blunder when I know it is a blunder)

By playing fast, I'm hoping to boost my experience. This experience hopefully will reduce the tendency to make blunders, and this experience hopefully will improve my level of play. Many highly rated players here said that you learn from mistakes. Is this really true? If this is true then why cannot I set the "mistake"? I have chosen moves (even when a winning move is available for me) where I think I could win, but I'm not sure 100%. Hopefully by experiencing (winning or loosing) I will be sure 100%. One example is being under my question now "Will an isolated passed pawn in the midle rank be a treasure or a nightmare?" There's no way you can transform your knowledge simply by telling me the answer.

With blitz I want to have more experience, and I want to reduce my tendency to make blunders... (Later on I hope I will beat you highly rated guys...)
riga 110 ( +1 | -1 )
my bluder on the weekend of june 15th, i was at a chess tourney and made such a mistake that cost me almost 200 dollars. It was a won position but not necessarially an easy one. it was my first match of the day and i just barelly got to the site in time. I had no time to practice with my friends (which we do in blitz games and the common definition of blitz is 5 min.) I went strait into the match with little mental readiness. I still managed to gain an advantage by the end game. I had a bishop and 4 pawns against his 6 pawns. AND I LOST. I was black. White pieces were P: a2,b3,c4,f2,g2,h2 K:g1
Black pieces were B:e5 P:a7,c7,c6,h6 K:b8. I didn't even really analyze to full extent even though i had 30 min left. The game drawing blunder is Kc8?? when an all out attack on his queen side pawns wins. I counted it would take me 13 moves to promote but i believed he would advance faster or at least as fast.

Blitz definetly helps to prepare your mind. It stops these blunders and makes your play better.

P.S 15 min isn't blitz unless your a chess master and IJ, i don't think that you can beat a chessmaster if you hang rooks, no offence
indiana-jay 13 ( +1 | -1 )
riga,
I beat Chesmaster only in tournament games (40 moves in 2 hours). Like I said, I'm worse at blitz. The faster, the worse.
anaxagoras 25 ( +1 | -1 )
In person to person chess, I prefere a half hour or forty five minute timed game to sitting there for two hours! Reverse on yahoo, where I can't compete with the five, three or one minute limits that are popular.
justawful 67 ( +1 | -1 )
Blitz Chess As I've said many times before, blitz chess ( 5, 2, 0r 1 min games) and timed chess are two different games and have to be played that way. OTB the only way to accurately time a 1 or 2 mi game is with a digital clock. On the internet it is accurately timed. Speed chess is extremely fun, and those that don't play it are missing a great deal of fun. As long as you are able to keep the two types of games separate, speed should not hurt your real game. In speed, moving quickly is far more important than moving accurately. In timed chess, the reverse is true. Simple as that. If you play for fun, as I do, speed chess can be a great addition to your chess repertoire.
lukulus 19 ( +1 | -1 )
blitz is game where you have less than 15 minutes per game.

Digital clock works with quarter of seconds, sou if you ar quick you vcan make 4 moves per second!
r_lawrence 48 ( +1 | -1 )
I used to be ... ... very opposed to blitz. I thought, 'bah, its totally against everything I've learned about really taking my time, analyzing, and making the best move" BUT .. I am really learning to enjoy it now, and see its value as far as opening practice, pattern recognition AND the simple fact, that even with nice long time controls, there still 'pop-up' those situations where you start to get in time trouble. If you've been playing blitz, you'll handle those situations better.
calmrolfe 48 ( +1 | -1 )
Blitz Blitz Chess is great. If I play at ten minute speed then I find I have quite a lot of time to plan my strategy and I can play quite a decent game.

Blitz chess is useful for practising new openings, If you play several games with the same opening then you get experience of any possible pitfalls you are likely to encounter when you play a serious game using that opening. In that way it helps you to prepare for important OTB games.

Kind regards,

Cal