Sunday, July 26, 2009

Why Blitz Is Not Good For Chess Training

Black to move, and stop white's mating attack

Here is a game that I played Sunday evening July 26, 2009 with a time control of 2 12rated blitz on the Internet Chess Club. This endgame resulted in a helpmate from my opponent, who could have stopped the mating attack and turn white's attack around and force a win against me.

Both players were completely blind to black's resources in preventing the mating attack. A disclaimer from myself, I did not try a swindle tactic here, hoping that Black would not see that he did have resources in preventing this mate.

Click on any move in game score and the postion will show up on the chess diagram, also by clicking on the variation in the parentheais, that variation will highlight in red and you can play out that variation......diamondback


This is why blitz is bad for chess training purposes, because Blitz does offer enough time to see completely all the vaiations in your attack. Sure , Blitz is fun , especially if you win, but to use it as a chess training tool, it is very limited in learning chess openings and some tactital training.

[Event "ICC 2 12"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.07.26"]
[Round "-"]
[White "diamondback"]
[Black "gericho9"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black checkmated"]
[WhiteElo "1011"]
[BlackElo "1135"]
[Opening "Scandinavian (center counter) defense"]
[ECO "B01"]
[NIC "SD.02"]
[Time "19:53:37"]
[TimeControl "120+12"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. O-O Be7 7. d4 O-O
8. a3 b6 9. Bf4 Bb7 10. Nb5 Na6 11. Ne5 Bd5 12. Qe2 Bxc4 13. Qxc4 Nd5 14.
Nc6 Qe8 15. Bg3 Bd8 16. Nbxa7 Ne7 17. Nxd8 Rxa7 18. Nxe6 fxe6 19. Qxe6+ Kh8
20. Bh4 Ng6 21. Qh3 Nxh4 22. Qxh4 Qb5 23. Qe7 Qf5 24. Rae1 Raa8 25. Re5 Qxc2
26. Rfe1 h6 27. Qe6 Rxf2 28. Qg4 Qxb2 29. Re8+ Rxe8 30. Rxe8+ Kh7 31. Qe4+
g6 32. Qe7+ Rf7 33. Qxf7# {Black checkmated} 1-0

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