Blitz: Good Or Bad?

The massive popularity of internet blitz means that I should address its effects on those who would like to improve. Actually it’s a complex issue and there probably isn’t a single answer that is right for everyone.

In general I think we should avoid mammoth blitz sessions into the wee small hours, especially when accompanied by a bottle of whisky. But for many players with busy lives it can be their only means of chess practice and as such can help them stay in shape.

Are the benefits of blitz strength related? Well my take is that weaker players should spend longer thinking over their moves because the quality of their thought is unlikely to be improved by adding speed. There again most Grandmasters seem to benefit without negative effects and here are a couple of outstanding blitz players indulging themselves:


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: