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that's why you should never give up when playing me - there's always the possibility that i'm going to do something dumb that almost gives the game away
like i did twice with you (i was like "i'm pretty sure i'm winning, so why am I running away from his attacks like i'm trying to keep my lunch money?")
I play blitz A LOT, and I cannot tell you how much I feel like the Saints when I play, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory CONSTANTLY. Like, I will be up, WAAAAAY up and then move one piece to the ONE square out of sixty-four that I shouldn't and then lose on a nigh statistically impossible outcome. Sometimes, I just shake my head like, FML.
 

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I play blitz A LOT, and I cannot tell you how much I feel like the Saints when I play, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory CONSTANTLY. Like, I will be up, WAAAAAY up and then move one piece to the ONE square out of sixty-four that I shouldn't and then lose on a nigh statistically impossible outcome. Sometimes, I just shake my head like, FML.

I have tried to play blitz and it really feels like it uses a different part of the brain - I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually does (would like to see some research on that).

I like the idea of blitz and will probably play more when I feel like most of my moves, especially opening, are basically automated. But I have definitely seen how even in rapid games, there can be big swings of momentum (probability of winning). An attack can fizzle and turn to vulnerability or a blunder changes everything. I suspect it’s even more dramatic in blitz. That’s cool
 

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I play blitz A LOT, and I cannot tell you how much I feel like the Saints when I play, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory CONSTANTLY. Like, I will be up, WAAAAAY up and then move one piece to the ONE square out of sixty-four that I shouldn't and then lose on a nigh statistically impossible outcome. Sometimes, I just shake my head like, FML.
Only barely tangential to this - but I was watching Euro Cup and realized I should play chess more like soccer- try to press, but if things get packed then pull back to loosen up the opponent (in fact I think Chuck is trying that with a bishop now)
But of course knowing what to do and how to do it are vastly different things
 

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I have tried to play blitz and it really feels like it uses a different part of the brain - I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually does (would like to see some research on that).

I like the idea of blitz and will probably play more when I feel like most of my moves, especially opening, are basically automated. But I have definitely seen how even in rapid games, there can be big swings of momentum (probability of winning). An attack can fizzle and turn to vulnerability or a blunder changes everything. I suspect it’s even more dramatic in blitz. That’s cool
Yup. The ebb and flow of a blitz game is insane, not for the faint of heart. I have seen SO many games where people are just shaking their heads afterward like HOW IN THE WORLD DID THAT HAPPEN?!?!

You might be right on separate parts of the brain being used. But SOMETIMES I will see something and have no idea why but it's like my Spidey Sense is tingling in a good way and I will sac a piece with no endgame in sight and it will work. I sac'd a queen on a knight once because they knight was anchored too deeply and I just felt it was gonna be more trouble than it's worth. I ended up winning that game. I once had both rooks taken for bishops, and ended up winning. I think sometimes people think, I am up in material, therefore I don't have to think as hard, and then they get caught off guard.
 

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I am losing matches because of one stupid move. If I can keep from making the dumb move, I am competitive.

I am currently in a couple of close matches with some random strangers. I am playing a pretty smart game with Guido. I am really surprised at how well I am doing in that one.
 

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I am currently in a couple of close matches with some random strangers. I am playing a pretty smart game with Guido. I am really surprised at how well I am doing in that one.
not to burst your bubble , but that’s like being impressed your round earth theory is holding up against the flat earther
 

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not to burst your bubble , but that’s like being impressed your round earth theory is holding up against the flat earther
Lol. Actually, I am just happy I haven’t made a huge blunder yet. I usually have at least one a game. You just seem to have caught a good game from me.
 

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