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What Is Blitz Chess?

Learn what blitz chess is from Chess NYC in this Howcast video.


Hello this is David Sullivan from Chess NYC again, today I'd like to talk to you about blitz chess and use of a chess clock.

Most serious chess games are timed, and actually that's a really good thing. I think a lot of people are under the impression that chess is a really slow game, when actually it often is an extremely fast game.

One popular form of the game is called five minute blitz. On the clock face each side has five minutes, there's a button that corresponds to each side of the clock. When one person moves, they move, and with the same hand that they touch the piece, they touch their side of the clock. When they touch their side of the clock, their own times stops and their opponents time starts. Then their opponent makes a move, and touches the clock. And you keep making moves and hitting the clock, until either one side wins the game, there's a checkmate or a draw result, or somebody runs out of time on the clock. If you run out of time on the clock, you lose.

My personal addiction, is one minute blitz on the internet, in fact a friend of mine calls that video chess crack. Where you play, each side has one minute to make every move in the whole game, so that the entire game of chess will last less than two minutes. You're packing the whole thing into less than two minutes and it produces a thrill which is unusual and it's so addictive, that's why he calls it what I called it, it's the best game in the world.

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