With this installment, I'd previously run across much of the content and have commented on my favorites elsewhere. Nevertheless, a standout for me was Blue Devil Knight's post on "Lessons from blitz" which is both entertaining and thought-provoking, including its 30 comments. The subject of blitz chess tends to raise a lot of passion in the chess improvement community, with some hardcore folks in both the pro- and anti-blitz contingents.
Personally, I now avoid blitz completely. Since this will probably be the only post I ever do on the topic, I'll mention the main reasons why:
- My primary improvement needs are my thought process and endgame skills. Blitz will assist poorly or not at all with these areas of my game.
- Playing internet blitz normally involves lots of games with random people. Inevitably, a certain, not-insignificant percentage of them will be jerks. I have no need to meet more of them in my life, my blood pressure is borderline as it is.
- Blitz easily becomes obsessive and a time suck. I need to budget my time more effectively for chess improvement and enjoyment.
- I simply enjoy other aspects of playing and studying more.