I played a FICS game this morning and I think this game illustrates precisely why I have a much lower blitz rating (which someone commented about last night, suspecting I must be cheating at Standard) than Standard rating. Even someone at the club thought that people cheat on the internet, but I think they think that because their “game” is to play fast.
In this game, my lower-rated opponent sort of brought his “blitz game” (disregard how much time was spent on the moves) and I brought my “OTB game” – granted, the game only took me around 20 minutes to play.
In the opening, I see c4 preceded by Nf3 so seldom that I didn’t realize that it takes away my standard …e5 response and offers a Catalan for Black instead. I “tried” to play a King’s Indian, and yet thought I had “goofed” with …Re8 (since you normally see it on f8 in the KID), and yet I still apparently got a comfortable, reasonable, interesting opening position (granted that his Qb3 next to the apparently useless c4 is not so hot and that he blundered a few times).
In sum, it’s not that my blitz game is so bad (it is) but rather, IMHO, that blitz is simply bad chess all-around. Lots of brilliant moves and positions occur in nearly every blitz game, but if you can’t slow down to extract the most out of every position, then it is simply not quite the same game.
I just played a blitz game that I really like. It shows that a simple positional win is possible in Blitz, even as Black, even if blitz is hopeless for me when it comes to more complex, open positions – not because I don’t play them well, but there is too much to look at to avoid hanging pieces, pins and forks.