BULLET Chess Is Bad For You

BULLET Chess Makes You Play Worse.
Bullet chess is a variant of chess that is played with very fast time controls, usually only 1 minute to play for the whole game! with each player having only a few seconds to make their moves. But why the best players in the world think it’s not “real chess”?

1- you noticed how? when you switch to a more serious chess time control you keep thinking as if you were still in a bullet mode?

2- you suddenly rely on reflexes and intuition rather than careful thought and analysis. This can be useful in some situations like a zeitnot (a zeitnot happens when you dont have time to finish your game and you are in time trouble to avoid losing the game, but it may also lead to poor decision-making and a lack of understanding of deeper positional and strategic concepts.

3- It can lead to a lack of practice in other areas of your game: like endgame technique that you hate spending time on, right?

It’s important to keep in mind that bullet chess is just one variant of chess and should not be the sole focus of your chess training. While playing bullet chess can be a fun and fast-paced way to play the game, it is simply not the way to go about learning chess

In order to keep improving, it’s important to practice your positional play and strategy, tactics, and endgame technique. These will help develop your ability to evaluate positions objectively and make good decisions during your games. Do not let bullet chess distract you from practicing these other important areas!

140 Comments

  1. Bullet is great for YouTube videos since people have the attention span of goldfish. I uploaded a game that is literally 20 seconds long, and 60% people swiped away.

  2. I stopped playing bullet. I sometimes play blitz, mostly because I have a very low rating there and can try some tricks I learned from YT. But this is just for fun.
    Otherwise I play rapid 10 or 15/10, where I can really take my time

  3. this entire idea can be flipped, if you play chess too slow, you may start over evaluating and over thinking positions, and by looking at each piece individually, you never learn to grasp the broad concept of the board. whereas in bullet and faster modes, you build chess intuition and quick reflexes to a) save you on time, and b) give you the ability to analyze much faster, and as such when switching to slower modes, you can reach much higher depths of analysis due to the built intuition

  4. Very accurate I was about to hit 1500 20 points away. Until I started playing bullet . My rapid rating went down to 1380.

  5. Why does it have to be so addictive tho? lol

  6. I was 1300s in Rapid!!
    I always relied on Rapid Games. Later I switched to Bullet and Blitz…. I am 1000+ rated there but now I slipped to 1100s in Rapid!!

  7. It improve my tactical skills tho, the important is you analyze your games win or lose

  8. Bruh, i was 1100 rapid and i played 20 bullet games and my rapid elo is 1100 and goes to 993 πŸ™ that's why my elo in blitz and bullet are 500 because i dont like playing it because of time pressure and im also easy to get mad at.

  9. I remember when I used to play 20 seconds chess
    Crazy stupid decisions in those

  10. thats bullshit. carlsen, naka, firouzja, all amazing and best in bullet. "bad for you" is just coping

  11. Me who only plays bullet with pre moves πŸ’€

  12. I swear at this point bullet games are like TikTok vids for me

  13. Magnus the goat, 10 strait years world champion, and now bullet chess world champion….. It only says that you are bad at chess

  14. I used to play bullet chess but when I came back to rapid chess, it felt like I was worse.

  15. That's why a 10min rapid game's better and ideal. 30 min is way too much.

  16. This is why I was better at chess before bullet games.πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€

  17. I almost never play bullet but when I play people in real life who are like β€œoh you play chess? Let’s play!” I always play my moves instantly to make it fair lol.

  18. The only thing is that rapid is so slow and just ends up me waiting for a long damn time just for a move that dont make sense considering im still in 500s

  19. Perhaps some people just want to play bullet. Maybe they know they aren't ever gonna be good at regular chess and they like bullet. Who knows!

  20. Yeah the youth have also screwed up the game of chess. Instant gratification… You can't sit down and play a game. You have to rush through it.

  21. Thats true , i dont think much in 15min matches now just make moves in less than 5 sec which makes my postion bad majorly

  22. As someone who hates fast time controls, I support this message πŸ˜‚

  23. i think its trains your intuition, i think it can be helpful

  24. Youll never know how I am getting called a nerd so much.

  25. That’s why I don’t play blitz that much

  26. I used to give random moves while playing bullet and win every match by time πŸ˜‚
    While the opponents time gets finished

  27. My Bullet peak 2370 , superblitz 2250, rapid 2000. I love bullet

  28. Bullet improved my game a lot. You can plat 20 bullet games vs 1 rapid. Helps you become an expert in openings and lightning quick. Also helps when you really are low on the clock. You learn to spot threats and simple tactics immediately. Bullet is very very helpful training. You just have to tell yourself to slow down in longer time controls and think deeper.

  29. The best players don't think it's real chess? πŸ€” til Magnus hates bullet chess.

  30. It's so funny that they took German words and translated them weirldy

  31. Funny how the used a woman in the Queens gambit, when there has NEVER been a woman would champion, or even in the top 10. But that is Hollywood, they think the entire would is a social construct and if we put women in mens roles, they can do everything a man can πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I suggest a 10 event men against women, each gender chose their best in engeniering, MMA, obstacle course, chess, math , running. Just to see if the women can win one of those .

  32. I only rely on winning in time😒

  33. "It's all bullet and it's bad for ya!"

    -George Carlin probably

  34. I went from 1m and 3m to 5m and 10m and sometimes above, now I enjoy chess. Believe me, I do.

  35. Some fast, some slow. Depends on the position

  36. bullet chess is the best way to train

    if you're below 1000 and you keep blundering and not seeing good moves even after 1 minute has passed in rapid or blitz, its time you play bullet, in bullet, the higher rank you are, the faster your enemies can see the good moves and the bad moves, weaknesses, strengths, and much more in just 1 second. This would lead you to be as fast like them, as the saying goes "Adapt or Die".

    and after you get 1000 rating on bullet, once you go to rapid or blitz, you will be surpised how you can find brilliant moves and great moves really easily, as well as ranking up and winning games as if it was nothing.

    in short, bullet trains your chess vision, if you dont train your chess vision, you will lose 90% or even 100% of your games. The saying "Bullet transferring to longer time games such as rapid would make you lose since you play moves faster and you think less" is false, this is only true if you're a dumbass who plays fast on rapid games not knowing what tf is going on and not taking your time to analyze the board and think more critically.

    Bullet is good.

  37. I will say though, bullet made me learn my tactics well πŸ˜‚

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