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The speed in blitz chess is a lot about having the textbook knowledge to know directly which opening the opponent is playing and not wasting time analysing, but committing to a known and good response. End game in blitz can be a lot about just making not to terrible moves in the hope of your opponent running out of time or making a mistake. And at least decent hand-eye coordination so that you don't waste time when moving/punching the clock.

A somewhat interesting strategy for blitz is to play underused openings - not used because they are not that good if met with proper defense - in the hope that the opponent does not know it, and thus has to waste time coming up with a defense.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 03:41:07 PM EST
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