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!


  1. I don't play bullet chess for this exact reason, I play the game for strategic purposes while having fun and bullet chess is not really that

  2. Ya so bullet is good for pattern memory and reflexes so I like it but kinda weird, funny tho when I win in the first 20 seconds after they blunder a queen

  3. bullet chess effected the players even when they shook hand and stood up they gad dam fast

  4. Chess with any time limit is bullet chess to me

    (I am bad at chess)

  5. When I started playing bullet bc I thought it would make me better bc it's harder, it just made me worse. It's still fun tho

  6. Bullet will help you get quicker reaction time but zero improvement on strategy.

  7. I still like bullet bc it's very hard but it's not real chess. I still don't consider rapid and blitz real chess too

  8. 1400 rapid to 1200 💀
    But bullet remained unchanged

  9. I never liked bullet I already knew from the jump if I want to take chess serious, it’s to play long time controls and think through all of my moves

  10. From someone who completely learned chess from bullet mode you learn a lot fast it’s really good to learn you become faster and make the same moves as rapid games after enough practice

  11. honestly for me I play 3 minutes because I have no time, not because I don't want to learn strategy! also I don't advise starting a rapid game on the bus.

  12. bullet is really good to practice, it requires fast thinking and you won't have anymore time problems in other modes, you also get better in a shorter time.

  13. I mostly play rapid chess so this isn’t a problem for me

  14. I like to switch between faster games and longer games, so my brain got used to looking at the timer and seeing if I have time to think 😅

  15. This is exactly what happens to me. I’m 950 in bullet but whenever I play I lose like 30 points in rapid if I play right after

  16. Bullet chess is the only mode that I can win with 10+ blunders

  17. bullet chess is my opinion sucks ass because xoure speedruning chess so you cant think fast enough so you make a blunder because 1 minute is so cool

  18. I will usually practice with mainly 10 minute games and a handful of bullet games for fun. I have to separate the two variants in my mind and stay aware of the fact that bullet chess is not going to help my overall understanding of chess in the same way that rapid or longer form games will.
    I’ve definitely had days where I played several bullet games and then a ten minute game and just thrown out my opening theory and endgame tactics. Those games where you know fully that so many of your moves are blunders hurt the most.

  19. I am pretty well rated in rapid, but I absolutely suck at bullet, a difference of like 600 ELO but because I never have time, I play bullet anyway

  20. Then there is magnus… Magnus really is him

  21. I actually like playing bullet chess for the reason that it helps me notice mates in 1’s quicker and eventually I see it often in my rapid games

  22. I still love watching blitz 1 | 0 games especially irl because everyone's panicking and pieces just fly everywhere

  23. Meanwhile me who just move this move that confusing my opponent so i have so much time

  24. I don't like playing chess that much. I mostly just play bullet, not chess.

  25. This only works if your processing speed isn’t Hikaru level. 🙄

    So it doesn’t work for me.

  26. chessscape: bullet chess destroysyour game
    Le Hikaru: Are u sure ?

  27. doesn't matter ,what matter is you having fun from playing a chess

  28. It's still good to play bullet sometimes though to learn how to not waste time overthinking

  29. Well I should have learned that earlier 😭😭😭

  30. The only reason i love playing bullet chess are fucking chess cheater would not playing it..if cheater play it there will be disaster for them since they will making move 3 or 4 second each move

  31. I was about to object, but tbh I agree lol

  32. I played bullet for like 2 weeks straight I went back to rapid and I got completely destroyed went from 500 elo down to 300

  33. that's so true. my rating went down temporarily after I started playing bullet but my blitz rating improved a lot as I can think faster and I never lose on time

  34. This is true i played rapid only rapid then i tried bullet and now i don't want to play rapid bcs i don't want to play for 20 min and then loose

  35. What about 3min chess plitz

  36. I played against someone who only plays bullet and I was down a rook but had 2 more pawns. so I lured his rook to be in line with his king so I can skewer the rook and king and he fell for it. but instead of just losing a rook he blocked the check with his rook and lost both of his rooks

  37. Bullet chess is just making the difficulty from hard to nightmare

  38. Solution: play bullet chess and rapid chess

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