Originally Posted by garcia1000
Here is a blitz game I played.
I deliberately made an unsound rook sacrifice for not much compensation because it would give white a lot of chances to go wrong. I would never make such a move in a longer time control.
Is this adapting to blitz play or creating bad habits?!
Edit: It seems like in blitz, getting the initiative (having the opponent react to your threats) is much more important than in standard games.
The initiative is one of the most critical tools in standard games, especially at high levels of play!! Often times players sacrifice vast amounts of material just to obtain it without an explicitly clear path to immediately mate or regain the material.
One of the biggest benefits of playing blitz is to work on your intuition. Your rook sacrifice here is not really great because you have Nd5 instead, which also keeps pressurizing white without giving him time to get organized and does it for free. BUT, the idea of your rook sacrifice is great and it's also something you should certainly be more than willing to do in a slow game.
I mean you are sacrificing material to pose a ton of problems to your opponent. This is not an unsound idea. It often turns out that he simply cannot meet all the problems you can pose, even if he plays absolutely perfectly! This is not unique to blitz. Give me black's side even after your premature Rxh3 (I say premature since I think after Nd5 it becomes a critical idea after like Nd5 Ba3 and I think Rxh3 is probably decisive) in a 2 hour game and I'm pretty sure I still win it the vast majority of the time - although I haven't deeply analyzed it, but it seems very like black's initiative isn't going anywhere and white has a long and extremely difficult, if possible, defense ahead of him.
So good play, bad mindset.