Lightning Chess

Lightning chess or “blitz chess” typically refers to 5-minute chess. Each player gets 5 minutes for the entire game. There may or may not be a few extra seconds per move with a Fischer clock. Usually there is no requirement to write down the game on a scoresheet. And usually it is allowed to “take the King” if your opponent leaves their King en prise.

Blitz chess is a particular type of “rapid play chess”. 10-minute chess is often called “allegro chess”. 15-minute chess is often called “rapid play”.

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