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What is Banter?
“Banter” redirects here. For the BBC radio show, see Banter (radio show).
Banter is short witty sentences that bounce back and forth between individuals. Often banter uses clever put-downs and witty insults, misunderstandings (often intentional), zippy wisecracks, zingers, flirtation, and puns. The idea is each line of banter should “top” the one before it and in short a verbal war of wit without any physical contact.
Films that have used banter as a way of structure in conversations are:
The Big Sleep (1946)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Important factors in delivering a banter is the subtext, situation and the rapport with the person. Every line in a banter should be able to evoke both an emotional response and ownership without hurting one’s feelings. Following a structure that the involved parties understand is important, even if the subject and structure is absurd, a certain level of progression should be kept in a manner that it connects with the involved parties.
Different methods of story telling could be used in delivering banter, like making an unexpected turn in the flow of structure (interrupting a comfortable structure), taking the conversation towards an expected crude form with evoking questions, doubts, self-conscientiousness (creating intentional misunderstandings) or layering the existing pattern with multiple anchors…etc. It is important to quit the bantering with the sensibility of playground rules, both parties shouldn’t obsess on topping each other, continuously after a certain point of interest. It is as Shakespeare said “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
What is Blitz Chess?
Time controls for each player in a game of blitz chess are, according to FIDE, 10 minutes or less per player. Can be “sudden death”, with no time increment per move; but may also be played with a small increment per move, a more recent development due to the influx of digital clocks. Three minutes with a two-second increment is preferred. In the case of time increments, the total time per player for a 60 move game must be 10 minutes or less (hence averaging 10 seconds or less per move: see “lightning” below).
For the FIDE World Blitz Championship, each player has 3 minutes, plus 2 seconds additional time per move starting from move 1.
The USCF define blitz chess as time controls between 5 and 10 minutes per player.
The terms blitz or blitzkrieg in chess sometimes means a quick attack on the f7 or f2 square early in the game, putting the king in check. This term is not limited to fast chess.
What is Chess24?
chess24.com is an Internet chess website in English, Spanish and German established in 2014.
Among people collaborating with chess24 are Grandmasters, International Masters, and Candidate Masters Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Artur Jussupow, Jan Gustafsson, Francisco Vallejo,  David Martinez, Lucas Winterburg, David Anton Guijarro, Pepe Cuenca, Dorsa Derakhshani, Sopiko Guramishvili, Iván Salgado, Carlos Martinez, Robert Baskin, Jan-Christian Schröder, Roeland Pruijssers, Jesús de la Villa, Anna Rudolf, Niclas Huschenbeth, Christof Sielecki, Mark Dvoretsky, Timur Gareyev, Kingscrusher, Roven Vogel, Sabrina Vega , Robin van Kampen, Daniel Forcén, Ángel Arribas, Ernesto Fernández, José Miguel Fernández, Marcos Camacho, Lawrence Trent, and Hou Yifan.
Chess24 provides live coverage of major international tournaments.
There is also an option of going premium on Chess24. Going premium allows deeper Stockfish analysis and also participation in events such as Banter Blitz. Banter Blitz allows Premium members to play with collaborators of Chess24.
Chess24 has the option of playing chess in a selected time control, playing with modified versions of Stockfish, joining informal online tournaments, as well as watching videos on chess. There are E-books about a vast amount of topics in chess. Many online chess courses are also available for members. A daily news feature is shown on the front page of this site featuring the new hot topics on chess.
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