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Blitz is the German word for lightning. Often used figuratively as in blitzschnell (as fast as lightning).

In American football, a blitz is a defensive maneuver in which one or more defensive backs, who normally remain behind the line of scrimmage during a play, are instead sent across the line to the opponent's side in order to try to tackle the quarterback.

A Chess Blitz is a fast Chess-game with only 5 minutes for each player.

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