Originally posted by tvochess
I play RHP blitz a few times a week. I hoped this would stimulate/ speed up my tactical thinking. I think it is improving, but I keep losing a lot by my own faults... :-)
I'm not sure if playing blitz should help your opening play. There is not much time to think and losing a tempo in the opening hurts. Probably, it is a good way to become acquainted to new openings, because you encounter lots of variations in a short time period.
This is exactly how I use blitz - as an introduction to new openings. It helps identify the variations that need more study.
For actually learning the openings, I don't think blitz only helps much. Something like blitz some, go back to the books and study some, blitz improved variations, go back and study more, is more helpful.
For me personally, however, I retain "lessons" from slower games better, though. One really useful feature of RHP is to learn the openings better.