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  1. 06 Jul '11 03:17
    I've tried this and it hasn't done me any good at all.
    No harm either just zero improvement.

    So,did you try it?If it helped then how did you go about it?
  2. 06 Jul '11 08:08
    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.
  3. 06 Jul '11 11:06
    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.
  4. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    06 Jul '11 13:11
    works okay, and VERY well for consolidating what you've learned from books etc.


    book up
    blitz
    book up
    blitz
    book up
    blitz
    .
    .
    .


    -by far the fastest way to wrap your head around a new opening.
  5. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    10 Jul '11 20:36
    Originally posted by wormwood
    works okay, and VERY well for consolidating what you've learned from books etc.


    book up
    blitz
    book up
    blitz
    book up
    blitz
    .
    .
    .


    -by far the fastest way to wrap your head around a new opening.
    IMO- I find this method overrated. I have gone through 5 years of blitz games I have played and found that and very low percentage (maybe 5-10😵 actually are in lines that I have seen in classical time controls. Now maybe with a different opening repertoire that might not be the case but I see an awful lot of 1... b6 etc type stuff playing blitz.
  6. 10 Jul '11 23:24
    Originally posted by nimzo5
    IMO- I find this method overrated. I have gone through 5 years of blitz games I have played and found that and very low percentage (maybe 5-10😵 actually are in lines that I have seen in classical time controls. Now maybe with a different opening repertoire that might not be the case but I see an awful lot of 1... b6 etc type stuff playing blitz.
    Blitz seems to help me just as a complement, not as a fundamental aspect of opening study. I think about and become familiar with more variations.