Originally posted by incandenza
I say use it: use the resources that are available and appropriate for the type of game you're playing.
If I were playing basketball, I wouldn't keep running up and down the court unnecessarily to help me train for a marathon.
Exactly. If you intend to play only correspondence chess, you can spend days and weeks planning your moves. You can write down variations. You can use analyse board.
Over the board, the skills involved are very different - mental reslience, visualisation, and even speed of thought become more vital.
However, one thing is universal to both. Unless you know the quality of what you are visualising (be it in your head, or on analyse board), you wont play better chess! The top guys on this site still have to know WHAT it the best variation they have calculated, and why! This requires the same depth of positional, strategic and tactical understanding, whichever forum you play in.
If using analyse board helps you to develop better positional intuition, it will still improve your OTB game, as long as you don't stop training your ability to visualise and calculate. So don't beat yourself up about it. My informed guess is that all the top players here either use analyse board, or written analysis, at some point. Most of them also play at a high OTB standard.