I posted this over in /r/baduk, but I’m curious about the thoughts of the OGS community, too.
In the chess community there are quite a few proponents of blitz settings (also bullet, etc) and plenty of Go players seem to enjoy blitzing, too. As a currently weak Go player, my concern with blitz (say, 10s/move) is that it may not actually improve my playing or understanding, but just reinforce my many shortcomings.
On the other hand, I consider that more time doesn’t necessarily make me play better, just agonize more over choices and then still make poor decisions. Though I suppose more time, if it’s actually used for thinking, does help with improving reading. An advantage of blitz that I could see is that more games can be played in the same span of time.
My “happy medium” right now are moderately fast time settings like 10-20 minutes main time with 3 or 5 byo-yomi periods at 30s each, much slower than blitz, though I notice that when playing online I rarely actually use my time and play too fast and too reactive. I should probably sit take my hands off of the mouse more often.
What’s your opinion on blitz? Is it beneficial? For everyone, or only for stronger players? Does it make you think faster, more decisive? Or is it mindless plopping down of stones that doesn’t have many benefits? What are the pros and cons of blitz?