A few months ago I decided to start playing more live chess to save my work day from the outrageous amount of time I put into my correspondence games analyzing positions to death. Since I can't regularly take breaks longer than 10 minutes, 5-minute blitz appealed to me.
My goals were to get over my fear of losing (hence why put so much time analyzing correspondence games), improve my on-the-fly decision making and hasten my calculating, and see more positions and openings to get a broader practice in everyday.
Instead of learning and improving on the above goals, I think 5-minute blitz games did little more than highlight my major weaknesses. I am playing about 800 points below my USCF rating (~1050 blitz and ~1850 USCF). I chalk it up to blitz just not being how my mind works. I find that I get a kind of tunnel vision in blitz games where I miss hung pieces or forced mates because I did not notice a blunder. Or worse, I hang a piece because I did not notice that the opponents last move guards the space I had planned to move a piece to.
Worse is that I feel it has made my fear of losing worse. Instead of seeing these games a chance to learn, I find myself getting increasingly angrier when I lose. This is partially because I know I am so much better than the level I am playing at. Recently I have been able to partially make up for this by recognizing that when I lose on time with a superior position, that in reality, I, in fact, won, since I will never be competing in real-life blitz tournaments.
The third goal is the only one I believe blitz has helped me with. Being able to play 5 games a day or so has shown me a wide variety of openings that I don't normally see. I feel much more comfortable playing against b-list openings now as I can better recognize opening traps and ways to take advantage of opening inaccuracies.
Here is a game I played well. I figured giving an example of a game where I hang my queen doesn't teach me or anyone else much. I feel I played strongly, albeit quietly. In real life the game looks like a draw until my opponent blunders. This is mostly due to a few inaccuracies. I lost on time, but again, I count it as a win. I play black.
For the readers, do you play blitz? Do you feel you are able to learn a lot from it, or do you see yourself playing a completely different game than the one you play with a longer time control? Also, do you see any strategic differences I could have taken in my game that the computer doesn't point out?