Originally Posted by g-bebe
Can you elaborate on this? I don't know what you mean by energy. I don't see how a 5 0 blitz game would feel any different than 5-minute pool game, aside from the fact that ratings are scaled differently.
I find in the 5-min pool you'll run into a ton of guys are on some serious auto-pilot. They're just going through the motions and playing 'solid' without really thinking. And they select opening 'systems' to support that style of play. Such a huge chunk of the 5-min pool is Benko as black, London/KIA or some other 'system' as white.
In my limited recent experience in blitz matches people just seem to be putting more effort into trying to play good chess in the games.