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The trap with studying openings...

When I first started playing chess back in the day, I was always wanting to learn new openings. I started out with the "barcaza systems" (KIA,KID, and pirc). I enjoyed these for a while. I loved being able to get to the real part of the game quickly and safely. I didn't always have a steep advantage and most time probably no advantage at all. However, I kept setting up my little home and enjoyed the games.

As I got older, I really wanted to up my game. I am currently rated in the mid 1900s. I can honestly say that I tried to solve my problems with new openings. I neglected learning positional chess and endings. My tactics were not too shabby, but they could have been much better.

 

In short, don't waste all your time studying openings. It is a pitfall that I fell into. I thought this new gambit would cause me to win in only a few moves. It is a lazy and unrealistic approach  Find something you like and continue to learn it.  I am going to go back to my "barcaza roots" and see if I can make it to expert.

For a fun read and chess enlightenment I recommend any of Jeremy Silman's books.

I'll end with this quote. "Good players develop a tactical instinct, a sense of what is possible or likely and what is not worth calculating."  -  Samuel Reshevsky

Here is the "barcaza (house) setup."


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