Continuing with my comments on some of the games I play, this post has another game with a 15 minute clock played online.
This game brings me to wonder if dedicating time to studying main opening lines is really useful at my level. Practically no one ever plays a "mainstream" opening in the games I play, it's all about traps, off-beat moves and such, looking for a quick checkmate. For example, 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5.
I know many of you will comment this post and say "learning openings is always good for your game", and I agree. I actually enjoy reading on my favorite lines, revising them and trying to learn them. It's just frustrating that when the time for a game comes, all that learning is useless by move 2. Which is probably the point of off-beat moves...
To divert attention from the ranting, here's the game: