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Hey Ozzie, what about being known as "The Caro-Kann" player? Doesn't that limit the amount of positions you must learn and won't your opponents know exactly how to prepare? There are some people who say you can never be a really good chess player unless you play the Ruy Lopez what about that?
If my opponents prepare for the Budapest good for them. There is no amount of preparation that will match the real life experience I've gained playing it in hundreds of actual games. I also prepare and study it too, I have read and know the same books they'll be using except I read them over time and enjoy them, not just cram them trying to prepare.
What I've learned is the people in this subforum place way too much emphasis on the opening. You guys act like playing a certain opening can be the end of the world, "oh no don't play this opening, you'll lose and be a bad chess player" and some of the threads here are ridiculous like "how good do you have to be to play the Sicilian."
The Budapest is a fine opening, and introduces some open game flavor against 1.d4 2.c4. Anyway I mostly study tactics now, I am done with any and all opening preparation except to watch opening videos at night as I fall asleep for entertainment. Almost none of my games are decided in the opening and I'm being exposed to tons of different positions solving problems at Chesstempo.
Maybe I will try something different but I'll do it without studying theory and maybe I'll play the Caro-Kann against 1.e4 like Ozzie does except without studying theory either.
The difference is that the Caro is a good opening, and people who say that you need to play the Ruy Lopez to get to a strong level are stupid. It does lead to rich and fascinating positions, that is true, but chess is a rich and fascinating game, and the Ruy is one opening.
If you think I'm saying "oh no don't play this opening you'll lose and be a bad player", then I must wonder why the hell I am arguing with you. Playing sub-par openings does not make you a bad player, it stops you from getting better. Very, very big difference, although you haven't noticed it yet because the Budapest has yet to hinder your growth, which is because openings don't really matter at club level. The Budapest is hardly the only way to get an open position against 1. d4 by the way, and the sterotype that it always leads to closed positions and subtle maneuvering is crap. Try the Benoni, which can easily lead to crazy positions, or the KID, which often leads to an extremely double-edged position.
I do play the Benoni by transposition sometimes when I play the Old Indian against the English.
I'm sorry but the idea that playing a certain opening (especially if it's one you're only getting in a fraction of your games) will "stop you from getting better" is laughable. If anything the opposite is true, and this statement can be lumped in with the other "nuggets of unwisdom" that abound in this forum, just like last night I read this multi-paragraph post of a guy saying knights are better than bishops because knights can go on both colors.
You said yourself you're only 17 so why are you acting like you're an expert chess coach? What makes you think you know what you're talking about especially in regards to master level? You're still in club level like I am so how would you know what things keep masters from getting better? I'll send the memo to Richard Rapport and Mamedyarov though "better stop playing the Budapest Gambit because some 17 year old in the chess.com forums say it will keep you from getting better."
And higher rated ones, the highest rated player I've beaten so far I beat with the Budapest gambit.
And yes if you play any opening often your opponent can prepare. How is the Budapest unique in this?
I think IM Taylor knows better than any of us, and he says it's a good opening.
I will not honour this post by constructively replying to it.
I did not say I was seventeen.
Not if you are playing against 1.e4.
lol thanks it was about time someone mentioned this. Anyway I guess we could imagine that he means which opening he should spend more time studying.
Fair points. First, I don't know that there is a huge difference, for example, at the 1500 level in being known as the Caro-Kann Player™ compared with being known as the Budapest Player™. I think that at my level, the 2200 level, it's likely that it's worse to be known as the Budapest Player™ because with a small amount of study white can get a += position, whereas with a small amount of study white gets a smaller edge against the Caro-Kann. At even higher levels, it's likely much worse to be known as the Budapest Player™. I think there are two intersecting problems though. First, in general it's disadvantageous at the higher levels to have a very narrow opening repertoire. Some top players do it, but since so much of the top game is preparation, it is usually a disadvantage. Obviously the flip side is that if you play a narrow repertoire then you know it very well. I'm specifically thinking of Kramnik.
Your other point of placing too large an emphasis on opening repertoire is quite spot on. If you just know the ideas behind the openings and play solid moves with a goal of getting a decent enough middlegame position (with both white and black), and then just play, you'll go as far as your other skills will take you. As you say, most games aren't decided in the opening. A friend of mine did this, and made it up to 2100 or so without studying any openings at all. He did obviously have to play catch up at that point, but his natural talent was such that he is now a strong GM.
sicilianka no more gg
I really don't recommend it. It's not really played regularly at high level. It's mostly a surprise weapon, (check out Gelfand-Rapport Tata Steel). It is mostly seen at club level. I think that white has a small (very comfortable) advantage here.
*Another Important Thing: You cannot rely on just the Budapest against 1.d4 because white can avoid it with 2.Nf3 if he wishes!
Do you guys pronounce it 'pest or 'pesht?
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