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Find an opening that suits my playing style well.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #121


    Learning an opening to improve your results / feel better about the positions you're getting is a fairy tale.  Which is what people are trying to tell you.  If you want to learn a new opening, fine, but the secret is you'll be studying it from a middlegame perspective.  Pawn structures, common themes, maneuvers from master games, this sort of thing.  As everyone else has said it's the fundamentals that will help you play a solid and more enjoyable game from start to finish.  Studying openings themselves will have you feeling lost as soon as your memorized moves run out.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #122


    I'm not trying to find some golden opening that wins me all my games. I'm trying to find an opening that I can find interesting and enjoyable through certain positional aspects that I like. I know my tactics aren't perfect. But that doesn't mean I am going to enjoy playing any opening.

    I'm not trying to study openings! I'm trying to find an opening that can help provide a middle game position I like. Not all openings are the same.

    And baloghs defence is risky but not unplayable. It's not the only opening that is risky. If an IM (I think he was an IM anyway) couldn't provide any solid reasoning as to what was wrong with it it is not unsound. Maybe risky, but playable.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #123


    Your reasoning makes no sense regarding Balogh's defense.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #124


    My playing style is to shuffle pieces back and forth and wait for the other guy or gal to lose.

    I haven't found any opening that's suitable for this yet.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #126


    linuxblue1 wrote:

    My playing style is to shuffle pieces back and forth and wait for the other guy or gal to lose.

    I haven't found any opening that's suitable for this yet.


    I have found one! Play the Hedgehog it's built on the concept to remain in your own third of the board and shuffle around until the opponent shows his hand. Sergey Shipov's 2 books on the Complete Hedgehog are superb, and you can play it against many different openings!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #127


    I have a suggestion for choosing openings. In the first volume of Yusupov's Build up your chess series, the only chapter on openings is gambits. The reason I can see behind this is that through playing gambits regularly you keep reminding yourself how important development is over anything else. Any opening can then be played in a sharp attacking style or slow positional style.

    The best way to improve tactical awareness and understand the crucial role of development in the opening is to play true gambits. Buy Boris Alterman's three books, and you will gradually become a more dangerous player. If you then find that you don't enjoy sharp attacking play that much, you can always switch to a complete positional repertoire, which is fairly easy to do: just play the Caro-Kann, the Nimzo and the Queen's Indian like Karpov did.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #128


    That's a great game, Pfren!

    I think I may have seen it before. 

    Oh, so has the OP. I posted the same game in  #64 in this thread! Surprised

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #129


    Great game, Pfren. Carlsen has such a tremendous feel for the initiative in open games.

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