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I am raising this topic because I want experienced people to tell me whether learning openings really helps improve your chess. What I am mainly concerned is that, it may spoil our natural game, and our ability to find the right move in chess positions. Please help, experienced people.
And he didn't even need to utter the 'P' word.
Certainly yes, if you have a FIDE rating over 1900.
Else, you can surely find many more useful things to learn.
Every player who wants to improve needs to spend some time on every aspect of the game. How much you study the opening and what you study about openings should change as you develop as a player.
It depends how you study and if you study things aimed at your level. A 1300-player memorizing the moves from the latest Ivanchuk brilliancy is doinbg something silly. A master sitting down and figuring out where this new move came from is probably doing a fine thing. Now if that 1300 player is reading a book that explains "The reason that 2. Qh5 is bad is that the early queen move allows black to gain several tempos attacking the queen so black gains easy equality. Here are some examples". That's really good opening study.
I agree with Joey - I am that 1300 player and I think studying openings helps as long as you are not just memorizing openings; you have to study all of the variations and the reasons for them, and what each one can lead to. I have seen beginners open with h3 - not a good opening. Maybe reading a book about openings would have prevented this.
I do also think studying endgames is equally important for beginners and players at my level.
thanks to all people for the good advices
Yeah, when I was new to chess I came up with parhams all by myself :D
Then I found out the opening was called parham, and that someone made it before me
Of course you did. It is only beginners that would ever come up with an opening that bad.
What I am mainly concerned is that, it may spoil our natural game, and our ability to find the right move in chess positions.
A lot of people seem to confuse chess with art. You're not trying to find your best mode of inner self-expression (or some such)...you're trying to come up with good moves. Chances are one's "natural game" is terrible...which is why we're all trying to improve.
No dude, knowing how to open the first half dozen moves doesn't mean anything. Just go f4 and King-f2 and you're set for a great game. All gravy after that.
1) Reading about openings helps to prevent the use of silly openings. 2) We need to read the reason behind the moves in each opening or variant and note the basic principles that are follwed in each move.3) Basic Principles are:a. Fight for the center; b. Develop pawns, knights and bishops; c. Keep the tempo on (do not waste moves - except for protecting a piece); d. Castle early.
^ Consider The_Gavinator comic relief
Personally I like to just get a few moves of a few openings down so I know I get a solid start at the beginning of the game. There's a difference between knowing the basics of a few Ruy Lopez lines and knowing every little detail of the Queens Gambit.
Learning openings is useless for anyone under 1800.
Do tactics and study endgames and middlegame.
Why do people think you cant do all three?
Because you don't need all 3.
If you are 1100+ and you study openings you simply lose your time.
interestingly enough gavinator has ignored my line that defeats his main line
normally I wouldnt care, but he is hindering other player's developments by telling them they should play the parham and they listen to him some
Guys you do more damage by answering to him, especially you Joeydvivre , ignore him.
i know michael and joey, I just hate to see young aspiring chess players being convinced to play it
Let the fools be convinced.If Gavinator can convince them to play Parham they have no future anyway.They are born fools.
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