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I'm not talking about learning tons of theory and memorizing openings. If we continue the music analogy, I'm talking about teaching a beginner intervals and basic notation, not Sonata-Allegro form, Augmented Sixth chords, and Pitch Class Sets.
Think about it this way:
1. Know nothing of openings and theory and play moves you think are best tactically.
2. Know a little of openings and theory and play moves you think are best tactically.
Obviously #2 is better, but that requires extra time. Yes you should probably have a response to d4 and e4, as well as an optimal opening for you to play, but you only need to know the first few moves, until you are a higher level. The OP said he only learned the first 5 moves or so, and until you are getting close to the 2000's level, that's fine.
So we agree!
Every reputable chess coach and almost all strong players agree that opening study is a waste of time for low-rated players.
What you need to understand are "opening principles." Dan Heisman talked about this on his show today (he is also my coach).
Tactics, playing lots of slow chess, and going over annotated master games are the keys to improving. All of this will help you to develop a solid thought process that in turn enables you to keep your pieces safe.
Amateur games are lost because of blunders not lack of opening preparation.
It all depends on how low is consider lower rated. Different people have different standards. IMO, i think its alright if u want to study openings. Just learn about 5-8 moves in the opening and it should be fine.
I guess this all depends on how you define "studying openings." It's OK to look up specific lines in BCO, ECO, MCO etc occasionally that you find interesting or difficult to play against. And, I don't see a problem with reading books such as "Understanding the French/Sicilian/or whatever Defense" if they include entire games that are well annotated and explain the ideas behind the variations instead of just presenting oodles of the latest & greatest analysis and praxis minus any explanations.
Another way to study openings is to play thru as many unnannotated games by IMs & GMs as possible in order to figure out the basic ideas, trends and plans on your own esp if you have a large DB available.
Overall I'd think studying openings is much more important OTB than in CC
I would just know pawn structures very well and the advantages of the minor pieces based on those structures so after that you will have an idea whats the opens are all about.
I personally think this idea of not studying openings until you reach X rating seems a little silly. It seems to say "Completely ignore one part of the game, but study the rest." I feel like it'd be like me telling a piano student not to learn to read music, or no decent music until you learn to play crap like Czerny, or no Beethoven until you get your 16th note scales up to 200 BPM, or no improvising or composing until you've learnt a larger variety of harmonies. It's ignoring one important part for others.
I'd agree that not memorizing these openings might be best, but looking at them and thinking about what's going on and trying to figure out what purpose the moves have would probably be worthwhile. I'd also agree that studying tactics is probably more important than the openings, but if your opening skills are so bad you don't get to use tactics, then what's the point of studying tactics?
Yeah lol i actually did that in piano 8 years ago. I was Grade 3 (ABRSM) and attempted to play la campanella. result=disaster as it took me one year to play it right and at the right speed.
However....piano NOT= chess
If you learn openings i think learning the meaning behind the moves/plans aren't too difficult, even for the average 1200.
Now, I'm going for cziffra's version of flight of the bumblebee and still failing lol :P
fastest piano video EVARRRR
Yes, but you know there is more to the piano than just speed, right?
The violin version of flight of the bumblee world record time is pretty fast!
I'm sure it is! Very different instruments, though.
Too bad flight of the bumblebee sounds like poo on trombone
I may have to start playing trumpet a bit more.
What doesn't? :-p
The more lines you know in the opening of choice, the better understanding you will most likely have of your system.
Note that the title of this thread could be taken two ways.
Love the go-go chicks in the Herb Alpert too! (or actually I guess they're patio chicks here).
Apparently dished up from the same gig is the following rather haunting theme...
Oh yeah, I guess that one was also on The Dating Game! lol
In addition to all of this, Herb was instrumental (yukyuk) in giving these two their start:
Thanks again everyone! I think I'm on the right track with studying principals and recognizing patterns etc....I don't think I'll ever be playing OTB much because I don't have the time (which sucks), but playing slow here will help out...and studying some games will help
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