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I'm interested in learning more about opening repertoires ( yes, I know I should focus on tactics and principles at my level ). I've read that one needs to know 3 or 4, or 4 or 5 openings really well, but how does that work in practice?
Say I want to open e4, do I not need to learn openings based on all the probable black replies, French, Scandinavian, Sicilian, Ruy Lopez, Philidor, etc. Then there are the replies I need to learn when Black plays e4 or d4
That seems a lot of openings to learn for a complete repertoire, or am I missing something,
What is the best way to develop a repertoire for novices to experts .
I can coach you in those openings, if you need help. A person only needs to know 1 opening as white and 2 as black at your level.
My advice is don't even think about openings till you get past 1600, like you say tactics, also endgames are important "That seems a lot of openings to learn for a complete repertoire, or am I missing something"correct at higher level thats what you have to do but at your level games are decided by blunders, not endgames, so http://chesstempo.com/ is the place to learn.
however if you do want to know what to play for the first few moves then just look at basic lines against the most common openings, don't spend too much time on it. But like i say its not really worth it.
I think it's a matter of scale or depth.
I always bought into the "study tactics and endgames" line. However, although I am very lowly rated (est ~75 ECF) I play in an OTB league and have been advised to start learning the moves to a couple of openings. The rationale was that it will save me valuable clock time, instead of using my tactics skills to calculate everthing from the 1st move.
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