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It seems the QGD and QGA are dominant at the high levels. Just about any opening will serve a strong opening student well. The real key is to aim towards fvaorable formagtions. A good way to cut study time is to have your entire repertoire aiming at your favorable formations. If you play the QGD, for example, combining it with the French is a good idea since you can transpose a lot, thus maximizing your study time.
If you study the Benoni, a good opening to pair this with is the 3...cxd5 line of the Symmetrical English, which can even be reached out of the Reti via 1. Nf3, so you get three lines converging into one formation that you will have studied and played a great deal more.
As a general rule, any 1400 player would do well to just copy the entire repertoire of their idol, preferably one known for his opening prowess, and begin frmo there. When I began playing seriously at age twenty, I figured the fastest way to gain respect was to play like a GM in the opening, even if I didn't understand the moves, so I copied Fischer. Within two years, I was picking most of his lines apart. Interestingly, Fischer's loegendary Poisoned Pawn seems to have been played not because he liked it, but because the public played 10. e5?! instead of Geller's correct (and now main line) 10. f5!
The beauty of booking up is that it will get you better games to practice, longer into the game. Once you hvae that, you're set for middlegame study, though it will take about five or six years to integrate the two, even with fulltime study.
My peak USCF rating was 2000, btw.
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