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did someone read shipov's hedgehog?
this year I started playing chess ,
recently I finally managed to beat a 1800+ player , also I finished first in a tournament of my club with 7/7 (lowest leage , rating range: 1200-1400)
as it's not fun to play patzers , I have decided that I want to raise my strenght so I can compete against better opponents
I have come to the conclusion that spending time on openings won't make me a better player , however I have still no clue how to play openings
therefore I was thinking of learning the Hedgehog , wich should make me a better player , as the main point of the Hedgehog is understanding the position and play accordingly
the problem is that it doesn't follow the usual opening principles , so in terms of opening I have to find another way of learning how to play openings
what do you guys think of this?
First some general advice:
To improve, the first priority should be the following three closely related topics:
Strategy and opening theory should not be your major concern just now. It will become more and more important, when you improve, but you can easily reach 1800 or even 2000 elo without knowing much about openings and strategy.
So, here’s my advice regarding you learning the hedgehog: I think your time is more efficiently invested elsewhere. Play the openings you want, but don’t go too deeply into the variations, but focus on learning, understanding, and utilizing the principles of openings (development, space, centre, king safety, obstruction of the opponent), because every single opening circles around these principles.
And, oh yes, the hedgehog does follow the usual opening principles: You develop each piece with only one move to the best possible square (development) (e.g. the king's bishop is developed to e7 and not g7, because this would cost an important tempo and weaken the light squares around black's king). The pawns are placed in such a way that you contol at least your part of the board (space) and deny your opponent access to many important squares (obstruction), while your c5-pawn aims at the centre and will eventually be exchanged on d4 (centre, obstruction). Your king is castled safely away to the most secure area (with all the pawns f7, g7, h7 still present and a knight on f6) (king safety).
tnx for your detailed response ,
I just finished my semester , so I have some extra free time , I decided to go for the following program/day:
what do you think?and do you know of material wich teach how to play WHITE openings (for advantage)?not concrete , but general?
Sounds good. Except that I'm not sure how useful the study of the hedgehog will be for you - although I don't know the book.
Material on general principles in (white) openings? Apart from the standard: move your pieces only once, occupy the centre,...? I think that learning middle game strategy, how to attack, etc. is most useful here, because you learn for which positions you are aiming for in the opening.
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