Strongest chess players in their interviews emphasize on the importance of the openings in the modern chess. This matter is so crucial on the top level that up to 100% of their chess trainings are dedicated to preparing of openings variations. All other aspects of the chess mastership (such as: strategic understanding, endgames, studying of classical games etc.) were supposed to be studied at the beginning of their chess carriers. Now, only openings, openings, openings…
But these talks are about top players. What should do less experienced players who just at his/her start? Of course importance of openings knowledge is not so huge there. Even if they get winning position from the very opening it does not mean he/she will win this game. That’s why I am strongly convinced that players up to level 2400-2500 should not sacrifice all their chess time only for openings. Books by Nimtzovich, Dvoretsky, Aagard, Alekhine and many-many others could be (and should be) studied. As well, mastership of analysis is a good key for long-lasting REAL improvement.
But this idea does not mean that you should forget about openings trainings absolutely. I offer to spend less time on openings in order to invest saved time in the real chess improvement. Giving my online and offline lessons I have seen that problem of building up an opening repertoire is both important and challenging. A lot of players can not use ChessBase and Rybka properly. Openings books they buy include a lot of material and to define what important and what not is a problem since its resolving requires an experience or somebody’s advice.
That’s why I started to help my students creating files for them in the openings they were interested in more of all. I do not tell these files helped them to resolve all their problems. But they provide them with the basis of that or another line. As well, opposite to multiple videos that are posted in the internet, you can save my files (in cbv or pgn format) and use them in future whenever you need without any problems.
What do my files include? I put there main lines and references to important games. Of course I provide this material with word explanations where this is required in my opinion. The main goal I am following is do not overload files with extra material. Whenever you are needed to prepare a concrete line for a concrete game you can just look at such file and get a required approach.
My files are very convenient for using. You can both watch them on computer screen and print out pgn file and look variations on the board. As well, whenever you see some good game played in already existing line, you can just add it to that file. Also you can add there your games played by these variations.
The level of players I try to be orientated on is very different: from 1500 to 2400. Of course, files will be useful not equally for them but I am sure they will be! As well, I offer an email-support for lines that are put to my files. If you downloaded the file and you have some questions about some concrete position or whatever – just send me an email and I will help you.
If you are enough encouraged with all this - welcome to my new page http://chesstao.com/openings.php
If you have any questions I will happily assist you!