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Is this how opening preparation is supposed to look like?

  • #21

    Here's my advice: don't learn openings.  Instead, learn entire games.  Let's take an example of what I'm doing right now: I picked the Smith Morra Gambit.  Right now, I'm studying (though I've had to take a break the past month) the Siberian variation of it.  Okay, now that I've picked one variation, I then pick one game to act as the tree and the rest branch off of it.  Learn the tree first and then work backwards to learn each branch (each line that deviates).  I put it all on notecards and then test myself.  After about a month of not studying the lines I went back and went through some of them and have about a 90% retention for over 50 different lines.  This way, you're learning the opening but also learning the ideas of the middlegame and the endgame so you know how to steer the game from the opening.

  • #22

    Black just gave up a pawn in the opening and it is not deep enough.


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