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Why don't chess openings matter?

  • #61

    Oh my, you don't even understand what a test is.

  • #62
    NMinSixMonths wrote:

    of course you wouldn't take the bet. Stop wasting my time.

    This my LAST warning, NMinSixMonths OR ELSE...

    I will ensure that Law and Order prevails within our community!

    May the force be with you!

  • #63
    kindaspongey wrote:

    Does this sort of thing suggest ignoring opening study altogether? It seems to me that the main point is to pay attention to comments like that of GM John Nunn: "... I feel that the main reasons to buy an opening book are to give a good overview of the opening, and to explain general plans and ideas. ..."


    Sure. I mean, just staying on the subject of the dragon, having read through a ton of games featuring the Rxc3 sacrifice, it's definitely something I'm primed to look for. 


    But a lot of the "general plans and ideas" that you need to know are things that apply to all openings: tactics, attacking technique, fighting for the center, etc. 


    In any event, I was not advocating never reading an open book. I was responding to the OP's question about why he can't just memorize opening moves and play like a GM.  I didn't realize the thread was quite so long when I posted, though, so I understand if it perhaps seems like I was responding to something else. 

  • #64
    LawAndOrderKing wrote:

    @kindaspongey What is your opinion on the topic? ...

    The quotes in post #21 seem to me to be worthy of attention.

  • #65
    • LawAndOrderKing wrote:

      ... I think many people misunderstand that learning the opening doesn't mean spamming/and memorizing thousands of variation/subvariations.

      It means learning opening principles, the resulting middlegames/endgames/pawn structures, tactics, traps, strategies etc. After some time there is nothing wrong with looking at some lines.

      I just look at one line and learn the first 3-5 moves and then test it in blitz/bullet. After losing/winning I analyze my mistakes. ...

    I get the impression that your thinking is similar to the post #21 quotes.

    "... Overall, I would advise most players to stick to a fairly limited range of openings, and not to worry about learning too much by heart. ..." - FM Steve Giddins (2008)
    "... the average player only needs to know a limited amount about the openings he plays. Providing he understands the main aims of the opening, a few typical plans and a handful of basic variations, that is enough. ..." - FM Steve Giddins (2008)

  • #66

    thx for your reply! Yeah you nailed it. The truth always lies somewhere in the middle.

  • #67
    LawAndOrderKing wrote:

    ... I think this discussion is divided into 2 big camps who are both wrong.

    What do you think?

    My impression is that most participants have approximately the same view as the post #21 quotes.

  • #68

    My impression is that some participants haven't read the early pages.

  • #69

    Why should we?

  • #70

    If u like to study the opening, do that. The studying is 100 times better than doing nothing.

  • #71

    Good job, good job

  • #72

    Black openings matter. White openings... not so much.

  • #73



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