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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.
@kindaspongey What is your opinion on the topic? ...
The quotes in post #21 seem to me to be worthy of attention.
... 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)
thx for your reply! Yeah you nailed it. The truth always lies somewhere in the middle.
... 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.
My impression is that some participants haven't read the early pages.
Why should we?
If u like to study the opening, do that. The studying is 100 times better than doing nothing.
Good job, good job
Black openings matter. White openings... not so much.