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goodplayerwannabe 28 ( +1 | -1 )
opening help I would like some suggetions, I am a rather good player( I can beat triagulator) but I am very bad at studying openings, I would like to be a engilsh/ QID/ ruy lopez player, any suggetions on how to expand My knowledge of these openings, I know mabye 2-3 lines 5-8 moves deep- thank you
myway316 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Re:studying openings My advice is:Don't! Use that time on the more important areas of the game,such as the ending,tactics,and basic pawn structures. Most opening theory,IMO,is useless drivel.
goodplayerwannabe 15 ( +1 | -1 )
welll I am good at positional play, tactical play, pawn structures, etc. I find most of my games are either lost in a brutal endgame, or in the opening
wirzan 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Don't study variations alone Try to learn the prinsipple behind the openings first, and then you can start to learn variations, if you don't you'll be in troubble when someone take you out of your opening repetoaire. It would also be a good idea to learn some traps in the openings you often play, just so you don't fall in them yourself, or maybe you could get some easy rating. But don't learn traps alone.
indiana-jay 172 ( +1 | -1 )

If you’re a good player as you said, it is strange that you are very bad at (studying) openings. Opening is a simple and relatively easy to be understood quickly by a novice. It’s the principles used behind the moves that is important. But if you’re a serious player, you must be proficient at openings because you don’t want to waste your clock in this stage, thinking about those principles.

I don’t understand what you mean with “I know may be 2-3 lines 5-8 moves deep”. You cannot master only 2 or 3 openings. You should learn any possible diversification from your favorite opening. For this reason, it is helpful to concentrate on certain openings to narrow the possibilities.

For example, if your opponent start with d4, what possible openings available for you? If you reply with Nf6 (you want to force a QI), what possible openings left for your opponent? If your opponent replied with h3, what openings left for you? If you cannot find the reply in a book, it is important to understand why, and take the advantage out of any weak reply.

You must understand that even if you love a certain opening, you don’t have to choose that opening if your opponent still be able to divert (or force you) to another opening you’re not comfortable with. (I used to start with d4, and only with e4 if I wanted to later continue with d4 against a weak opponent. Opponent’s reply of e5 will lead to a Gambit Evans, my intention. Opponent’s reply of c5 (English?) was something I didn’t expect from a weak player)

After all, endgame skill is the one differentiating an expert from casual players. You should know why!
macheide 46 ( +1 | -1 )
goodplayerwannabe Dear friend,

My humble advices:


b) Study the Endgame theory. It sounds boring, but this effort is going to give you a deep understanding of the behavior of every pice.

c) Study one opening system at a time and practice for at least one year. Then you can expand your repertoire.

This is a personal opinion, but I dare to give it to you supported on my almost 40 years of Chess practice.

Best wishes,