37 ( +1 | -1 ) openings - boon or bain?While openings have developed so far making it easy for people with knowledge in the first 20 odd moves, I am also of the opinion that they have gone too far to reduce the charm in this first phase of the game........One cannot help it, but now I think openings cannot be enjoyed as much as one would if there were no standard opening moves........
19 ( +1 | -1 ) YesIt'sa great escpecially when your opponent makes a move that is off by a fraction of a pawn and you punish it with a long line that leads to you being 25 hundredths of a pawn up!
71 ( +1 | -1 ) BOOKEven these days you still see games at the top level when GMs get things wrong as early as the 6th. move or thereabouts. I read just such a one a couple of weeks ago.
I also reckon that learning moves by rote is the wrong way to get to know an opening. Apart from anything else, if you learn a long line you may not need it for months in a game by which time you've probably forgotten it, or your knowledge is dangerously fragented. On the other hand, you can play through lots of games and familiarise yourself with the general ideas in an opening so you know what objectives its best to pursue.
Also, it's as dry as dust just memorising screeds of lines: there's no fun in that,
34 ( +1 | -1 ) trainingas part of my training (not study) of openings i like to play the sicilian najdorf/kan variation. However i like to put my own "bent" on it by making some of my own moves. although strictly speaking i may lose some tiny fraction of positional advantage i can convert this to a tactical edge, which i eke out. Then i often make a big blunder and lose.