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Why You Shouldn’t Focus on Openings

If you ask the average chess player a question about openings, they’ll likely have pretty strong opinions.  They like certain openings, dislike others, and they can list off names and variations left and right.  There’s nothing intermediate-level players like to study more, and beginners think their biggest issues are always opening related.

You can find resources on openings just about anywhere.  There are more chess books released each year about openings than the rest of the literature combined.  Heck, I’ve recently published two of my own posts discussing opening advantages and opening traps, respectively.  Bottom line, there’s a lot of information out there.

And, in all honestly, you don’t really need it.  You don’t need to focus on openings.  You need to focus on good chess. Continue reading