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Smithy’s Opening Crossroad

Why do we play chess?  Ultimately, it’s to have fun, right?  Sure, winning is nice and seldom gets boring, but given the choice, you’d rather win and have fun than win while being bored out of your mind, right?

This is where I am struggling, and it chiefly relates to my opening choices.  I have a very correct opening repertoire.  I play the Queen’s Gambit and Ruy Lopez as White, considered the two best openings after 1.e4 and 1.d4 respectively.  Against 1.d4 I chiefly play the Nimzo, perhaps the most sound yet ambitious opening Black can try, and against 1.e4 I have played a little bit of everything but mostly the Kan / Taimonov Sicilian and the Open Spanish, which are again two of the oldest and most respected openings around.

All of this is great and all, and it would compare to any GM anywhere … and yet I don’t think I like any of these positions. Continue reading

Review of GM Smirnov’s Opening Lab 1

Quick Look

411Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory 1

Topic: Opening Preparation, Opening Repertoire

My View: Decent; beyond my current level, and likely most people as well.  Should not get for only the opening repertoire

Size: 60mb, nearly 2hrs of video lecture, lots of opening lines

Purchase it here: The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory

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