35 ( +1 | -1 ) Opening TheoryWell , when it comes to chess openings . I thought that openings aren't the real taste of chess , tactical and positional well play play is what makes a master , right ? I ask a question , would a player with high tactical, strategical and positional standards but weak opening play be a master or a failer.
66 ( +1 | -1 ) To be called a master at anything you must have mastered at all aspects of it. In chess if a player could play a great middle and endgame but be made to look like an idiot time and time again in the opening(which he would if his opponent had a large opening knowledge) then he aint a master to me. In fact he wont often beat anyone who is good despite his skill. Ive learnt the hard way to study some openings as ime sure others have. If a golfer could play great golf, great putting, great approch play and be good around the greens but tees off like my grandmother, they would be crap.
29 ( +1 | -1 ) And I would suspect that if you have great positional understanding and are good at tactics, you just couldn't be totally inept in the opening. If you are aware of your own lack of theoretical knowledge, you probably would play not too theoretic openings and then it wouldn't matter too much anyway.
85 ( +1 | -1 ) erditeIn OTB chess I tend to just wing it with the white pieces playing stuff like 1. g3 with an eye to trying to get to a reversed position where the move is significant. With Black I have always felt that it was necessary to be prepared. My lazy approach with the white pieces seems to hold me back though as my performance rating when playing Black is about 2450 while my performance rating playing White is about 2200! Based upon my results it seems that being prepared is a significant advantage, but as an amatuer who has the time? My method seems to be a reasonable compromise as it takes a lot more time to be prepared as White than it does as Black IMO. Playing common sense moves seems to be enough as White to get someone into the middlegame without incurring a disadvantage.