Originally posted by moggybogg
what are the best opennings to look at to improve openning practise........eg karo cann, scicilian, colle, are ones i hear about a lot
Get a book of Capablanca's best chess games and play through it. In doing so, you will be exposed to a variety of openings which will serve you well for improvement.
You will see how the openings are played, be introduced to the middlegame plans placed into motion by said openings, and learn how to play the resulting endgames stemming from those openings, when they don't end with a middlegame attack.
It will be time well spent.
I should also add that I think a book of Karpov's best games would be an excellent, modern second selection as a follow up to the first.