First we must distinguish between Databases and Opening Databases.
Actual databases containing millions of games are a god send.
The computer really comes into own here.
I can search for any tacitcal pattern I wish to discuss and I suddenly have
100's of games to choose from.
I can honestly say I have never used one.
I have used books for games one here looking for a fresh idea I may be
able to work with in the small print and try to avoid the bold print.
but never an online DB.
You don't need them.
Whose games are they....IM's/GM's.
...and of course I play IM's/GM's all the time (NOT).
They don't tell you anything. Why you made that move etc...etc..
To blindly start following a GM game without knowing all the wrinkles is
dodgy because there are 1400 player traps in every openings.
Traps you won't see in IM/GM games.
Also as Zyglo pointed out the % are out of skew for dozens of reasons.
The first game Knightstalker posted that had nothing to do with an opening DB.
White merrily flaunted opening principles and Knightstalker punished him.
Good play Knightstalker.
The lad (hopefully) picked up something about moving bits twice in the
opening, dropping centre pawns and weakening his King.
If he had followed some database these very important lessons would have
skipped past him. You have to get the opening principles stored before you
even consider using DB's. If not then they will catch up with you.
This is not them running before they can walk.
This them running whilst they are still in the womb.
In the second game. When did White have the won game?
Was it here after 7.Ne5.
I don't think so. That is a piece moving twice in the opening.
You can have that a8 Rook for the three tempi Bishop (g3, Bg2 and Bxa8).
Very dogmatic, yes. But it has served me well over the years.
And no guff about the good players know when to break the rule of thumb.
You are following very good players games, you are not cocking a snoot at
an established rule on thumb - they are, you are only copying them.
And I do not care if I am arguing with GM opening theory,
(is it? I suppose it must be because White has shot his bolt on the Queenside.
This looks like the only try to maintain an opening + What happens after Bb4+.)
I hope you had the position after 7.Ne5 on a board and ripped it to
shreds before playing it. It's the type of opening move you have to
I'm guessing no. You yourself said. "You then click forward a few moves..."
Well this must be a new FIDE law.
"At any given time you can move you opponents pieces forward a few
moves till you get to a position you like."
You are a good player Knightstalker, you are getting lazy,
I read the profile, you say they is nobody local around to challenge you.
I really do feel for you in that respect, I really do because your may stagnate.
It must be a terrible position to be in, I really do mean that, it is not a sarky joke.
You have made the right step coming here.
But lifting opening moves from an online DB is not helping is it. Be honest now.
You can be furious with me if you wish but think about it.
Is that making you a better chess player?
By now you are thinking why me? Why am I getting it in the neck.
You yourself said there is no other good chess player around you.
So there is nobody to tell you or point you in (IMHO) the right direction.
No other player on your level to discuss the game with.
Play chess, play your game, play what you want to play.
Go forward a few moves in your mind or on your board and see if you like the position.
Don't play what other people play unless you agree with them and your first
thought here must always be. "what's wrong with that move?" and look
for a better move, your move.