Originally posted by nimzo5
Moon- First off, congrats! Welcome back to OTB.
I am inclined to say that given use of databases/analysis board- it will be very hard to draw any accurate conclusions about your likely rating.
Generally, a USCF 1700 player exhibits the following-
1) knows openings, sometimes into the early middlegame and probably will not get caught out very often.
...[text shortened]... minor piece (or more) they have very little practical experience in endgame play.
nimzo thanks for the reply. Of your four points, I think the first regarding openings is my weakest. I grew up playing the giuocco (and stonewall) as a kid, and the sicilian as black though no more sicilian. Currently, White 1.e4 and Black 1 . . . e5 or 1 . . . d5 is all I play.
For the last few months, I have been studying the Ruy (much more volume of information).
In all, for opening prep:
1. As white, I play 1.e4 exclusively for now. (Ruy or Giuocco)
. Trying to learn details of these two openings. Toying with the Evans gambit, the only gambit I play. I would rather play against a gambit and refute it than initiate the gambit. Refute the gambit, maintain reasonable position, trade material, diffuse any attack, simplify, and get to the end game a pawn up. And play the smart end game -- the way I used to beat adults when I was a kid. Probably just sticking with Ruy for now.
2. Also, as black, I respond 1 . . . e4 to 1.e4 exclusively, so learning these two openings (Ruy and Giuocco) helps both ways.
3. As white, I am preparing to play against the Sicilian
(I am primarly using 2. c3 or 3.Bb4 and avoiding traditional lines of the Sicilian.) and against the French
(I have been doing 3.Nd2 instead of 3.Nc3).
By the way, the three most common black responses to my 1.e4 I have seen on RHP is black c5, e6, and e5. I see the French more than I expected. Foruth place is probably d5 Center-Counter. And then maybe the Caro-Kann.
4. As white, I am learning generalities (not too much detail) for other less-frequent black responses to my 1.e4, such as the Scandinavian (we used to call it the Center-Counter), Caro-Kann, Alekhine, Pirc and obscure defenses. Sometimes have to play general principles and just hope to come out of the opening at least even without a disadvantage.
5. As black, I respond to white 1.d4 with 1.d5. I am studying QGD Slav and Semi-Slav
. I have been thinking about QGA though I have never played that.
And I been holding my own learning how to respond as black to the white QP openings such as Colle, London, etc. I like doing a quick c5 as black against these QP openings. (Moreover, I don't fianchetto denerally, though I have noted fianchetto seems to score well in a variety of openings i the games databases).
6. As, I black, I will review how to respond to the English a litte, but not enough time right now.
7. Lastly, in general, I do not know hyper-modern stuff. I push my center pawns right away and all the way two squares. I try not to overextend a third square unless it really makes sense and is clearly supportable. As white, I love early e4, d4, c4 pawn moves where it is ok. As black, I love early e5, d5, c5 pawn moves where it is ok.