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  1. Standard member Briscoe
    Consigliere
    04 Oct '06 19:03 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by 7ate9
    I'm interested in how others approach this situation
    I do not use opening theory...I move instinctually...if I am playing someone who has strict book openings, I usually fall behind in the beginning...

    I move quickly...UNLESS I find a game more challenging, interesting, intriguing...I then take my time to move...

    I never consult databases...I don't even know how to do it

    my rating and performance fluctuates...but it doesn't concern me...I try not to take the game so seriously...if I get better it will be by fluke, or experience...I will never study theory, tactics, or openings..the game wouldn't be as fun to me if I did
  2. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    05 Oct '06 08:04
    Originally posted by Briscoe
    I do not use opening theory...I move instinctually...if I am playing someone who has strict book openings, I usually fall behind in the beginning...

    I move quickly...UNLESS I find a game more challenging, interesting, intriguing...I then take my time to move...

    I never consult databases...I don't even know how to do it

    my rating and performance fluc ...[text shortened]... ..I will never study theory, tactics, or openings..the game wouldn't be as fun to me if I did
    Here's a good site...

    http://www.shredderchess.com/online-chess/online-databases/opening-database.html

    I don't really use it religiously, but it'll help you get out of the opening against people you need to beat.
  3. Standard member Briscoe
    Consigliere
    05 Oct '06 13:16
    thanks marinka....I might just check it out
  4. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    05 Oct '06 13:43
    Originally posted by Briscoe
    I do not use opening theory...
    Do you play 1.e4?

    That move is opening theory.
  5. Standard member Briscoe
    Consigliere
    05 Oct '06 16:55
    Originally posted by Wulebgr
    Do you play 1.e4?

    That move is opening theory.
    you may open with e4 using theory, or not using theory...if I move e4 with intent to follow book lines that would be opening with theory...I, however, do not
  6. Donation briancron
    nunquam perdo
    05 Oct '06 19:41
    I disagree.

    If you have experience in playing chess and you do an opening that someone used on you or that you used sucessfully before you are technically using opening theory.

    Just because you do not want to learn from the mistakes of others doesn't mean you aren't following opening theory (even if it's just your own)