Yes. I fully advise taking a score of informal games as well.
It was the best peice of advice I ever read. I'm sure it came from Botvinnik.
I have notebooks full of most the skittles/blitz games I have played.
If you are a Hacker/Saccer then you will find no shortage of people willing
to play you in skittles games. Interesting fun games is what informal chess
is all about.
The 'Stodge Merchants' who get through one or two games night I had
very little time for and often made some excuse to avoid playing them.
Sometimes I dive into one of these old note book for a reminder of the
old days when I was good but got better and now I'm not so good.
That makes sense.
I'm thinking the less you know about the game the better you play it.
I have a head full of total garbage. All serious players have.
You should hear the internal arguments I have when playing.
Before I started 'hearing the voices of the great and the good'
I would go my merry way and enjoy every minute of it.
I'm White skittles played in 1978-1980.
(try to date the games. Names were not too important. I lived in the club
and played everyone, visitors or other team players who had finsihed earlier and
was wanting a quick game whilst waiting for a lift home.)
There are a few notes I've added to a copy of the exact game a few pages later.
I perhaps used it a chess mag or for a lecture or for another book.
Quite detailed notes. So I'm guessing it went somewhere....?
I'm not too kind to the French Defence (or anyone who played it).
About a year or so later I adopted it scoring some neat wins.
It's called growing up.
"That's crap." has always been a favourite of mine.
It was pulled from Rampant Chess often enough.
So the lesson is 'grow up......but don't grow old.'