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  1. 03 Dec '10 15:07
    Would it be bad chess etiquette to look up openings as I play. As I am new to chess, I have a hard time knowing what openings are. Should I just review the game after I play, or what.

    Sorry for my ignorance.
  2. 03 Dec '10 15:10
    Looking up openings and game databases is allowed and perfectly fine.
  3. 03 Dec '10 15:20
    Thank you.
  4. 03 Dec '10 16:29
    It's fine to check opening databases in online correspondence chess.
  5. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    03 Dec '10 19:22
    Originally posted by kerbouchard1100
    Would it be bad chess etiquette to look up openings as I play. As I am new to chess, I have a hard time knowing what openings are. Should I just review the game after I play, or what.

    Sorry for my ignorance.
    This thread together with the Smyslov game Marinkatomb posted reminded me of this game here from the Russia USA radio match in 1945. The Russians were using their "opening database" in the form of the national chess magazine! Reuben Fine was on the team with Reshevsky, and at move 23 they radioed to check the time remaining on the Russians clock. Reshevsky had used an hour and a half. Smyslov had used only one minute.