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  1. Standard member ivan2908
    15 Feb '08 12:42 / 1 edit
    To avoid automatic thoughtless following of the opening book, it is good idea to look for good opening moves without it, pick your 4 or 5 candidate moves, explain to yourself your reasons and only then you look at the database. It is probably very good exercise. At the end you make a good database move but not before you can understand it !

    I started to play this way and ussualy my moves are on the list of the good moves with many games and good scorings in games that took that line...