Originally posted by Somerled
Hi, I took up chess reasonably recently, having learned the rules as a child. I haven't really had time to study yet, and have just been playing games instead. I had a brief look at the Sicilian opening, as it was (sort of) one of the ways I was playing when I was black anyway, but this was a 30 minute skim rather than a proper study. The points I would ...[text shortened]... penings I should consider/avoid?
Thanks in advance for any advice you might be able to give.
You could spend a lot of time memorising lines (thats all you will do as you won't understand the concepts with out positional and tactical understanding)
Get to a even or better position against opponents your rating/level
Then proceed to lose almost every game in the middle game and endgame
Spend 50% of the time learning opening lines, and 50% studing endgames and middlegame. You will improve
Spend 80% studing endgames and middlegame (tactics and positional ideas) and 20% on learning your favorite opening lines, and you will improve steadily until 2000
When you get to 2000 spend 70% learning new ideas in the openings you play (everyone else will be using chessbase to find novelties in the openings, new lines, etc)
and 30& on endgames, tactics, etc
From my observations, and talking to experts and masters, this seems to be the formula