About 80% of the time when we lose we blame our opening choice.When we win it's often due to the opponent's opening choice,especially if he plays something we think is unsound.Reality is something like this.
CP = chessplayer
CP: "Oh man!That dude tried the Latvian against me.I totally blew him off the board!"
Realitycheck: after both sides made some mistakes in the opening an equal position was reached at move 11.Then,after some minor middlegame inaccuracies from both sides,at move 23 the black player overlooked a mate in 2. 1-0
CP: "Hey dude,look at my latest game!This fool plays the Alekhine.I totally obliterated him!"
Realitycheck: the game left theory at move 9,White hung a pawn at move 12 but Black missed it,Black hung a piece at move 19 but White missed it(he's excused for this,it was a difficult to spot combo),at move 25 Black initiates a nice looking but flawed attack leaving his king vulnerable,White correctly counters and mates Black 1-0
CP: "I played X yesterday.He doesn't know how to handle the Ruy,I beat him with ease."
Realitycheck: an equal position was reached at move 15,it went back and forth with both sides missing good chances for an advantage,at move 30 a drawn rook ending was reached,both sides handle it rather poor and eventually White happened to come out on top 1-0
CP: "Awww man,I lost my 3rd White game in a row.I'm done with the Scotch,it stinks.I'm going back to playing the King's Gambit."
Realitycheck: both sides play the opening well,at move 14 Black makes a very agressive but bad move giving White a winning attack but White,afraid of Black's ghost threat,missed it and instead hangs a pawn,in an attempt to quickly recover his lost material White gets overly agressive but only manages to destroy his own position after which Black won the endgame 0-1
Sound familiar?Why do so many think like this?Why are our openingchoices our favorite scapegoats?
For the record,I'm not trying to mock anyone,I've been guilty of this myself