Originally posted by robbie carrobie
i originally posted this to greenpawn but i fear he is far too busy at present, so if i may burden you guys with one more query that has been perplexing me for ages, i understand theory, quite a bit, its not difficult, the moves are made and an explanation given as to the overall strategy etc etc. and it has been my general understanding that good pl ou're thoughts are most appreciated, as well as any experience you may have - regards Robert.
nope. it simply means you don't
understand the theory. or to put it in another way: you don't understand
memorizing is not understanding
. understanding would require you to know
what your side-lining opponent is doing wrong, what kind of concessions he's giving you, and ultimately how to punish him for the mistake.
does it mean that your opponent is already losing? no. but it does mean he's not giving you the best he could.
the chances that an amateur will stumble (deliberately) into an improvement over established theory are virtually nonexistent. you won't suddenly understand a line better than all the masters before you. it won't happen.
however, the critical question relating to any position, is: do you understand the position better
than your opponent? because if you do, you just might have the advantage.
unless your opponent happens to figure out the reason why all the better players avoided that specific position.
a simple example: defending against KNB mate. -it's a forced win for the attacker, in theory
, but if he doesn't know the theory he won't figure it out by himself. I'm sure the KNB is drawn between amateurs quite often. (just recently I failed to mate with KNB in blitz even though I've done it probably hundreds of times.)