Greenpawn is going to say what he usually says.
You should look at the games played by your brothers on
This will give you ideas and warn you of potential pitfalls as
played by players in the same class as yourself.
This site is so under used. It's one of the best site on the net.
You will see the moves you will face in your games.
It baffles me why weak players only look at GM games.
They are not going to play GM's and don't understand 50% of
the stuff getting played as GM notes never stoop to their level.
(sorry if this sounds harsh but I don't take prisoners).
Look at these games in the opening that interest you.
You will start to spot bad/good moves.
Sometimes you will see a move you cannot figure why it was played.
Good. Then you have to stop and do a bit of work and figure out why.
(if you want to be a good chess player then there is work involved)
If you cannot get it, click on and see if that reveals it.
Sometimes it's just a 'nothing' move - a lemon.
Good. You are starting to seperate the chaff from the good moves.
This is an important part of your development.
If you still cannot get it. then
come on here and ask why.
I went straight to the RHP database and followed a game in
the 2.Bc4 line v the Sicilian.
This position arose. Black has just played 11....c4!?
I stopped here for a while seeing what he was up to.
Why not 11...Bd6 hits the Queen and hold g7.
(he has vacted c5 for his Bishop, he intends an attack on f2).
He has an idea that sacs a piece and needs White NOT to spot it.
It's a beautiful trap to set (this belongs in the Sting in Tail thread).
You won't get this stuff in GM games.
The possiblilty won't even be mentioned in a note.
But you will see these ideas and moves in the games you play
Black was graded 1377. (Eric you are currently 1372), learn
from your brothers, the people you will be playing against.
You will soon start advancing.
Play over this. You will get an idea of a line v 2.Bc4 and see
an old tactical trick brought to life in a new setting.
And be entertained.