Originally posted by AussieDave
Hello, I'm new to RHP. My opening repotoir is extremely limited and I wanted to know which were some of the more common and useful openings to learn first.
Hope somebody will help
Once you start down this road there is almost no turning back. You begin to commit more time, and most likely expense, on books, DVDs, tuition, Internet courses, and God knows what else. At this stage it becomes more than a game. You can become haunted by the notion that there may be a bust to your latest pet variation, and you begin to scour the databases in case some obscure master game has found something. Then you subject the positions to deep analysis with several computer engines in an attempt to find the truth of what is going on.
You voraciously consume books and DVDs about your chosen systems where some well known player glibly hands you a series of moves that will deliver easy glory in your next games. You become scared to move in early positions and fear the things you cannot see. You sense the ghosts and fear the shadows that lurk behind each one of the opponents pieces as they carry out their mysterious dance...
Sometime later you realize that vast tracts of time have wandered out of your life possibly along with wives, girlfriends and significant others, but you can console yourself that your innovation at move 16 of the Riga Variation of the Open Lopez is a winner. Shame no-one will allow it in your games for years.
Go there if you wish but take my advice, never ever reach the stage where you cannot make a move in an opening based on your own assessment and understanding of the position. When you do that you will be playing