Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Proof of improvement? Let's take a look at the evidence. Exhibit #1: All the right moves.

After having having juggled with the idea of adding a d-pawn opening to my repertoire in my head for quite a long time, and coming across one of my liking today (by accident), i finally decided to go ahead and add one.
Now, i went over the Queens Gambit accepted as well as declined, to Queens Pawn's games and Torre attack's, but they just didn't touch me, you know? There's this something i need to feel when i choose an opening. Then it finally hit me. The Catalan. I came across it by accident and i felt this something :-)
But to make a long story short, i decided to try it out right away after having quickly gone over 3 or so games (click to replay the games). The first game is annotated and also the one in which i put most of the little mental energy i had left (cause i am soooo tired lately), causing me to play a whoooole lot less sharp in the other 2 games. Luckely, my opponents in those 2 weren't very sharp themselves :-)
Now, the reason for the title of this post (specificly the "all the right moves" part), is because i managed to play 10 consecutive book moves in the first game without having any theoratical knowledge of the opening at all. To some of you that might not seem like a big of a deal. But to me it is, since i am not doing any opening study at all. But somehow, by applying the basics and this simplistic approach (action/reaction) i mentioned a few posts ago, i feel i start to develop a feel for (atleast) the opening when i play, so... Proof of improvement?


At 09 March, 2006 16:26 , Blogger CelticDeath said...

I think that is IS a sign of improvement. It shows that you understand the logic behind the right moves for the unfolding position. The downside is that when you play an opp who knows those moves better than you, he will use less time than you on the clock. So, while you might come out of the opening ok, you'd have less time available for the rest of the game.


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