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How does everyone view chess openings?
How does everyone here watch chess openings?- Chess Programs, Internet. Also, when people post chess openings, or long sequences of moves, are people playing these suggestive moves through their mind? On a board in front? Computer programs? I'm fairly new to this game, and maybe this skill comes through experience. Thanks for all responses.
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I think usually for a beginner its important to play a lot of games without getting too hung up on the openings. In fact learning the endgame is probably more relevant. Just develop all your pieces before you attack, then you can get a feel for the game and opening possibilities. However it usually good to know at least one opening and beginners are usually recommended to play openings like Ruy Lopez.
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I think you're asking how to view(visualize) the moves. Using a board and moving the pieces is a good way to go. You could just as easily use a chess program and play both sides.
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Thanks for responses.
I guess my best tool to learning chess openings is through games. I often do play the Ruy Lopez.
sliver12- I have used the two methods above, with a board and chessmaster 9. I found them to be time consuming. But reading chess notation may be a skill that just takes time.
I thought it would be cool if chessmaster 9 allowed cut and pasting a series of moves, but they probably only want people utilizing chess sources within the game.
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Reviewing the Openings
I usually sit down in front of a board and play through the moves myself. I generally won't use an opening in actual game play until the ideas behind it make sense to me, and it has to feel playable. Once I've decided an opening has merit, I use it in a lot of games.
When I'm playing an actual game, I usually make myself try to visualize the combinations. I use Gameknot's analysis feature to work out really tricky situations, but I'd rather be able to visualize when I can, since it seems like that helps my over-the-board play.
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The openings and the stuff
If you keep playing some opening pretty often, you don't really need to use a board or chess programmes. A good friend of mine who is IM says he can remember 20-30 moves in a general line of the opening he plays (Najdorf Sicilian) and doesn't need to check the moves using a board. As to me, I usually try to find a good move w/o analysing it on a board or using the analysis feature here on GK. I try do all the analysis in my mind because it simulates the usual OTB situation and also makes your brain work at its hard which is very helpful too. It's true that sometimes you cannot do all the analysis in mind because of the tricky positions and then I use that GK board analysis oprtion. Using chess programmes is a very bad habit I should think because you will become lazy and degrade in the end.
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I consider openings to be "advanced" stuff. As a beginner I'd ignore it until it's explained to me.
May I suggest www.chesskids.com, Kids, School, Class 3 or so...for beginners. I know it's "kid" but it's good anyway and the quizzes are awesome and really make you think :)