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Creative Methods To learn Chess Openings by Anatoly Machulsky

Anatoly Machulsky

There is probably something that will never change in chess fans: the passion for learning openings. 

It does not matter if the best Grand Masters insist on the importance of other phases of the game, or of other game techniques such as calculation, openings always end up ahead in book sales or chess class questions.

Method to learn chess openings:

“The first thing to know is which openings is best for your playing style and for the time you can spend studying.” says Anatoly Machulsky

If your level is below 2000 ELO points, probably not all openings are for you, I would even say that if your level is not higher than 2100 ELO points, not all openings are for you. Other opening methods are given below.

Learn openings effectively

In general, most people want to learn things fast, well, and to be made infallible players. But that, unfortunately, does not exist.

Learn openings without books:

  1. The first thing you have to get is a good game database. Chessbase mega database is a perfect option. 
  2. Select 50 or 60 games among the players with the highest rating
  3. Review all the games quickly, go one game after another without going too deep. It’s all about getting familiar with the key schematics and patterns.
  4. Check the games again. But this time stop at the key moments and try to figure out how you would play. It is not about spending 20 minutes analyzing. It is about making a minimum effort so that later the concepts are fixed in a more lasting way. Try to guess how those good players will play.
  5. Write down the ideas of each position in each game. They carry out active learning and look for similar forms of play in all games: structures that occur the most, transitions from the opening to the middle game, places where the pieces go more frequently, static and dynamic positions that more are given … With all this information build your own “book” making notes.
  6. Finally, try to compare your studies with a good manual; it can help you understand some things and complete your analysis.
  7. When you note all the things including different moves, strategies then you should try yourself after playing one game note, all the mistakes that you made and try to improve them with the help of these notes.

Anatoly Machulsky notes “In this way, although it may surprise you, learning is much more effective, because not only do you limit yourself to watching a game go by, it is you who has to make an effort to understand things. And this effort will allow you to lay the foundations for each time you have to go to your memory.”