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Openings for different classes . musings advice or suggestions.

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  • Openings for different classes . musings advice or suggestions.

    Hello all,

    I played in my first USCF tournament in 20 years back last August, and picked up 70+ rating points since I was C-class when I started. Of course I'd been playing in NYC leagues for several years but they weren't USCF rated. So my USCF rating is 1580 something, but I estimate my strength to be about 1750. I know many say similar things, but I've been actively playing for almost 12 years w/o USCF ratings, including blitz in NYC parks etc.

    Okay to the point; I've been one of those chronic opening jumpers, but I've reasonably settled down, playing primarily Caro-Kann, London System, and some Nimzo/bogos vs 1.d4.

    I also have some experience with the classic 1.d4/c4 openings, the French, and the Czech Benoni.

    I'm wondering if there's any way I can mix and match that repertoire for better result in future tournaments. Like which ones should I play against lower level players, which against higher rated competition. Or, if time is limited, which of the French and Caro would you think better suited for which competition group. Also, for those of you who do adjust your repertoire against players depending on their rating, what do you do against equal-ish competition?

    I know some people play lines within lines to mix things up. My Caro repertoire is a bit unorthodox as I play the Smyslov/Karpov system vs mainline and an early c5 against the advance.

    Oh and I don't just look at openings Tonight just finished looking over the famous Zukertort-Blackburne 1883 London game.

    Thx for any replies.
    "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."- George Bernard Shaw

  • #2
    You should play the opposite to what your opponent likes. So, if someone throws Caro-Kann at you (let's reverse what you know about openings), play as active as possible. Or, if you see Queens Gambit, throw Albin Countergambit in order not to let your opponent play comfortably active as usually they do. Psychology is key to chess above certain level, and those super-ultra-hidden chess courses usually reveal this for like 516525$. Do of course look at openings, but not YOURS
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    • #3
      To add to that suggestion, remember that kids tend to be very good at tactics, but frequently don't have the pateints for positional play. So intentionally play quieter openings against them.

      "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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      • #4
        Against older guys(maybe 50 and above), play sharper tactical lines. Older guys tends to be less sharper.
        " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

        -- Garry Kasparov--

        "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

        --- Garry Kasparov--

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        • #5
          For example, Carlsen's over-confidence is hardly ever used against him, people just try to outsmart him by memorizing more. Instead they should try to make him crumble under the pressure of not knowing what to do (say, some ultra-sharp lines including odd looking gambits to seize initiative).
          Skype chess coaching? Send a message!
          Ever heard of The Hook and Ladder trick? Please refer to the famous game by Andriej Hook and James Ladder.
          Play as if you didn't understand chess. People always fear what they don't understand.

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          • #6
            We could practice this you know.....
            Skype chess coaching? Send a message!
            Ever heard of The Hook and Ladder trick? Please refer to the famous game by Andriej Hook and James Ladder.
            Play as if you didn't understand chess. People always fear what they don't understand.

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