Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Monday, February 12, 2007
A different attitude
I'm not a person that draws a conclusion easy. I always like to keep all options open and I like to think that everything is possible. In chess that might mean for instance that I am not inclined to trade off a bad bishop easy. Because who knows, it might become good some day.
I have studied a lot of mastergames lately, which shows that most things from which I think that they might happen, are actual not bound to happen at all. I really have to learn to look different at the game.
On another note, I have decided to change my opening repertoire. I have played about 8 different gambits and everything what was open and aggressive for both white as black during the past 4 years. Not because I liked that especially, but to learn certain aspects of the game. I have learned alot, and I have enjoyed it. But now it is time to focus on other aspects of the game. So I am going to play everything what is closed, slow, positional, leads to an endgame and solid for the next 4 years or so.
I have looked after the openings played by the positional grandmasters Kramnik, Karpov, Petrosian and Botvinnik. I intend to pick up 1.d4 with white, the Caro Kan and the Queens Indian with black. I really look forward to it. It are openings that are quite alien to me, so I expect to learn a lot. I expect to have an endgame more often, which will help me to motivate for endgame study.
I have no idea if it will fit me, but after 4 years or so I will be able to make a choice which I way to head with my openingrepertoire in the future.