GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #9:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
(KW, July 14th) You say, "Should I see learning Opening repertoires like driving a car on different routes - you have to drive them often enough, so they become familiar, then if one road is blocked/closed, you can drive a different road and still get to your destination?"
I think there is a lot of truth to that analogy.
I went to the UK once for a couple of weeks, and did some traveling around London. Let's use that as an example.
The same goes with our opening as any opening. We know the first few turns (1. Nf3, 2. g3, 3. Bg2, 4. O-O), in this game I am showing you a couple of more (5. d3, 6. Nd2 with normally 7. e4), but there could be construction (roadblocks) along the way.
It could come after Move 1, it could come after Move 6 (as in our game) or it could be later. The closer to home I am, the more I should know my neighborhood. This is MY territory. I should be more familiar with it than anyone else (my opponent). A certain amount of memorization IS necessary. But not all at once.
In these lines, you will not be "forever being stuck inside a book and not developing mental flexibility once 'out of the book'".
These lines change rarely. They are not like the Sicilian Schevenigan or Richter-Rauzer or Najdorf or whatever else is the hottest thing in chess that can change daily and has hundreds of variations.
With the Barcza opening, we are reducing the amount you should at least be familiar with from thousands or tens of thousands of lines (literally) to a couple of dozen at most.
In my own copy of the KIA repertoire, I will be adding a line about this variation that Fritz has thrown our way, even though it is similar to the Long Variation or the Sicilian Connection mentioned in the Repertoire Suggestions (below). I may not travel down this path often, but next time I meet it, I will be prepared.
I think that is a good compromise. Learning a dozen or two variations until they become good friends (like walking a mile in any direction around your house), and learning typical plans that can arise in any variation (like learning the major routes of a city).
What I am seeking to do is provide you with both. Get those under your belt, and you can become as natural a player as Capablanca, or Lasker as you want. You never have to become like Botvinnik or Fischer, neither of whom seems to have ever forgotten anything they ever saw or read about tens of thousands of chess variations.
You don't need to know every variation through Move 30. In our system (Barcza, KIA, Reti) the openings are consistent, and the strategies are the same again and again, just in different combinations. You will become a more positional player.
King's Indian Attack (KIA)
While searching the Internet, I have found a great site for the KIA.
The first page is a great description of the KIA even for those familiar with it. On that page is a statement:
"In this section, we will take a look at eight of the most important variations in the King's Indian Attack. Take the time to survey these lines with their move by move commentary and you will find yourself ready to tackle anything black is likely to throw at you. Here you can play through a move by move explication of a given line or variation."
His explication line by line is virtually that, so I decided that this would be a good way to suggest a Repertoire.
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