Opening Theory

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Here at Quixote's Horse, we have never been an advocate for investing much time in learning mainstream opening theory. In fact, the sooner yours truly could leave 'the books', the better. The reasoning was simple enough - the sooner our club strength opponents could be forced to rely upon their own thinking, the better the chances to exploit a club level mistake in either strategic based planning or tactical calculation. As long as we were following 'the book', our opponents may as well be Grandmasters! Consequently, this section will feature some lesser seen openings, some so-called 'less than best' sub variations in mainstream opening lines and finally, the development of a pawn structure based "system" that can be played against virtually any opponent's opening- no opening books or hours spent in memorizing topical lines required!

 

The following links will offer only an overview of the indicated openings. Anyone inspired by these examples must be prepared to consider these examples as just the starting point for their own research. It will certainly not be enough to simply review/memorize the material provided... that is the kind of approach that many of my former students chose to take. Note the emphasis on the word 'former'. Caveat emptor.

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