Openings are important.
Although it is common to hear well-experienced Grandmasters telling you that you should start by studying the endgame (as stated by Capablanca), this does not mean that you should put the opening aside.
In modern chess, when even the low rated players have great access to information and top analysis by coaches and strong players, it is mandatory to have a decent opening knowledge in order to compete.
To learn a new opening is not something easy, as you can easily drown in the ocean of information that is already published, and the other that will be published soon.
Openings, like fashion trends, are constantly changing and evolving and it can be exhausting to keep track of everything. In this article, we will show some practical steps to learn a new opening and maintain it.
Once you have made up your mind on what openings you wish to study and add to your repertoire, it is time to get some work done.
By now, after completing steps 1 and 2 your culture of your selected opening should have enriched enough. Not just that, your general chess knowledge has become wider too.
But your work is not yet done, time to move on to the “move by move” phase.
With this, we finish this short guide to learn a new opening. We believe you really won’t need much more, to begin with. With time, experience and analysis of your own games, you will be able to introduce new ideas and thus create your own “theory”.