NEW ARTICLE: How to Memorize Chess Openings and Variations – Without Forgetting Them a Few Days Later!

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Abhi yadav

Abhi yadav 1 year ago

Wonderful idea. I am working almost the same except the point 1 I am not following. My files are already created but no worries next time I will make another file for my memory test. It will be wonderful.

Shahinur Haque

Shahinur Haque 1 year ago

I just read the article and it is just awesome.  Just one clarification in our chess mood opening course there is a pgn file after every opening.  If I download it and complete it that's mean I followed step number two right?

ChessMood 1 year ago

Yeah, if you download it and add variations based on your level, it would be done :) 
You really know what we need to learn!!! I'm so grateful!
Aayush Shirodkar

Aayush Shirodkar 1 year ago

amit mishra

amit mishra 1 year ago

The article !! is very instructive and effective.It is really helpful.
Kourosh A

Kourosh A 1 year ago

Dear Avetik, I have an experience that I want to share with you:

In some complex openings like Catalan, KID/Grunfeld (g3 systems), Some Reversed Sicilians etc... we can reach the same positions via different move orders! In these slow/complex openings,  it seems to me that understanding the pawn structures and the relative value of pieces are much more important than memorizing variations. Memorizing interrelated variations and addressing all transpositions in a software is not an easy task at all... To my experience,  in such complex openings, trusting the opening choice, understanding and feeling the position is the key to find the right move.

Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 1 week ago

As always - very instructive. Thank you, Avetik. One thing I like to add re Step 4 - Fix your mistakes:

I find it very useful to integrate Opening Tree into fostering my repertoire and fixing mistakes. At the moment I am in my second iteration of watching the videos form each opening course. Before starting a section, I load my lichess games into Opening Tree from the last months (this might take some time). Then I try to remember the line(s) and the challenges I faced and mistakes I made when playing it. After completing the section and checking the correctness of my pdf, I switch to Opening Tree to analyse what actually happened in my games. In my pdf (and my study plan) I note the date of the 2nd iteration so that I have the starting point for the next period.

Maybe ChessBase (or other tools to store one's games) already allow you to create such trees out of your games - but to my knowledge my tool does not, so I was very happy finding Opening Tree.

jamie Wilby

jamie Wilby 1 week ago

You could create a opening book out of your pgn files might be a way to do it in chessbase.