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  Do you prepare?




LeHorla

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Mon May 15 2017 3:12PM | MsgID: 19735019


I sometimes click the "match history" link to check my previous games against that opponent. If I see for example that I'm struggling with the French defense against him, I might play through the games, see where I went wrong, and try to find improvements. I don't really do his because I want to increase my winning chances. I'm mostly just trying get better in the openings.

I strongly believe that reanalyzing one's games is very important to improve. I don't do it nearly enough, but this provides an easy way to do it.







kasmersensei

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Thu May 11 2017 2:38AM | edited: 2:39:29 | MsgID: 19727248


I have a few times, but often it's not difficult as I am mostly a 1 e4 player as white, so I expect a large variety of openings. As black, what system I adopt depends on my opponent's choices. For example, I know some people like playing main lines of the Latvian Gambit, and I prefer to avoid those. Because these are not in match play conditions, many opponents I don't play often. I had one tournament where I had two different players try the King's Gambit against me and managed to steer it into 2 different lines I was comfortable with. I do try to avoid the booked lines of the Sicilian as I play the closed lines. And I had two recent games with the 2 Knights defense where I got to play new lines in both.







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Mon May 8 2017 7:13PM | MsgID: 19723027


Originally posted by: "kasmersensei"
I sometimes also look through the games, but only to se which openings they might prefer. Often I don't worry about it as my openings vary from rubbish to brilliant.




When you locate their preferred openings, do you avoid them?









kasmersensei

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Sun May 7 2017 3:33PM | MsgID: 19720754


I sometimes also look through the games, but only to se which openings they might prefer. Often I don't worry about it as my openings vary from rubbish to brilliant.







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Thu May 4 2017 9:42PM | MsgID: 19716089


Originally posted by: "R_De_Siota"
...Now, if we were playing for money instead of icons...




Oh Yes..







R_De_Siota

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Thu May 4 2017 6:36PM | MsgID: 19715749


I will sometimes go to an opponent's homepage and see what trophies he or she has won with which opening. I never play through an opponent's games. The effort expended isn't worth it. Now, if we were playing for money instead of icons...







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Thu May 4 2017 12:16PM | edited: 12:17:37 | MsgID: 19715195


I've just started a new tournament, and it made me wonder if people prepare for their opponents. GMs do, but at that level I doubt they would win too many games if they didn't. So, do you go through your opponent's games and prepare for them? Personally I don't, but if I continue to improve I might need to.