Learning A New Opening

A topic that interests many people is how they should learn a new opening. How should one go about this process?

Well missing out the important steps of whether or not we need a new opening and whether or not it is suitable, the simplest method is to play through some good annotated games in which it is played and then just get out there and play it! There’s really no substitute for getting stuck in and these days we have options such as getting stuck in via internet games.

In the early 1990s I made an important decision to switch from the Modern Defence to more classical options, and this had a pivotal role in my gaining the Grandmaster title. Of course my early steps were rather tentative and I never really learned to play the Nimzo like a native, but the overall results were very positive.