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.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: