How not to "mechanical" thinking? -Josh Waitzkin.

"Try not to mechanically think during chess game" advised Josh Waitzkin. Thinking is the way to make decisions, but having knowledge to make the best move is the only 'fuel' to thinking! Here are some advice for you to benefit;

More than once I've read here in the group that opening should be
learned (if at all) later, after you master tactics, game ends etc.
Suggested book by Jim Roe "Reassessing Your Chess " by Silman starts
with game ends?! But the problem is that in the order to properly
learn thinking or any other aspect of the game, you have to know
opening. (does that make any sense??)

I'll quote Professor Aleksey Bartashnikov (Chess Strategy Course CDs
with ChessBase):
"The opening is a basis on which the whole chess building leans. A
well played opening is a precondition for success in the middlegame.
And on the contrary, mistakes at the beginning of the game can result
in a fast and unexpected defeat.

What is necessary to avoid these mistakes? Certainly, it would be good
to know all basic opening variations which you want to play. However
today their quantity is so great (and it is on the increase) that for
their study a lot of time and strength is required. The most simple
way to avoid trouble from the first move of the game is to follow
certain playing rules."

And then he goes and explains the rules.

Shouldn't someone who likes to improve his chess also with strategy
and tactics learn basics of his favorite opening and variations??

BTW, I would also suggest: "Understanding Chess Tactics" by Martin

The answer is not to study the openings but to know how to make
good moves. For this you must learn what and how to think.

There is a book by Mednis - "How to make good moves" I think, that will walk you thru a good generic opening.

Well, what ever the advice are, you must learn continuously & try to understand but not memorizing the openings, middlegame or endgames - coz human memory work like the recording tape or CD, we have to "input" the brain repeatedly, later on it will "come out" without knowing that you have known the best moves। That is what we call practice - practice makes perfect!

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