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Anyone care to try and educate me and convince me that scripted openings are worth memorizing and employing?


Here's my opinion on it. Memorizing openings is basically a time-saving device. For each move you make there are a certain number of reasonable/expected responses. Then there are a certain number of reasonable/expected responses to your opponent's response. Now if you already have all or most of these variations memorized, it can save you much time in a tournament setting (which is very, very important), and can also potentially intimidate your opponent if it seems like you are moving so quickly that you make it seem you already know what he is trying to do, and how to stop him. But as you stated, what are you to do when your opponent strays from the main line, or doesn't react as anticipated? Do you assume that he made a mistake, or do you worry that he knows something about that line which you don't know? That is where book players get lost. I believe that a certain amount of studying/memorizing openings is good, but one should never rely on them completely.
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