Why have a specific opening repertoire?
- To specialize in a limited set of openings
- To minimize the amount of study required
Why have I chosen to have to have 2 sets of opening choices?
- Because my objectives differ when playing higher or lower rated opponents
- To get exposure to a larger set of opening ideas and positions
- To avoid boredom and stagnation
- To have a back-up plan in case my opponent is prepared for my opening
Objectives against higher rated players.
- To paraphrase Simon Webb - The tiger must lead the elephant into the swamp.
- Maximize my tactical chances
- Unclear / dynamic positions
- Drawish lines OK – especially forcing tactical lines
- All pawn structures, including IQP
- Stay in book. I want them to leave book worried about my prepared lines.
Objectives against lower rated players.
- The tiger waits for the rabbit to make a mistake
- Minimize my opponent's tactical chances
- Strategically sound positions
- Avoid drawish lines
- Avoid symmetrical pawn structures
- Avoid pawn weaknesses
- Get them out of their prepared lines.