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 Post subject: Greetings, Salutations & Felicitations, Folks!
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:58 pm 
Hello there folks! I ended up at this site through a search for the Benko Gambit, something I have heard a lot of lately, and which grabbed my attention.

I have played chess as a child at school, and briefly throughout my life, but I have only recently decided to take it up seriously (though I would still like to have actual fun playing it).

Naturally the ‘Sicilian Dragon’ sounds like awesome on toast, the name itself making me want to play it, but it does have a lot of theory — as you folks must obviously know. I do use a mnemonic technique to memorise lines and variations, but I have only come to that relatively recently as well!

What would people here suggest in terms of getting started? I have a couple of basic books on tactics, strategy, etc. but I can’t quite get the hang of some of the games I see. I suppose I want an explanation of why people have made the moves they have, other than “Theory says so”.

Also, should I study the cold and scientific exactitude of endgames? I must confess to somewhat of an endgame phobia!

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