In Petrosian’s book Chess on the Top, the former world champion said that one should ‘‘trust, but verify’‘. This teaching should not be taken lightly and my interpretation of this is that it is essential that you add your own thoughts and opinion on everything you read.
This is especially important when it comes to studying theory books. It has taken me quite a few years, but finally I’ve come to the conclusion that if an opening variation is too weird for me then I shouldn’t play it, regardless who the author backing it is or how prestigious the engine spilling the moves is.
For example, in one of my recent tournament games the following Catalan position occurred after 6 moves:
I knew that the latest recommendation for white was to continue with 7.Nc3 followed by 8.Nd2 or 7.Nfd2 followed by 8.Nc3. White plays e4 next with a comfortable position.… Read more