That is the question...
I grew up playing the White side of the Ruy Lopez at every opportunity. Loved it. Didn't know too much theory, but as a 1300 player who's really expected to know that much theory?!
Then about a year and a half ago I switched to the Italian game. The results were actually not too bad..
Fast forward to about six months ago when I started playing the Ruy Lopez again. Have only had one opportunity to play it and I won the game handily.
But now...well, quandary time. My coach thinks that I'll do really well with it. Also, certainly less theory.
So why do I feel so conflicted? Perhaps because I have to learn some Two Knights theory as well? I don't know. I just know that I only feel 75% sure about this decision. And come on, it's just an opening. Theoretically the choice of openings shouldn't make a difference at this level, although how can it hurt to play the same opening as a strong master who you're taking lessons from who can really teach the ideas behind it.
Perhaps this type of silly inner conflict is part of what holds people back in chess sometimes.
Stay tuned for which opening Chris chooses...film at eleven...