So this Thursday in round two of the championship of one of the clubs I play at I am paired against an Expert. He's had a relatively long layoff from tournament play, but nevertheless, Experts are Experts for a reason.
I have White, and know that if I play 1. e4 I may very well face a Latvian Gambit. I am ready for that, but not sure how to handle the Sicilian. I have been working on the Grand Prix, but he plays that as White, so no edge there since he'll know those positions better than I.
I could play my childhood favorite Alapin and hope to get an edge, but I haven't played that opening in quite some time, although I do still look at games in it from time to time since I still love it.
So what to do? Well, I could play something else like 1. Nf3, 1.d4, or 1.c4, but should I? I had been playing those things, but decided that it might be a good idea to go back and focus on 1.e4 until I get a better feel for the opening.
So one of life's little mysteries...
Well, the good news is that I don't have to be to work tomorrow until 4pm so I will get hours and hours to study and prepare.
So I guess I'll have to make the most use of the time...