We had a copy of Modern Chess Openings so I set out to memorize that since I was terribly afraid of going wrong in the opening and losing. To choose my opening repertoire, I did the most logical thing possible; looked at what current World Champ Garry Kasparov was playing. He was the champ so they had to be the best openings right? So I set out to memorize the Ruy Lopez, King's Indian and Sicilian Defense. This worked out about as well as you would expect.
After HS, I bought a few chess books and tried to study. The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings, Pandolfini's Endgame Course, Winning Chess Tactics, Winning Chess Strategy & Comprehensive Chess Course Vol I & II. The Alburt books was were I learned I should be concentrating on tactics and endgames, not memorizing openings. So I had a better idea of what I should be studying, but not how to study and retain the information I had learned. After another tournament of mediocre results against other Class E players, I stopped playing.
So here I am. For those who don't know, the blog name is a reference to the classic Saturday Night Live skit featuring Jim Belushi doing the Bobby Knight version of a chess coach. Unfortunately the entire clip doesn't seem to be available online, but you get a good idea what it was about.