Someone in here started a thread about chess a couple of weeks back, since that thread I made an account on chess.com and have been playing a LOT since then. I understand the basics, importance of controlling the centre, the value of pieces, how to fork and pin pieces. But my openings absolutely suck ... My rating on the website is always just below 1200 ... can never get enough consistency to get above that. My main problem is my openings, if I can get through the first few moves without completely f**king up and getting exposed, I'm usually good to go and have a decent chance of winning ... but a LOT of the time, against anyone decent, I get my ass handed to me in the first few moves on my poor openings. How do people get good at chess? Particularly openings?? Is it through memorisation?? Any advice appreciated.