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Depends what you mean by booked up. Normally top GMs prepare for the openings they will play and also those that the opponent will likely play. The normal lines in those openings the will always know. The problem is the special surprises and prepared lines they 'booked up' on. Once they have been used the opponent will also be prepared and often come ...


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As Brian noted, theory can move on quickly, but that does not remotely mean that everything that was prepared is lost in a short period of time. I think that the biggest issue was just that prepping for the world championship was much more intense, and rigorous, so Ju is going to be that much more prepared, and thus, a much more dangerous opponent than usual ...


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How long does it take until Ju Wenjun is no longer very "booked up"? Top players have outstanding memories so it takes a very long time for the actual memories of the booking up to fade. However, theory moves on quite fast. When you "book up" you are essentially bringing yourself up to date with the latest theory and ideally coming up with some new (...


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Since I play the same openings, I'm always booked up, although I still need to refresh some of the side lines. Just like I will always know addition, but need to refresh the higher math functions. At higher levels, the GMs have to changes openings to surprise their opponent and hope for some advantage. Once this line is played and the surprise is spent, ...


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