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It isn't a beauty contest, it is comparing each dog to the written AKC standard and the judge's interpretation of which dog best meets this standard. Goldens don't require any docking/mutilation so I don't think you should have much of a problem with conformation because it wouldn't involve any alterations of Chopin.
Like Bender said, call your breeder. First, you need to know what s/he thinks of how Chopin is growing. Was he a pick puppy? Next, you need FULL AKC registration. If you don't have full registration, you can't show in conformation. Also, dogs less than 6 months of age can't compete yet in conformation. So, depending on when you plan to neuter Chopin, you may or may not want to compete.
A book that has been helpful, I believe Barb (Hotel4Dogs) recommended it was "Show Me" and it gives a lot of detail for what showing involves. Good luck!