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Subject: Re: Bookup vs other opening software

Author: Dann Corbit

Date: 20:46:06 03/06/06

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On March 06, 2006 at 23:14:09, Daneil Johnson wrote:

>I wanted to study openings too but was not sure which program to use Chessbase,
>Chess Assistant 8.1, the Comprehensive Chess Openings 2005, Openings Instructor,
>and Bookup.  If someone has Chessbase do they really need Bookup?
>I like the way Comprehensive Chess Openings 2005 list the openings in their
>openings table mode its like BCO but cannot use a external chess engine, only
>can use built in Crafty.  For the money, for Bookup Pro, I could buy Chess
>Assistant 8.1 mega and then link up uci engines (I hope so).  I already have
>Chessbase but afraid to add to books and screw up the opening books. Maybe the
>Chessbase program can do everything Bookup can but I don't know how to use it
>correctly. I have been sitting on the fence for awhile and cannot make up my
>mind about buying Bookup.  If someone can help please guide me on how to best
>improve and learn openings I will be grateful.  Cost is not really important but
>value is.

'Study openings' is a bit vague.  Do you want to study a single opening or learn
about a broad variety of openings?

I like anything Sierawan writes, because I can easily understand what he is
saying, so this book is to be recommended by me:
http://www.chesshouse.com/Winning_Chess_Openings_Ed_p/6376.htm

The US correspondence champion who posts here likes Bookup.  Using Bookup is a
little tedious, but it can create great results.

I like ChessAssistant.  It has a lot of precalculate analysis.  Yes, you can
hook up all kinds of engines under ChessAssistant (Winboard, UCI, MCS) but not
your ChessBase engines [maybe you could using RS232 or something -- not sure].

I think that the Rybka engine does spectacularly well in openings (it's the only
engine I know of that will compute the Evans Gambit main line without doing
stupid gaffes, but you need to give it long time control).



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