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Subject: Re: Bookup vs other opening software

Author: James T. Walker

Date: 04:49:40 03/07/06

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On March 06, 2006 at 23:46:06, Dann Corbit wrote:

>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:
>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).

It seems a little ironic that Sierawan has written a book on openings.  I seem
to remember him once saying that he never really studied openings.  I always
thought it was the reason he never became a really Super GM.  Never the less,
I'll bet it's a good book.

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