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Subject: Re: Bookup vs other opening software

Author: Dann Corbit

Date: 10:36:46 03/07/06

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On March 07, 2006 at 07:49:40, James T. Walker wrote:

>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.

I don't know that it has the depth of coverage that an expert would need.  But
it reads like a novel -- any moron (including me) can just pick it up, read it
and easily understand it.

All of his books are great (I have all of them).  The only other chess book I
really, really enjoyed was "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" which was the first
chess book I really understood.

Sierawan is also my favorite chess player.  He was the best US player for some
time, and I think he is also both rational and sane, which is a rare commodity
among the super great chess players.

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