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Subject: Re: Bookup vs other opening software

Author: James T. Walker

Date: 11:30:13 03/07/06

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On March 07, 2006 at 13:36:46, Dann Corbit wrote:

>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.

And actually a fairly nice guy.  On one of my early days of learning to play
chess I played against a Canadian GM in a simul.  He was playing about 10 people
at a time and I was just in the middle of my game.  He up and walked away and
went to lunch without saying a word to anyone.  I just figured it was because I
was winning ! :-)

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