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Before you play in a tournament, you want to make certain that your opening arsenal is sound and contains the very best possible moves in your favorite openings.The same is true when you buy a book on a specific opening.You may need to make certain that the main lines are strong and that the analysis given by the author is correct.I have seen too many opening books with sloppy analysis and weak main lines get touted by their authors as being a great surprise weapon.I have all 13 volumes of Secrets of Opening Surprises and most of the Dangerous Weapons series and after losing many games discovered that much of the analysis I had relied on was very poor,(The chapters written by John Emms, Richard Palliser and John Watson are usually excellent, but unfortunately not every author is as consciensious as they are) as well as some of the main lines.With Houdini (ELO 3200)one can double check all their favorite openings and novelties before using them in an important tournament.(Deep Rybka 4 and Deep Rybka 2011 are only ELO 3150)Let me know if there is a particular variation from an opening book that proved to be unreliable, so that others may avoid that particular book , and I can also check the variation first with ECO "A: through "E" to see if any improvements can be found.
Sorry, but your topic title makes no sense.The difference between 3150 and 3200 is negligible. The difference is so small it can be ignored. (What is that, less than 2%?) ANY chess engine rated, oh, 2700 or higher, will be able to help you prepare for any opening.
Your ignorance is strong if you think 50 ELO (especially when they're in the 3000's) is going to make any difference on analysis. Houdini's strong point is two fold, one that it's free, and two that it can keep up with Rybka. Even if it were slightly weaker than Rybka it would still be favorable because it is free. It just so happens that it's slightly stronger. Houdini being "stronger" doesn't mean that Rybka is going to miss opening ideas that you seem to think using Houdini for will make the difference. Chess has two different communities, one is the engine community who like to play ELO wars, and the other is the normal chess playing community. Any modern engine, Fritz, Shredder, Junior, Houdini, Stockfish, Rybka, Fire, Hiarcs, Critter, Crafty etc will serve well those who decide to use them. They are all your friends.
My favorite is when an author, in an attempt to make their lines appear reasonable, will give lots of good analysis, and then in the MAIN line, they'll say "unclear" at the end.
No, it's not unclear. It's LOSING. In the case I'm thinking of, what was given as unclear for black was actually nearly a pawn down in eval.
I appreciate the constructive criticism.Obviously you gentlemen have more experience in these matters than I do.What you say all makes perfect sense.I would like to delete this entire forums topic but dont know how.
Rybka being banned for copyright is also something that makes Houdini more important.
NimzoRoy wrote: "Deep Rybka 4 and Deep Rybka 2011 are ONLY Elo 3150"??? Are you nuts or something? Elo 3150 isn't good enough for someone who is unrated??
It makes sense to leave the forum topic, because then other users with the same question can read about it.
playing with modern chess engines is like banging ur head against concrete wall........salute to garry kasparrow hu managed to draw a few and win a few against deep blue
Its typical that comments on many forums chess or otherwise gets the most rudest comments. Why can't the criticims be more respectful. When one uses such rudeness, it says a lot about the individual. (wont mention who, but when using "ignorance" to respond to the article, you can guess.) Fortunately, its very soft in tone compared to other forums out there. The writer of this article was quite polite and mannerly, yet a couple of commenters just went off
Deep Fritz 13 now has Houdini 3 Pro version pre installed.Those who hate computer analysis, or dont think Houdini 3 is any better at analysing ECO main lines than lower rated engines are entitled to their opinion, and can definitely not purchase Deep Fritz 13.On the other hand, if anyone is interested in finding the absolute best continuation for white against the Kings Indian, or the Zaitsev var. of the Ruy Lopez, or the fact that the Albin Counter Gambit is completely sound, the opportunity is now available.
you know that, even though houdini is houdini, sometimes you can still improve on the computer's line, right :P that's what ICCF is all about.
anyway, i also derive a lot of enjoyment from computer-checking my repertoire (no irony or sarcasm intended)
engines are only good for playing other engines. personally, i like to see houdini face off against stockfish or rybka.
rybka is damn committed to pawn structure and solid piece placement whereas houdini loves space and open lines.
stockfish is the most schizophrenic of the engines and will play the craziest lines.
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