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Player: United  malbase Subject: ECO BOOKS

2006-01-24 15:27:27
How good are the ECO books today?-
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1International  xyzbaddar2006-01-25 20:37:33

2International  URTV6662006-01-26 12:16:02
what does ECO stand for-

3Europian  pierre2006-01-26 14:17:46
Encyclopedia of Chess Openings-

4United  malbase2006-01-26 15:43:42
Back in the 1960's the former Yugoslavia, (Jugoslavia) started
a series of Chess publications.
It was a challange to a magazine printed in England which printed every GM, and Master game played at the time with notes.
The English Publication indicated they were going out of business since they could not keeep up.
The ECO series started. Encyclopedia of Chess Openings.
The codes you see with each printed game are ECO codes.
Opening codes. Such as 1. b4 is A00.
The question posed is due to the fact that there have been complaints about the quality of the later books.
The early editions A-E were written by Botvinnik, Keres, and a quality crowd of GMs. The newer set, the complaint is that the
person who did the research is not identified.
Every Six months however, the publishers have been printing an edition of important games.
The history:
PCO, and the later MCO were the American version. Started by Fine, (PCO), Korn, and later others. MCO never indicated that it was researching every opening.
The Soviet Union had a few book published on Openings.
The (East Germans) in the 60's had a series written by Keres,
Taimonov and others.
The (West Germans) had a series called the Schwartz Opening Series. Also a set of opening books written by Max Euwe.
Then came New In Chess and others. As well as ECO.
(Euwe later did the Opening section for the American Chess Magazine Chess Life).

5Australia  b1__2006-01-28 12:18:09
The key to reading and learning about openings from opening books is getting a second opinion. Don't rely on one book. You must have at least two.

I recommend Rueben Fine's The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings (old but for an explanation of opening ideas this is still the best), and Nunn's Chess Openings (respected for being the most accurate encyclopedic opening book, computer checked, and very recent).

I use Seirawan's Winning Chess Openings which is nice and simple, fine's book, and an old one I picked up years ago called Mammoth Book of Chess (NCO I want and will get). The most important thing here is that I have several opening resources. You'd be surprised how often they contradict, and from these contradictions you learn more than playing by rote from one book.

6United  malbase2006-01-30 11:08:09
In Think Like a Grandmaster, Kotov quotes
"Never copy the moves of the masters, unless you know why the moves were made."
To learn openings, going to another subject,
go to the games of Paul Keres.
A good start is Paul Keres best Games by Reinfeld.
Also the newer and later versions of Keres games by Keres.
I myself in PGN have an older version, of Keres games annotated
by Tartakower, Euwe, Keres, Reinfeld, Fine, and a host of others.
The book product is located in City College of New York.
Keres Best Games 1934 -1937. Moves are explained.

7United  Wulebgr2006-02-02 01:31:49
For the serious and knowledgeable player, ECO is invaluable. Along with ECO are the [i]Informants[/i] by the same publisher. They are a waste of money for the beginner or even intermediate player still in need of the fundamentals, such as you'll find in Fine, [i]The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings[/i] or Seirawan's [i]Winning Chess Openings[/i].-

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