“Never leak data!” – A ChessBase 2021 Opening Encyclopedia Review

Never leak data!

“New books and new data are worthy of your time as long as they contain original and reliable ideas. You will not adopt all new systems, but knowing the different variations and their intricacies can only serve to improve your game. chess.”

This is how Edwards begins his examination of the ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia. It then illustrates the many possibilities that Encyclopedia offers and gives examples of using the tool to deepen your knowledge of openings and to study openings.

He concludes :

“I’m old enough to have bought every edition of the MCO and ECO opening encyclopedias, all now gathering dust on my shelves. I’m young at heart and still competitive enough to recognize that our modern times demand a certain flexibility and the recognition that this new environment is much more efficient. I find that I use it every day.”

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Edwards’ review appeared in the latest issue of American Chess Magazine.

The cover of the current issue of American Chess Magazine

About Jon Edwards

Jon Edwards is currently participating in the World Correspondence Candidates. He won the 10th United States Correspondence Chess Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999. He is a four-time winner of the American Postal Chess Tournaments (APCT) Championship and has been awarded the APCT Game of the Year. twice. He received his International Masters by correspondence in 1997, his Senior International Masters (SIM) in 1999. He is currently battling for his final Grandmaster standard in the prestigious ICCF Spanish Masters tournament.

He participated in the United States Correspondence Chess Olympiad team, reaching the final round. His ICCF correspondence ranking places him among the top 100 correspondence chess players in the world.

In addition to the extremely popular Complete ChessBaseJon has written over a dozen chess books, including The Chess Analyst (Thinkers Press 1999) which chronicles the success of the American championship; Teach yourself visually: chess (Wiley 2006), a photography-based introduction to chess; and Sacking of the Citadel: History, Theory, and Practice of Classical Episcopal Sacrifice (Russell Enterprises 2011). He also writes a regular column on chess technology for the American Chess Magazine.

Jon teaches chess lessons in the Princeton, NJ area and monthly lessons to college students through the Chess in the Schools program in New York. He taught chess to over 2,500 students in 30 years.


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