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Some news: changed layout of this blog,  more modern look;
achieved a C(orrespondence)C(hess)M(aster) norm on ICCF:

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new results with updated (Shredder) engine

Now that Deep Shredder 13 came out, somewhere mid/end 2016,
my computer results on the Free Internet Chess Server
(FICS, improved again (with an engine, i'm
only allowed to use Shredder on Fics, not Komodo or Stockfish).

With still some other engines ranking higher, i came into to the
top 5 rankings on Fics for blitz, standard, *and* bullet. My opening
book -still used ony with the CP interface) now is about 32 Mb; my
favorite first move for the computer now again is 1.d4, but
sometimes i also play 1.Nf3 (often similar),
1.c4 (sometimes similar), or 1.e4.

Below the nr 4 place recently achieved on FICS:

NB not only is DS13 a much stronger engine, now also the syzygy
endgame bases can be used with the engine (had to adjust some time
settings, due to some time forfeits, maybe because i don't have
an SSD disc yet for these syzygy bases..)

below the notes for account kec(C) on Fics:

A super-GM repertoire

From my research the English opening (1.c4!) seems a good
first move in top level chess. Although the fundamental differences
between various opening moves are small (*), and a good GM
obviously also tries to look at what the opponent usually plays,
or knows (repertoire). Yet fundamentally, it also matters to know
how theory  develops, for example:

1.c4 e5 (1...c6 leads to Slav2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3! Bb4! (3...Bc5
4.Nf3! e4 5.Nd4 0-0 6.Bg2 Bxc3 7.dxc3 d6 8.0-0 Re8 9.Nc2
and White maintains a slight advantage.

Otherwise, after 1. c4  Nf6  2. d4 e6 (2...g6 leads to Gruenfeld
or Kings-Indian) 3. Nc3    (g3 also is possible) Bb4!  4. Qc2!  0-0
(5. e4!?   d5   6. e5   Ne4  7. Bd3  c5 8. Nf3  cxd4  9. Nxd4 Nd7
10. Bf4   Ndc5 11. 0-0  Nxd3=) 5.Nf3! d5 (c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.g3!
Nxc5 8,Bg2 b6 [...Nce4 9. 0-0 Nxc3 10. bxc3  Be7 11. e4  d6
12. e5  dxe5 13. Nxe5 Qc7 14. Qe2  Bd6 15. Re1 Bd7 16.Bg5!N]
9.0-0 Bxc3  10.Qxc3 Bb7 11.Rd1! Qe7 12.Qa3! +/=) 6.a3 Bxc3
7.Qxc3 dxc4  
8.Qxc4 b6  9.Bg5  Ba6  10.Qa…

small update (for the chess book)

a few corrections;

Having looked at some transpositions in some more detail, i
will re-arrange some chapters in mybook in the positional
repertoire; after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6!? 3. Bf4,  Black may still
have some problems after all, although i had analyzed such stuff.
So after 1.d4 Black can probably better play d5! going for the Slav
(2. c4 c6! but then Black can also throw in a dubious  Albin gambit
2...e5 no big deal. And 2.Nf3 still is possible, but then after 2...Nf6
3.c4 c6! Black is going for the solid Slav defense again

Secondly there's another possible improvement, in the Moscow
line, After Bxf6 Qxf6  instead of the neutral 8.e3 because
of the strong defense systems with ...g6!, White might  better
go for the Hastings variation with 7,Qb3!?, although
also then Black can equalize, for example:

1. d4 d5  2. Nf3   Nf6  3. c4  c6  4. Nc3 e6  5. Bg5  h6  6. Bxf6  Qxf6  7. Qb3  a5   8. e3  a4!  9. Qc2   a3  10. b3  Bb4  11. Bd3  Nd7  12. O-O   O-O  13. Rac1  Qe7  14. Ne2   Ra5  15…

Further explanation of my book(s)

Because of some comments by readers some further
explanation of the underlying thoughts in my book
about chess openings seems worthwile:

First of all, it should be noted that there are several
parts in the book, one especially for beginners in
opening theory (yet knowledgeable about the chess
rules and basic play), one for intermediate players,
and as two extra chapters, one with gambits for White,
and the last one a positional repertoire with 1.d4.

In all chapters the concept of a repertoire has been
applied to reduce the number of variations to learn.
Thereby in the first repertoire, for the beginners,
the primary aim was simplicity, starting with 1.e4
for White, and playing 1...e5 with Black.
Note that the latter, Black repertoire also can be
useful for intermediate players.

In the next chapter, the repertoire for White with 1.e4
has been assembled in such a way that White intends
to play the strongest move, no matter what Black's
response is. These strong moves for White were…

Revised version

having discovered still some little mistakes in the chess notation
in the beginner's chapter, we revised the previous editions:

now on Kindle:

Learning the Chess Openings, Kindle version

Ofcourse the paperback version also has been update,
and the price reduced (!):

Better Chess openings (paperpack)

NB this basically is the same book as the Kindle book above, but
in addition a table with openings for beginners and intermediate
players (Black and White) has been added at the end.

It also is for sale on
Lulu version (paperback)