Now that Deep Shredder 13 came out, somewhere mid/end 2016,
my computer results on the Free Internet Chess Server
(FICS, www.freechess.org) 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..)
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 Slav) 2. 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.
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:
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…