Houdini Opening Book provides latest chess theory approved in millions of advanced chess games and matches of top human players. It includes over 65 million positions.
Houdini Opening Book is developed especially for Houdini, but can be used with any other engine in the Aquarium interface, as well as in other interfaces (such as Fritz) via Aquarium Book Adapter included on this DVD.
Houdini Opening Book is a thoroughly researched and up to date collection of modern opening lines. It can be used as an opening book in chess engine matches, an opening guide in correspondence chess, as well as a source for general opening studies and tournament preparation by players at all levels.
The opening book is based on a careful selection of the most important theoretical games, both by human players and chess engines. All variations were carefully reviewed and moves were classified and color coded with green color (recommended moves), red (not recommended), blue (recommended for human tournaments but not computer tournaments) and black (neutral moves). If you want to build a successful opening repertoire, based on active but solid lines, this is the opening book for you!
As a special bonus from ChessOK, the book includes chess trees (positional databases) containing computer evaluations of the moves in the book and statistics showing their popularity in human games and in correspondence play. The trees also show changes to the popularity of moves in the past year.
The book is specially designed to use all the advantages of navigation in multi-column tree view of the Aquarium GUI.
The author of the book is Roger E. Zibell.
System Requirements: Windows 7/XP/Vista, 256 Mb RAM, 4Gb HDD space, Aquarium or other playing interface.
Among its other features, Aquarium 2011 build 490 patch improves the opening book's functionality.
For more detailed instructions, read this page.
Technical information and Installation guide:
The package contains opening books that can be used in Houdini Aquarium, Rybka Aquarium 4 and Aquarium 2011.
The books play lines optimized for Houdini, but it is also possible to use them with other engines.
To install the books, run 'Houdini_2_Books.exe'. Provide path to the Aquarium installation folder. The setup program will copy the files from DVD to proper Aquarium folders.
The package includes 3 books:
1) H2 extended is the main book for a wide variety of games. Recommended for use in tournaments.
2) H2 lite is a condensed version. This book can be used if you want to reduce the number of book moves and to allow the engine to start thinking earlier in games. H2 lite is recommended for longer time controls.
3) H2 Wide is a more variative book. Use it if you find that opponents have learnt your lines from the H2 extended book. It is also good for advanced chess play.
To use these books in Aquarium, select the desired configuration in the Tree window.
For further information visit Houdini 2 book online page at http://www.chessok.com/books/Houdini2.html.