Editor’s Word

Successful opening preparation essentially depends on two key components: reliable opening repertoire, and/or the ability to surprise the opponent. Many chess players are aware of that fact, but, in order to achieve their goal, time must be invested studying openings from a source that can be trusted, be it an expert, book, or software. Chess Openings 24/7 is brimming with expertise and is all about saving time and money. For a proper introduction to our CHOPIN service, check out what two of our main contributors have to say.

GM Boris Avrukh

Chess Openings 24/7 Editor-in-Chief

Our Editorial Board is an all-GM team, whose expertise guarantees the quality of the CHOPIN service. Computer analysis is only the first part of research performed by Chess Openings 24/7, with grandmasters to provide the human touch and have the final say.

We have been working to produce the following major components:
The CHOPIN subscription service is projected to have 500 opening codes which will be released on a daily basis during weekdays. It is intended to provide comprehensive coverage of opening theory which can be trusted, and it will be constantly expanded with regular updates.
Opening surveys will provide in-depth coverage of particular variations and be published twice weekly. The column “Trusted” will focus on fashionable and top-level lines, whereas “Dusted Off” and “Busted” will offer fresh looks into somewhat forgotten, or less popular, openings and variations, or outright refutations of dubious lines; one of these columns will be published each week. Another weekly addition – “Pick of the Week” – will consist of surveys with a more narrow focus, and be built around recent games and ideas that catch my attention.

The opening database tree is currently built of games from the previously described components, but other more extensive databases with over-the-board, correspondence and engine games are expected to be added in the upcoming months.

My colleagues are in charge of the opening codes from their own repertoire (expect in cases of some very rare lines), so they are highly competent to perform selection, analysis, and evaluation of the material. The Chess Openings 24/7 Editorial Board is striving for perfection (and I wouldn’t want it any other way), but initial expectations should be reasonable, as the sheer quantity of theoretically relevant games is daunting; still, a considerable amount of high-quality material has been available from the very beginning. What’s important is the fact that all the above-mentioned content will be regularly updated, and more importantly – constantly improved.

GM Bojan Vučković

CO24/7 code system and chess-related software solutions architect

Our entire concept is based upon the assumption that top-level games are the most relevant for opening theory, so we practically took all available games wherein the opponents had an average rating of 2600 or above and used them as the basis of our research. About 70,000 games were subjected to deep engine analysis, and numerous improvements and games from our extensive reference database (over-the-board, correspondence, and engine games) were recommended and added by our silicon friends.

Computer engines have, nowadays, become irreplaceable assistants in any serious chess analysis, yet their games are conspicuously absent from most opening books and articles. After thorough research, Chess Openings 24/7 is determined not to make that mistake, and engine games will have the same treatment as any other game. Such an unbiased approach is bound to reap instant rewards, and an example of it will be available in an upcoming article by GM Borki Predojević, whose success in a recent game came mostly as the result of an opening preparation based on Black’s incredible success rate in engine games played with that opening line.

The enormity of available material, and the changes in popularity of some opening lines, require a novel classification system, which is being developed to divide the entire material into 500 opening codes of approximately equal size and importance. In such a way, all of the new codes are of significance for contemporary opening theory.

Last, but not least, our user interface was designed for ease-of-use and quick access to relevant information. All sidelines are sorted from best to worst, and folded by default; their final evaluations are available at each juncture, so users may opt to leave some sidelines folded if they consider them not promising enough, based on the previewed evaluation. Line and article summaries may also prove useful, as they provide condensed information and instant insight into the editor’s choice of most important games and variations. We have developed our user interface based on considerable experience, but future improvement of our service will be also based on feedback.

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