1. Format

My analyses are delivered as ChessBase files or pgn files.
This makes them an order of magnitude more valuable than an opening book with the same content.

The problem with books
There are good opening books around, dealing with useful strategic explanations. Its structural problems however, makes the opening book a second tier training tool:

  • It takes ages to play through lines using book and chessboard.
  • There is very limited scope for augmenting or refining the content.
  • You can’t directly check the information with an engine.
  • You don’t have access to full games, which is important for studying the middlegame plans or to see how a line unfolds into a typical ending.
  • In books, interesting analyses have to be kept very short (the author has to shorten his original analyses) due to the limited amount of space. By contrast, electronic files can provide you with the full content. This doesn’t mean that you have to process all that information, as you determine yourself how deep you want to dive into the material in any given situation.
  • You can’t prepare effectively with books in the short time available during a tournament.

Converting analog to digital data
In order to circumvent the problems inherent in books, you can transform the content of books to files on your computer. This is a method I practiced myself when I still was an active professional. You would have to:

  • establish a variation tree for every sub-line of the book by merging all relevant games
  • restructure this material according to the order of the author
  • insert all relevant symbolic and verbal information
  • possibly do some cosmetic clean-up, as the variation tree is bloated with irrelevant games

By doing this one time, you will find out that it is quite time consuming. If you multiply the hours spent with your hourly rate in your professional job or with the value you assign to one hour of your spare time, you will probably arrive at a pretty significant figure. You might want to use this figure as a benchmark for evaluating my analyses.


2. Quality

  • My analyses are quite comprehensive, as I also cover all important sidelines.
  • I spend a lot of time on my analyses as I am driven by the desire to find out the truth about a position.
  • I use a search depth of 30 plys (half moves) as a standard.
  • My analyses are rich with verbal comments in order to explain the logic of a position.


3. After Sales Service

  • Not every author is approachable.
  • If you think there are mistakes or something is missing, I will give explanations or update the material.
  • If I conduct major updates, all buyers receive a copy.


4. Distribution

  • Small distribution, as my website is the only marketing channel and also has a low traffic rate.
  • Also, my analyses should be rather considered as high-end products and are not necessarily meant to serve a mass market.
  • As a consequence, they will stay under the radar for a longer period of time and might be used as a secret weapon.