Opening books - how to use books with your chess bot



Chess bot can use opening books. There are 2 own opening books available in the downloaded package: Basic.book and GM.book. These books are pretty simple and not very strong. They designed only to widen debut repertoire of the bot and achieve a more human-like play.

So if you want to use own book, just turn on "
Use own book
" checkbox on "Advanced" tab (
see picture №1
).



Also, you can use ".bin" books, which provided with some engines like Komodo or Brainfish. In that case, you need to configure engine settings and specify the path to a such book.

Please follow this instruction (in this example we will connect Cerebellum book to Brainfish chess engine):

1. First of all, we need to download the book and
unzip it to the same folder
with the chess engine.

2.
TURN OFF
"Use own book" checkbox on "Advanced" tab, otherwise, the internal book will override moves of engine's book!

3. Open engine settings by clicking on it's name (
see picture №2
).

4. Now we need to specify the path to the opening book. Since we put it in the same folder with the engine, we can just enter the name of the file: "Cerebellum_Light_Poly.bin" (
see picture №3
).

5. That's all - now just press
Save
button.

Please note that for different engines settings may differ, for example in Komodo engine you should also set "OwnBook" value to "true", besides specifying the path to the book. Please refer to chess engine's documentation for exact instructions.




For other book formats, like ".ctg", you may try to use Aquarium Book Adapter
: http://chessok.com/books/BAdapter.html
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