Custom COW eBooks

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FreeRepublic
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Custom COW eBooks

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I have imported games, PGN files, into COW for years and am still discovering new resources and match-ups. Here are some that I have used.

Importing current games. I used to do this weekly using The Week In Chess. I switched to Chess Assistant and update annually. Either way there would be one COW eBook for each year: 2016, 2017, and so on. I am no longer keeping this up, but it remains an option and I sometimes pull up one of those a COW eBooks to look at something that is not specifically addressed elsewhere.

Game downloads by opening. Chessgames.com will support this I think. Again, I use Chess Assistant. For example I download games from the Open Ruy Lopez and import them into my Open Ruy Lopez COW eBook. I do this once a year, or whenever I get around to it.

Annotated games by opening. You can subscribe to the Open Sicilian section from Chess Publishing, download all the annotated games from prior years and and import them into COW. Early in 2022, you will be able to import the additional annotated Open Sicilian games from 2021. This makes for a hefty eBook on the Open Sicilian. By now, it is hard to find a line that they have not covered.

Another source is Chess Informant: https://sahovski.com/ for the electronic Chess Informant. I downloaded Chess Informants from 1963-2020 as a single file. This can be opened by ChessBase or ChessBase reader. Using ChessBase, I recently selected games of interest stemming from 1c4 e5 2Nc3 Nc6 3Nf3 f5 4d4 e4 and saved them as a PGN file, which I uploaded into a single COW eBook. This seems to work just fine, and I already know how to be productive in COW.

Purchased Opening Books. There are the many opening books developed specifically for COW available at BookUP: https://www.bookup.com/catalog/. Every ModernChess.com opening book I have bought imports flawlessly into COW.

Once you have the games, annotated or not, COW is the best possible environment I know of to analyze, comment upon, and organize material of interest.
FreeRepublic
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Re: Custom COW eBooks

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I just ran across another source of games:

https://www.pgnmentor.com/

We are are spoiled for choices of PGN chess files. I think all are designed to be stand-alone. They vary considerably in price and features. However I think all can benefit from a match-up with COW. The reason is that at some point you will want to retrieve a position and see your comments. (COW's built in engine is great too.). COW provides the permanent repository of your understanding. At some point your COW file becomes the master file for the opening in question.
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