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  1. 26 Oct '10 16:53
    Hi all,

    Could anyone explain what the Alpha/numerics mean that precede the explanantion of the Opening when viewing 'info' on an archived game?

    Thanks
  2. 26 Oct '10 17:01
    Apologies... here is an example,

    C20 KP


    Thanks
  3. Donation mwmiller
    RHP Member No. 16
    26 Oct '10 17:13 / 1 edit
    Is this what you are asking about?

    "C20 King's pawn game"

    In this particular example, the C20 is the index or reference number used in the encyclopedia of chess openings to identify the king's pawn opening. The ECO is a huge database of chess openings and the alpha-numeric codes are helpful for indexing them.

    I hope this helped.
  4. 26 Oct '10 17:17
    Excellent...I didn't know there was such a reference index, let alone that I was playing them by accident!

    Thanks for the info.
  5. 26 Oct '10 21:21
    The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) was originally a 5 volume book on chess openings. Volume A covered Flank openings, B semi open games, C open, D closed and E indian openings. Each volume was then sub divided into 100 different categories from 00-99.
  6. 28 Oct '10 12:56
    Originally posted by mrbluetone
    Excellent...I didn't know there was such a reference index, let alone that I was playing them by accident!
    That's no accident. There is basically no way (except resigning before move 1) to not play an opening from ECO. Even if you do something daft like 1. f3, that's covered under A00. And if you play anything even remotely reasonable, it will have been played before and fall under one opening or another - possibly a rare one, but a known opening with a non-A00 ECO code nevertheless.

    Richard
  7. 28 Oct '10 14:58
    A nice feature on this site is being able to look up all your finished games sorted by their ECO codes, using My Games-Search For Games-Enhanced Search. So if you want to see how well you have done with a particlular opening you can pull out all games that you have played by putting in the ECO code for that opening.