Originally posted by mufin78man
I think that while some unconventional openings may be good for taking your opponent by surprise, playing something like Grob's Attack(1.g4) will do you more harm than good in the long run.
Eric Schiller has two opening books, I have both:
Unorthodox openings and regular openings, don't have them
both in hand, may not be the correct titles but he covers most
of the nutty openings un the unorthodox book, some pretty good
ones, better rep than just suprise value in 5 minute games.
I just googled in eric schiller and he has a home page.
It seems the USCF is boycotting his books, don't know why.
Anyway he has a bunch of books, and there are more than three
on openings, Unorthodox, Standard, and Gambit openings are the
general opening books. He also has gambits for white and gambits
from the black side as separate books. Check him out, pretty good
stuff. I also have Nunns Openings (NCO) and MCO which is up to
14 so far I think.
I have a few of the ECO's but like Nunns better because they are
listed by name, kings gambit, evans gambit, etc.
ECO only gives numbers so you have to have the index down if you
want to study specific openings.