I'm unable to get more than draws with this guy who is running only a Core2Duo. I'm running a 3930K O/C to 4.8Ghz with 32 GB RAM.
He says he has a very strong self-made book and I believe him.
I too use strong books like Houdini book and Yaneo3.abk, but when we come out of the Opening, usually Sicilian, my score is -0.55 or -0.65 or worse !
I only manage to draw because of my powerful CPU.
How do I beat this guy ?
I use Arena 3.0. We both use Houdini 2.0c.
Should I switch to Fritz ?
Should I reduce the depth of Opening Book to 15-20 moves only ? Will this force him to come out of Opening Book early ? I've read somewhere that this could backfire on me. Is it true ?
Should I play unusual Openings like 1. e3 or the relatively uncommon 1.c4 as White ?
Or 1. ...c6 as black in response to 1.e4 and 1. ..f4 to 1. d4 ?
Or should I not use an Opening Book at all ?
Or play weird openings like 1.h4 ?
Relevant suggestions please, no wisecracks !