ChessBase has released literally scores of video-based training DVDs over the last several years, many under the “banner” heading of “FritzTrainer”. All of these disks are self-contained, in that each has an installable copy of ChessBase Light included on the disk. If you already own ChessBase or Fritz, you don’t need to install ChessBase Light to have access to the video instruction on the FritzTrainer disk.
The task of accessing the instructional content is occasionally a bit challenging for some users of Fritz (or the related ChessBase-produced playing programs: Junior, Rybka, Shredder, and Hiarcs). In this blog post we’ll show you how to get to the video instruction on FritzTrainer disks so that you can view, enjoy, and learn from these videos.
First, of course, you’ll need to place the FritzTrainer DVD into your computer’s disk drive.
Next, launch your playing program (Fritz or one of the others mentioned in the previous paragraph); when the “splash screen appears”, select “Play _____”:
(When you see an illustration in this blog post, by the way, you can click on it to get a larger view)
After you get to the main chessboard screen, there are a couple of ways to proceed. You can simply hit the F12 key on your computer’s keyboard to open a separate database game list window. The other method is to click the round button in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, select “Open” from the menu, and then “Open database” from the submenu which appears off to the side:
Either of these methods takes you to exactly the same place: a new window showing the game list for the database you were last using.
Click the round button in the upper left-hand corner of this new window and select “Open” from the menu:
The standard Windows file select dialogue will appear. If you watched the video I recommended in my last blog post, you should have no problem with this dialogue. Click the pulldown menu to the right of “Look in” and select your DVD drive from the list of drives under “Computer”:
When you do, you’ll see the folders and files on your FritzTrainer DVD. One of these will be a file ending in the three-letter extension .cbh; double-click on this filename to load the database from your DVD:
The game list for that database will now be displayed. The list’s first entry should be a text screen (rather than a game), identifiable by the word “Text” on the far right if its listing:
Double-click on this entry in the game list and you’ll see the “table of contents” for the videos on the DVD:
The photographs on the right-hand side of this screen aren’t just for decoration; they’re actually links to the instructional videos. Click on a photo to start the video in the main chessboard screen of your chessplaying program:
Later, when you’re finished watching videos and want to go back to your regular database, just close the DVD’s “table of contents” by clicking the “X” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen; then, in the game list window, click the round button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and select your database from the list under “Recent databases”:
For those folks who are using ChessBase or ChessBase Light, we’ll soon be taking a look at viewing FritzTrainer videos in those programs. Until then…
Have fun! – Steve Lopez
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