Monthly Archives: February 2011

ChessBase 11: Sorting game lists

Now that we’ve examined how to back up a ChessBase database, it’s time to see some of the large operations we can do with it.

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Backing up your ChessBase 11 databases

In the process of thinking about topics for posts to this blog, I’ve been considering some discussions of major database functions in ChessBase 11 – the kind of functions that can make major changes to your databases. I’ve realized that I need to cover one topic before we cover those kinds of functions: the procedure of making database backups. Continue reading


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Strategy University

Everyone recognizes the importance of tactics to a player’s ultimate chess success. Richard Teichmann is famously (and often) quoted as saying “Chess is 99% tactics”. Although one might disagree with the figure he gave, no one in his or her right mind would ever completely dismiss the importance of tactics as a component of the successful player’s chess knowledge. Continue reading

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Extended tournament information in Fritz, Rybka, & ChessBase

In the previous post to this blog we took a quick look at the “Save game” dialogue in Fritz and Rybka (which also applies to ChessBase 11, by the way). I didn’t mention the ability to include extended (and fairly specific) information about the tournament in which a particular game was played. So let’s zero in on that facet of game entry in ChessBase as well as the related playing programs). Continue reading

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Saving your own games using Fritz and Rybka

One of the first things new users of Fritz and Rybka usually do with their software is to create a database of their own games. I did this myself, back in 1992 when I received my first copy of Knightstalker (Fritz1). This is a pretty beneficial use of the software; when you’re done entering and saving your games, you can start to have the chess engine analyze them.

But how do you create a database and input your own games? Continue reading


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Automatic opening citations in ChessBase 11

In our last blog post we looked at using Fritz Powerbook to manually find deviations (a.k.a. novelties) in our own games while reviewing them. It’s a great use of Powerbook and, while it takes a bit of time to perform this type of check, you can learn a lot about the opening by manually stepping through your games: Continue reading

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Using Fritz Powerbook to find opening deviations

Fritz Powerbook has a number of different uses: it can be an expanded opening book for the Fritz family of playing programs, it can be a statistical tool for researching openings, it can be used for finding opening transpositions. Yet another interesting use for Powerbook is to find the spots in your own games where you or your opponent departed from “known” opening practice. Continue reading


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