Previously we discovered how to use a ChessBase 11 database’s Player Key to ensure that we’re finding only the games of a particular player (without accidentally getting extra unwanted games by players who have a similar name). But there are other useful functions available in the ChessBase 11 Player Key as well.
Take, for instance, the “Player Statistics” button, located on the ribbon hear the top of the screen:
Single-clicking on a player’s name (to highlight it), then clicking on the “Player Statistics” button, brings up the following display:
…in which we can see all kinds of interesting and valuable information about the chosen player (in this case, GM Jan Timman of the Netherlands).
The left-hand pane shows a list of Timman’s opponents; this list can be sorted various ways using the button below the scrollable list. The “A-Z” button sorts the opponents alphabetically, “N” by the number of games Timman played against them, and “Result” by how well (or poorly) Timman fared against a listed player in their contested games.
The central pane displays the events in which Timman has participated during his career; these are also able to be sorted alphabetically, by result, and by date. A fourth button will generate a crosstable for the event in question – just click on an event to highlight it, then click on the “Table” button to view the crosstable in a new window:
The right-hand pane lists Timman’s games by ECO (Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) code. These can be sorted by Timman playing the White pieces, the Black pieces, or by the alphanumeric ECO code of the games (by clicking the “A-Z” button):
The two columns after an ECO code display the player’s results in that opening as both White (the left column) and Black (the right column). Each column shows the number of games as well as the player’s success in that opening, with the percentage given from the player’s perspective (Example: Timman played 4 games as Black in A06 openings, scoring 75% – and when we check the games we see that he did indeed win three of the four).
Another button (labeled “ID-Card”) displays some biographical information about the player:
This display will show birth and death dates (plus age) for the player, his or her country of origin, some assorted other info (about ratings, titles, etc.), and a “slideshow” of photos of the player:
…all of which is especially useful for writers (like myself) who appreciate quick access to information about a particular chessplayer.
A player’s ID card also provides access to extra information about the player, and we’ll examine that on Friday when I post here again. Until then…
Have fun! – Steve Lopez
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