Monthly Archives: May 2011

ChessBase 11’s extended book display

Viewing opening books (also known as opening trees) such as Powerbook 2011 using ChessBase 11 can provide valuable information when you’re researching openings; you can bang through a series of moves and see statistics on how well (or poorly) specific moves and variations have fared in practical play. Continue reading

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Mega Database’s Superkey opening index

In the last post we discovered how to associate an opening with an ECO (Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) code using ChessBase 11. It was a quick way to do it, but it’s also not entirely accurate for extremely short variations. However, we have another tool for learning the ECO code for a specific opening variation: the “Superkey” opening index which is a part of ChessBase’s Mega Database (as well as the other large databases offered by ChessBase). Continue reading

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ChessBase 11 – finding an opening’s ECO code

One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve encountered over my years in the chess software business is “How do I find the ECO [Encyclopedia of Chess Openings] code for a particular opening?” There are a couple of different ways to do this using ChessBase 11, both by itself and in concert with the Mega Database’s opening key. Continue reading

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ChessBase 11’s “New Games” button

ChessBase 11 comes with a database of nearly four million chess games spanning the years 1475 to the third quarter of 2010. But new games are being played all the time. How do you get new games for inclusion in your ChessBase database? Continue reading

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The “piece path” special annotation in ChessBase 11

I’ve recently been editing some pre-1930 chess games for publication and came across this interesting one from the 1914 St. Petersburg tournament. It involves an unusual amount of Queen maneuvering, which will also give me an opportunity to demonstrate one of the special visual annotation forms available to ChessBase 11 users. Continue reading

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ChessBase 11 – Updating the Player Encyclopedia

In Tuesday’s blog post we learned how to semi-automatically (“semi” because it does require some action on the part of the user) copy Mega Database 2011 to your hard drive within the ChessBase 11 software. But there’s a second component to the Mega Database DVD: an updated Player Encyclopedia. How do you update the files on your hard drive with the new ones on the Mega Database DVD? Continue reading

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Copying Mega Database to your hard drive in ChessBase 11

Although this post will specifically mention Mega Database as our example, the process described here is fully applicable to any of the other DVD databases from ChessBase (such as Opening Encyclopedia and Correspondence Database), as well as to third-party database offerings. Let’s get started… Continue reading

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