In the last few posts to this blog we’ve considered several ways to get games into a “Fritz family” (Fritz, Shredder, Hiarcs, Junior, Rybka) database, but there’s a major source of games we’ve not yet discussed.
The Internet is a major chess resource, with hundreds of thousands of games, files, and databases available for download. But if you’re a regular visitor to chess websites you’ll often find games which aren’t downloads – just notation on a screen. While you could ALT_TAB back and forth between the page and your chessplaying program while you enter the moves by hand, there’s a quicker method: you can “cut and paste” the games into your database.
The first steps are exactly as described in the last few posts to this blog – launch Fritz (or one of its related programs), create a new database (if you don’t already have one) to store games in, click “New game” to reset the chessboard, and turn off the chess engine so that it won’t respond to moves.
Now go to the web page that has the game you’d like to put into your database (here’s an example from the Internet, from the page The 100 Most Fantastic Moves Ever Played):
Highlight the game’s moves (by holding down the left mouse button as you move the cursor over the moves), and then hit CTRL-C on your keyboard (by hitting both keys simultaneously, not sequentially). The combination CTRL-C is the Windows command for “Copy”:
The game notation has been copied to the Windows Clipboard. Now go back to the main chessboard screen in Fritz and hit CTRL-V (the Windows command for “Paste). You’ll see the game notation appear in the Notation pane:
Then you can save the game, typing in the header info (player names, tournament, year, result), information which is not added automatically by the cut and paste process.
Note that the game’s final comment (“and Black resigned”) is not added by the initial cut and paste operation. We’ll return to text annotations in a minute.
You’ll occasionally encounter web page games which contain variations and annotations, such as this one from the ChessBase web site:
Notice that when you paste the game into place, the main line of the game appears but not the variations and text commentary:
To put in a variation, highlight its moves on the web page and hit CTRL-C, as shown below:
Notice that the variation starts with White’s 10th move. Single-click White’s 10th move in Fritz’s Notation pane and press the “T” key on your keyboard – this is the command for “Take back the move and start a new variation”. You’ll see Black’s 9th move become the current highlighted move in the Notation pane. Now hit CTRL-V to paste the new variation in place:
…and simply repeat the process for all the variations in the gamescore.
That variation we just pasted ended with a game citation (“Morozevich-Kurosov”, etc., identifying the source of the game) on the web page. We can get that into a Fritz game with a cut and paste operation as well. Highlight the game reference and hit CTRL-C:
Now go back to Fritz, click on the final move of the variation (22.g3) in the Notation pane, and hit CTRL-A to open the Annotation window:
You’ll notice a flashing cursor in the annotation box, meaning that you can type or paste an annotation into it. Hit CTRL-V to get your annotation into the box:
Click the “OK” button and you’ll see the comment appear as part of the gamescore:
And, when you’ve finished adding all of the variations and commentary, don’t forget to save your work (and, as noted above, you can enter the game’s header information at the time you save it).
Have fun! – Steve Lopez
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