An index of ChessBase and Fritz videos for 2010/2011

A poster to a chess message board recently requested a list of the subjects of my ChessBase 11 and Fritz 12/Fritz 13 chess software instructional videos on our YouTube channel. After I reflected on that for a while, I agreed that it would be a good idea to create such an index to help our chess friends find the instructions they’re seeking. So here’s a list of my videos from late 2010 through the end of 2011, along with their topics and links to them.

You might want to consider bookmarking this page in your browser to make it easy to come back to this index.

The links are provided in chronological order in two sections: ChessBase videos and Fritz videos. Note that the earliest ChessBase videos (numbers 1 through 11, plus 33) cover topics (such as basic database searches) which also apply to Fritz software.

ChessBase Tip #0001 – Player searches in ChessBase 11, tips on replaying games, resizing the default chessboards, as well as other display tweaks.

ChessBase Tip #0002 – Two easy ways to use ChessBase 11 to learn the ECO (Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) code of a chess game and then use that information to search for games by opening.

ChessBase Tip #0003 – Easy and effective game header searches: finding games by tournament, year, result, and other criteria.

ChessBase Tip #0004 – Searching for annotated games (chess games which contain master or grandmaster commentary and variations).

ChessBase Tip #0005 – Search for a specific board position in your master reference database.

ChessBase Tip #0006 – A “hidden” tip for conducting board position searches across multiple databases in a single pass.

ChessBase Tip #0007 – Search for chess position fragments (partial positions).

ChessBase Tip #0008 – Create and implement advanced position searches and exclude board and position elements from a database search.

ChessBase Tip #0009 – Some “hidden” features of chess position searches in ChessBase 11, including “Or” board searches and piece sacrifice searches.

ChessBase Tip #0010 – How chess annotators use the “medals” feature as a visual cue to point out especially interesting and instructive games in a database.

ChessBase Tip #0011 – How to search for games which have been marked with annotator medals in ChessBase 11, which are colored bars that denote various chess themes and motifs.

ChessBase Tip #0012 – Basic techniques for conducting easy and effective material balance searches in ChessBase 11 through the example of a simple Queen vs. two Rooks endgame search.

ChessBase Tip #0013 – A continuation of the topic started in ChessBase Tip #0012; material balance searches in ChessBase 11, (finding games based on board material).

ChessBase Tip #0014 – Minor piece endgame searches in ChessBase 11.

ChessBase Tip #0015 – Database searches to find multiple various pawn structures such as passed or doubled pawns.

ChessBase Tip #0016 – Search for games containing common strategic Bishop motifs.

ChessBase Tip #0017 – Maneuver searches in ChessBase 11, the basics of writing effective search parameters to find specific piece movements in the games from your chess database.

ChessBase Tip #0018 – How to limit a ChessBase 11 maneuver search to a specific span of moves, allowing you to designate the phase of the game (opening, middlegame, endgame) in which the maneuver occurs.

ChessBase Tip #0019 – How to search for maneuvers involving captures, and search for specific captured pieces.

ChessBase Tip #0020 – The power of wildcards, which enable you to create searches which involve more than one moving piece as a maneuver parameter.

ChessBase Tip #0021 – How to string multiple maneuvers together into a single search.

ChessBase Tip #0022 – Database searches for pawn promotions, as well as pawn promotions with an opposing piece capture.

ChessBase Tip #0023 – The surprises you can find in a ChessBase 11 database search, such as Knight underpromotions with mate.

ChessBase Tip #0024 – Search for material sacrifices.

ChessBase Tip #0025 – Search for tactical themes, a little known “trick”.

ChessBase Tip #0026 – Techniques for combining different search types (such as by player, opening, and specific piece maneuver) into a single search.

ChessBase Tip #0027 – Demonstrating an apparent paradox: the more parameters you specify in a database search, the less information you receive as a search result.

ChessBase Tip #0028 – How to create a new database in ChessBase 11, copy games into the new database, change the sort order of the game list so that annotated games are displayed at the start of the list, how to make this new sort order a permanent change.

ChessBase Tip #0029 – An advanced ChessBase 11 technique: how to copy a portion of a master database’s existing opening key to a separate unkeyed database and then index the second database’s games.

ChessBase Tip #0030 – Another advanced ChessBase 11 feature: creating a “theme key”, a game index saves time on oft-repeated searches.

ChessBase Tip #0031 – How to “nest” keys inside of other keys, creating an organized hierarchy of specific subkeys.

ChessBase Tip #0032 – How to turn a ChessBase 11 database into an opening book for Fritz.

ChessBase Tip #0033 – An explaination of the statistical displays in opening trees.

Fritz Tip #0001 – Color-coding game variations to provide greater viewing clarity in a game’s notation.

Fritz Tip #0002 – Why Fritz’s handicap modes are a much better choice than “fixed time” modes for casual training games. Fritz’s pre-programmed “personalities” are also discussed in this video.

Fritz Tip #0003 – A special “beginner” play mode: pre-programmed “odds” games in the Fritz interface.

Fritz Tip #0004 – “Friend” mode, a training mode which utilizes an “adaptive” opponent: over a series of games, the chess engine will alter its own chess strength to be just slightly better than your own, offering a competitive game without being overwhelming.

Fritz Tip #0005 – “Sparring”, a special play mode in the Fritz software which actually sets up tactics for you while you’re playing against the chess engine.

Fritz Tip #0006 – How to expand your suite of chess playing engines by importing new U.C.I. (Universal Chess Interface) engines for use with the Fritz interface.

Fritz Tip #0007 – How to set up a board position for practice or analysis in the Fritz interface.

Fritz Tip #0008 – How to set up the Fritz Endgame Turbo tablebases; testing for a proper tablebase installation.

Fritz Tip #0009 – How to set up an endgame position and then practice your endgame technique using the Fritz Endgame Turbo tablebases.

Fritz Tip #0010 – How to use the Fritz pre-programmed endgame training.

Fritz Tip #0011 – How to adjust Fritz’s “draw” and “resign” settings.

Fritz Tip #0012 – “Opening Training” options including general and detailed openings, and how to use the training feature to force the chessplaying engine to play a particular opening.

Fritz Tip #0013 – Customizing Fritz’s Endgame Training feature (shown in Fritz Tip #0010) by adding your own endgames.

Fritz Tip #0014 – How to set up your own suite of opening variations to use with Fritz’s Opening Training feature.

Fritz Tip #0015 – “Attack Training”, which challenges you with random positions in which you must successfully identify all pieces and pawns which are under attack.

Fritz Tip #0016 – “Defense Training”, a mode designed to hone your ability to spot pieces (both yours and those of your opponent) which are undefended.

Fritz Tip #0017 – “Check training”, a feature which tests your ability to spot friendly and enemy pieces and pawns in a position to check their opposing Kings.

Fritz Tip #0018 – A short tour of the changes to the program’s user interface between Fritz 12 and Fritz 13.

Fritz Tip #0019 – A basic “Let’s Check” feature, position discovery.

Fritz Tip #0020 – Instant access to existing game analysis on the “Let’s Check”server.

Fritz Tip #0021 – How to analyze a complete chess game using a chessplaying engine while contributing your analysis to the worldwide Fritz13 “Let’s Check” community.

Fritz Tip #0022 – How to earn “analysis credits” for using your computer and chess engine to analyze positions submitted by other Fritz13 users.

Fritz Tip #0023 – How to submit a position to the Let’s Check server for other Fritz13 users to analyze.

Fritz Tip #0024 – Submitting a complete game for analysis by the worldwide Fritz “Let’s Check” community.

Fritz Tip #0025 – How to annotate positions for the worldwide “Let’s Check” audience.

Just a reminder (even though I mentioned this before): please bookmark this page for future reference. If you find any broken links, please e-mail me.

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