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How to use the chess Mega Database with ChessBase and Fritz

The new Mega Database 2012 for ChessBase 11 and the Fritz family of playing programs (Fritz, Hiarcs, Junior, Shredder, and Rybka) is here! The ChessBase company updates their master database annually to include new games played over the previous year, as well as to add historical games which have recently been unearthed. The latest version of the database contains 5,154,657 games (an increase of 357,739 games over the 2011 version), as well as 700 tournament crosstables and reports, and an updated Player Encyclopedia for use in ChessBase 11. Among Mega Database 2012’s treasures are more than 78,000 games annotated by titled players.

Over the years, I’ve sometimes heard players say, “Why do I need millions of games? I’ll never play through all of them anyway!” Gee, I don’t know – why do you need a local library? You’re never going to read all of those books. Comments like these illustrate vividly that the point has been missed. A database of five million games (or any chess database of any size, for that matter) is just like a library – you’ll never use everything that’s in it, but what you will use is there for you whenever you want it. Let me show you what I mean with a simple chess example… Continue reading

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Some interesting analysis output from Fritz/Rybka chess software

We’ve looked at a lot of information over the last few posts to this blog, so we’re going to take a short pause today and catch our collective breath a little bit before proceeding. Admittedly I did cover things a little backward in those past posts, as I’d first received numerous requests for information on the analysis features of the Fritz “family” of chess playing programs (Fritz, Rybka, Junior, Hiarcs, and Shredder). Partway through that short series of blog posts, I began to receive requests on game input (how to add your personal games to a database). So that’s why we discussed analysis first and game input second. Continue reading

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“Cutting and pasting” games into Fritz/Rybka

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. Continue reading

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Manual input of games into Fritz/Rybka

If you’ve been playing chess any length of time, you have gobs of old scoresheets lying around, maybe whole books of them. You’d love to be able to input these games into the Fritz family of playing programs (Fritz, Hiarcs, Junior, Shredder, and Rybka) to have a chess engine analyze them, but you don’t know how to do it.

Guess what today’s topic is going to be? Continue reading

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“Blundercheck” analysis mode in Fritz/Rybka

Last time around we learned how to analyze a chess game using the “Full analysis” mode in Fritz and its related playing programs (Rybka, Hiarcs, Junior, & Shredder). “Full analysis” is a decent tool for chessplayers (especially beginners) who don’t want to be overwhelmed by long, and sometimes complex, variations and who would rather have verbal cues and symbolic notation instead of numeric evaluations. But for players who are a bit more advanced and aren’t afraid of numbers, there’s another analysis mode available. “Blundercheck” provides precise numerical evaluations – you’ll not only see that the chess engine’s suggested variation is better than what was actually played, you’ll see exactly how much better. Continue reading

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“Full analysis” mode in Fritz12 and Rybka4

In the last blog post we mentioned the most useful feature of your chess software program(s), one which tabletop and handheld standalone chess computers lack: the ability to analyze complete games. Today we’re going to start exploring these game analysis features, specifically the ones in the Fritz12 interface (also shared by the ChessBase versions of Rybka4, Hiarcs13, Shredder12, and Junior12). Continue reading

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The most important feature of your chess playing software

I still own my first chess computer, a tabletop model I bought in 1989. It had plenty of levels, but at that time even the low levels were able to kick my butt. Despite my lack of success in defeating the danged device, I became fascinated by chess computers – within a year I owned three tabletop models and a portable “peg” style model. Continue reading

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