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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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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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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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