I am looking for a database of chess games for a research purpose. I found that chessgames.com is one such site where the data for games of strong players would be available (I don't expect it to be free of course!). However, I am not at all interested in the actual moves made in a particular game; I simply want a list of two players and a result of the game. Does anybody know how and where such data would be available? It would be great if the data spans over several centuries (like chessgames.com).

Thanks in advance

  • I forgot to mention that the database need be down-loadable in some form – Peaceful Jul 4 '15 at 11:11
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    I don't understand why can't you just take a mega database such as the one from Chessbase and strip off everything but the names of the players. A simple scripting will be sufficient. – SmallChess Jul 4 '15 at 11:33
  • Precisely that is what I want to do but I don't know how to do that. Can you show me a path forward? Thanks – Peaceful Jul 4 '15 at 11:35
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    No database will ever have ALL authentic games so far. And just what makes a game authentic anyway? – yobamamama Jan 7 at 16:59
  • what makes a game 'authentic'? – edwina oliver Feb 6 at 16:18

I don't think there is any such database that only gives your names and results. But there are some mega databases you can download and script to anything that you want.

and others.

All you have to do is simply take a PGN file and script off the names of the players

[Date "1992.11.04"]
[Round "29"]
[White "Fischer, Robert J."]
[Black "Spassky, Boris V."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

In this example, you'll just need to look for "White", "Black" and "Result". This is not a very hard scripting problem, you can even do it with unix commands. If you don't know how to write a script, please consult online documentation or post a question to stackoverflow.com.

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  • Thanks for the answer. I can script to throw away unimportant parts of the games. What I really need is a single database which I can download instead of spending time downloading many databases. – Peaceful Jul 4 '15 at 11:46
  • There is no one-off database that has all the games ever recorded. Chess base's mega-database is the most complete in the list. chessgames only just you master games. At the end of the day, you might need to join the games into one single gigantic database yourself. – SmallChess Jul 4 '15 at 11:48
  • The chessbase database seems cool since it has so many games that it is close to complete, though I need to pay a big amount. – Peaceful Jul 4 '15 at 11:50

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