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Questions tagged [database]

A set of chess games, distributed as a stand-alone product or as part of a bundle of chess software. For endgame databases, use the [tablebases] tag instead.

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In the opening stage, can we determine that one move is better than another by looking at winning percentage?

After 1.c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6, thousands of games have been played with the following two moves of white: 3.g3 and 3.e4. It seems that the winning percentage suggested that 3.e4 is clearly better than 3....
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Professional Databases and Historical Games

I have tried to look for historical chess games (i.e. 19th century to early 20th century). I usually use Chessbase online database and chessgames.com. I have never paid for a database or database ...
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How do TWIC, chessgames.com, chessbase, etc. keep up to date with new games?

Most players use these services to keep up to date on the latest chess results, but how do these services source their databases? It would seem like a prohibitive amount of work to scrape results from ...
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Recommended master games for teaching chess

I am teaching chess to beginners and am looking for recommended games to be discussed/analyzed together. So the games should be relatively simple, short and ideally focus on one main theme (e.g. ...
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Is there any database of every position ever played in a recorded game?

Is there any database of every position ever played in a recorded game? I don't ask of every possible position in chess, or "solving" chess. Only the positions that were played in a recorded game. ...
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Is there a database of endgame positions with known perfect play?

Perfect play as in, it leads to checkmate in the least moves possible. Not just forced mates.
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Where can I find a good chess database? [closed]

What is the best chess database out there (quality vs. price). Do you recommend online or offline chess database. Any experience with chessbase, chessok, chesstempo or openingmaster?
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How can I find all games between 2 specific players?

How can I find all games played by 2 specific players? For example: Nigel Short and Magnus Carlsen. Is there some official FIDE database or something like that? I'd like an easy way to see things ...
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How can I get a collection of chess games with a 'Greek gift' sacrifice?

I would like to make a collection of chess games that feature the 'Greek gift' sacrifice. There are few games on chessgames.com annotated with this sacrifice. I could find blogs with individual ...
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Data set of board representations at checkmate?

I would like to do a simple project by looking at the pieces at play when checkmate occurs. I have been scouring the internet for a dataset of standard chess games from which I can retrieve the ...
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Online or Print Sources for Historical Games

What are the best online or print sources for historical games? I am generally looking for pre-1930s games NOT by world champions, and, in particular, looking for games by some of the prominent women ...
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Why is it so hard to find a free downloadable chess database with older/historical chess games?

The best free, downloadable chess database I've found is Kingbase (http://www.kingbase-chess.net). It only has games since 1990. I also have the Android Chessbase Online app, which also appears to ...
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Chess Puzzle Database with PGN or FEN

Is there a database of chess puzzles that have the game or positions PGN and or FEN?
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Recommended software for ICCF play?

I am interested in playing correspondence chess online through the ICCF. It is my understanding that using computers is not only allowed, but almost mandatory. My question is: What all kinds of ...
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Game databases vs. various languages/character sets

How do people use chess software in large countries like China, India or Russia, if they don't speak English, and more importantly, if they don't know Latin letters? With unicode there's not big ...
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How to use masks in scid for opening training

I've been trying to understand how the "mask" feature works in scid and how to use it for training opening lines. So far I did the following: open a database of master games in scid open the tree ...
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Database without rapid and blitz games

Last years Mega Database is full of rapid and blitz games taken from live broadcast boards. Is it possible to filter them out? Are there other bases that have games only from long time controls? ...
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Cleaning a database

I noticed that in the freely available TWIC databases (and perhaps in other databases as well) there are sometimes different notations for the same move. Just now I am looking at the Ruy Lopez where ...
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Chessbase on a Mac through Parallells - slow performance [closed]

I'm running Chessbase through the Parallels virtual machine, on a late 2013 21.5 inch iMac with an i5 processor and 8GB RAM (allocating 4GB to the VM). It's running quite slow. Can I expect ...
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What if we downloaded a gigantic database of chess games into our brains (intelligence downloads)?

If we downloaded a gigantic database of chess games into our brains (intelligence downloads), then would we play at a stronger level than the world's leading top players? What about if we downloaded ...
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What are the biggest free chess databases? Is it legal to download games from them?

Are there some free chess game databases where it is possible and allowed to download games? Is it possible to use this information for my own purposes? For example, make an machine learning app that ...
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Where can I find lists of best games per tournament?

I would like to obtain a list of best games per tournament (World Chess Championships, Chess World Cup, ...). By "best" I mean games that either have won a brilliancy prize, or games that are ...
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Chessbase products - difference

Since the Chessbase website is rather unclear, I would like help regarding a few issues: I have a few questions. What is the main differences between the Big Database and the Opening Encyclopedia? ...
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Chessbase vs Hiarcs for DB management

I am a Mac user and Chessbase is not available. Instead I purchased Hiarcs. I would like advise as to whether there's added value to Chessbase that should motivate me to install Chessbase on Parallels ...
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What is a chess database used for?

I frequently see advice about how to learn chess that include links to databases, or how to set them up, or a question here about Analysis where the accepted answer says to just add some stuff to your ...
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Is the advance Caro-Kann becoming less popular?

In my own games I have seen fewer advance Caro-Kann games (1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5) than the semi-open games (3. Nc3 or 3. Nd2) or the Botvinnik systems (3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 or 2. c4). My questions ...
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Analysing Positions in Databases with a program

I've got two questions. I'm wondering if: It is possible to search for certain positions in a database (like Chessbase) and display all of them in a text file. To be able to assign a score to each ...
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Database program for statistics about mistakes

I wonder if there is an application that will help with statistics for my own games. Of course - there are applications (eg. Scid, Chessbase) that allow to make some statistics out of database - but ...
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Good format for library of chess positions w/tags?

I'd like to create a library of chess positions with associated tags. For example, one position might be tagged "Tactics", "Counterplay", and "Knight Forks". The goal is to be able to search the ...
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Personal chess database

I'm looking for non commercial program where I can import PGNs. And to visualize the games I want simple GUI and analysis-table like you will find here. Additionally it would be nice if the program ...
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Chess games ownership, databases to use in app to sell

There is plenty of sites offering database searches and I wonder how to make it without breaking any laws. I'm looking for games source (pgn ideal) that I can download, process and use in my ...
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Generate Simple Mate In 1 From Tablebases (for kids)

I was trying to find a kid's app for chess that has some incredibly simple problems. However, all the apps I found had rather tricky problems. So I thought I would download 3 piece table bases and use ...
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software for a survey of chess openings

Is there any a free software or free pgn files that presents a survey of all openings and their variations (the deeper the best) similar to those found in chess opening references like MCO or ECO ? I ...
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Pawn Structure database

I wonder if there is any existing or a way to create a chess database organised only according to pawn structures, where the notion of a pawn structures is crudely defined by GM Andrew Soltis in his ...
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Meaning of winning percentage

I was wondering about the exact meaning of winning percentage (white/draw/black) in database systems and how to use them for studying. How are move order variations taken care of? For instance, if I ...
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Fritz for Fun 13: how do I add positions to a new database?

My aim is to create a database of endgame positions taken from Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics in Fritz for Fun 13. I've created a new database, but I do not know how to add games or positions. How do I ...
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Unit Testing a chess board representation

So this is a bit of outlier question. I am writing a chess library, essentially from scratch. You can find much of the code here, with the intention of using it for a GUI and/or an engine. (The game ...
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How can I open a .cbh databse

On my old windows-pc I created a database of my games on fritz 11 which I then uploaded to googledrive. The database is a .cbh file. My old computer broke and I'd like to re-open this database. As I ...
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Query for games where the difference of player ratings was big

I want to run a query on a chess games collection which would give me games played by strong players vs weak players, let's say games from the first round of Open tournaments (Swiss system) where ...
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Is it still possible to develop new openings?

I have been using this opening that I accidentally started using a lot and then got good results in Blitz games. I'm almost sure it won't last a chance in standard games but it made me curious about a ...
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What's the difference between SCID and SCID vs PC?

I've got two files installed on my site from SCID & SCID vs PC - Scid vs PC-4.16.x64 & Scid-4.6.2. How are they different ? Or are they just the same ? Which one should I delete if it is a ...
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chess win expectancy by material difference table or calculator

Houdini Chess engine is said to have a calibrated evaluation in which engine scores correlate directly with the win expectancy in the position. A +1.00 pawn advantage gives a 80% chance of winning the ...
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What is the best way to document and archive my past games?

I am looking for more sophisticated solutions for documenting, archiving and analysing my past games. Right now I have a folder filled with PGN files. What systems have proved to work well?
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Is there a chess move history app (Mac)?

I would like to check various positions to see if I have reached them in the past. I play on lichess.org which lets you download your complete game history as a pgn. I was wondering if anyone knew of ...
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USCF player question

I was looking at the list of uscf players (as anyone can through WinTD) and two columns in a dataset, downloadable through the program, are titled RSUPP_NUM, R_PLR_TYP. Does anyone have any idea what ...
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Meaning of move stats in opening databases

I naively thought that if I picked the biggest winning move (for example using white) in the database and kept picking moves that white would always win, but at some point the advantage for white ...
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New to SCID, Where should I begin?

I read "SCID database" mentioned many times in different chess forums. As a regular chessbase/pgn user, I wonder what difference it makes and where I should begin. Thanks!
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Is there a way (or tool) to convert games in PGN to notations like the one in the description?

Example: White: Kd6, Rh6 Black: Kd8 1.? Background story: I'm thinking of creating material for developing the visualization skills of my students. If I can convert easy problems to text notations ...
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How do people use chess software to improve their practical skills?

I'm currently using chesstempo to get better at tactics, reading books on strategy, analyzing grandmasters' games, etc. My current rating is around 1800 and I am planning to gain 200-300 points ...
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How do you convert a scid database into a pgn database?

So I got a big scid database and ScidvsMac. I would like to convert the complete database into a pgn database. So far I have only found out how to convert single games into pgn, something I'm not keen ...