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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Where to find a list of the computer stored in the FICS Games Database?

According to the FICS Games Database there are currently 1,525 "computers stored". Such accounts are indicated by a "(C)" after the username. However, this suffix does not seem to be recorded in the ...
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How do OTB games end up in databases?

How do games of players that are not so well known, or not huge events end up in Chessbase and other databases? What are the different ways that games are cataloged? If they are not playing on an ...
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Are there any (free) games databases out there?

I am searching for a broad and extensive games database (i.e. games played between real players.) I can hardly seem to find any (even paid ones.) - However all sorts of chess software has these built ...
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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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What is the approximate number of unique positions added by each practical game of chess?

The average number of moves in a game of chess is about 40. This would be an average of about 80 positions in each game, but many positions are shared between games. More sharing occurs at the ...
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Are there any online public chess databases I can upload my own games to?

Does there exist any online public chess database that I can upload my own games to (so that others can look at them)? I know that sites where you can play online will store games (that you played on ...
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Database of chess results

I'm looking for a database or a collection of the chess results of all FIDE-rated games (standard time control). The data I'm interested in is: the white player, the black player, the result and the ...
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Database of every possible move in chess

Imagine that there is a chess database of every possible move and position. This database contains all possible moves from opening to end game. If I played using my intuition against a chess engine, ...
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Is there any software (preferably Linux) that, when managing a database, can inform you about opening transpositions?

To make it simple, let's say that I play a game that opens with 1. e4 d5 2. d4. I use Scid-vs-PC, and in this position, it just shows a bunch of games. Od course, if black plays now 2 ... e6, we ...
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Freely available PGN databases

I am looking for a relatively large PGN-formatted database (with at least 500k+ games), that is downloadable, with possibly the following properties: Simple formatted (no time indication after moves, ...
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Moving a game up or down the SCID database list?

Is there a way to move an individual game up or down the database list? Or give it a new game number in the list?
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Which online chess websites allow you to download their games?

I am looking for a list chess websites which allow you to download large numbers of previously played chess games. Currently I have found that lichess allows you to do so. Are there any other sites? ...
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Chess database software for variants

For regular chess, I use SCID and it works well. It has database searches, position searches, player stats, and a nice compact file format (i.e. not PGN, which is inefficient and big). Is there any ...
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Is there an online database for the endgame KRPPKRP?

It was stated at this forum that the 7-men-endgames are still not available online. What about the special endgame KRPPKRP (Rook and 2 pawns against Rook and 1 pawn) ? It would be nice if the ...
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Chessbase: how to efficiently use two reference database simultaneously

In Chessbase I use the Mega Database as my reference database when in a board. However, I recently downloaded a Correspondence database and would like to look up positions in it as well. Is there a ...
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Using the tree window in SCID on a subset of games in the database

With a database open in SCID, one can use the tree window to explore openings. Among other things, it shows the frequency of each move that has been played in the current position and how well that ...
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How to use masks in scid for opening training [closed]

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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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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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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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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software to analyze my own database of games with statistics

I've been playing on lichess.org for my online games, and is the primary way I enjoy chess. One of the big reasons why I started playing on lichess.org was that they offer a simple way to export your ...
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What is the best way to get games for the multiple editions of The Week In Chess?

I am looking for getting all games played in 2013 as quickly and painlessly as possible. A batch file to download many ziped pgn files would be non-ideal, but ok. I prefer the Week in Chess as a ...
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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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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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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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What is the average length of a game of chess?

I hope this is an appropriate question for this site as I've been wanting a reputable answer. Of course the length of games can vary wildly, but what is the expected number of moves until either a ...
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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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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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Which online database is the best?

I search an online chess games database which should be free and it would be nice if no registration would be required. I want to be able to search for the basic criterions year and ELO. It would ...
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Java Library for PGN parser

I would like to find a Java library that will allow me to read a PGN file that could contain several chess games, probably with comments inserted also. But, it won't be used to generate moves or play ...
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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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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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Random position from database

How do I get a random position in chessbase 13 software from megadatabase to guess the best move , is this facility available in chessbase software which is availabe is softwares like Chess Hero, Or ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to save games in ChessBase reader?

I played a very interesting game today, and I entered it in ChessBase reader, along with some comments. I would love to save this game in a database (.cbh) or as a .pgn, but I don't know how. Can you ...
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In ChessBase 12, when viewing an Opening Tree, why do all the games always stop near move 26?

I have ChessBase 12 64Bit. To create an Opening Tree I do the following steps: I click on "Mega Database 2014". I filter all the 5.8 millions games like I want (for example, taking only the games ...
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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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Where can I find databases of tactical problems, categorized and ranked by difficulty?

I'm toying with the idea of building a tactical training tool. For my idea to work, I need positions that are categorized by motif and difficulty. A lot of tools seem to have this, and I doubt they'...
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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 ...