Databases and folders in Chessbase


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Working with the Chessbase program

One of the most important tools of any professional chess player; it is without any doubt, the chessboard and added to it; we have a huge amount of analysis engines that make it easier to study your own chess games and opponents as well. This way preparing games on Chessbase would be really useful because it simplifies the game study and it improves your gaming quality.

The most important to improve your chess level is to have a strategy, after that, the process of using it, for that reason Chessbase will be your best option. Now we will start by accessing with the Chessbase icon.

Once we are in Chessbase, a main window of the program will be shown, on which we will find different functions to prepare our games; in this article we will focus on the basis to endow our library with your games, as well as the functions on the “Tools tab” of the Chessboard to carry on with different strategies and to compare the best elite players.

Database and folders creation

From the main windows, we will head right into the “Tools tab” on the “Archive” option. We click on “Archive”, which will show the option “New”, this will allow us to create a new database. At this point, we should see this screen.

The shown folders are the ones that are provided by the program, name your new database, for example, “My best games”, then as a new base you have to write “Bases” (*.CBH). After this, the new folder that we are going to create from the image that we have just seen could be named “Personalized database”, now we access this folder and we save it. It is important to highlight the fact that this folder must be inside the folder “Chessbase” if not, it could create a problem when trying to visualize the chess games on the viewer.

Now we can visualize on the main window of our new database.

After that we have to double click on the icon that says “My best chess games”, this will show a blank screen that says “There are no games on this list (My best games.cbh)”. Then, we direct the cursor into the “tools tab” where is the chessboard, we click on it and the next screen will show up.

The chessboard

In the chessboard we can play all the games that we have played in the different competitions we have been into. In the box on the right we can see the algebraic notation of the game that is being placed, and in the inferior part we see the symbology that is represented on the chess games, for example: (+-): “white decisive victory”; (=): “equality”; (?) “Error or bad move”, among others.

On the chessboard, we can use the right-click to have different fast options just like rotate the chessboard, search for positions on the database, among other options.

We can also configure the positions without even the need of the game development, by pressing the letter “s”, with this option a chessboard will show up with the initial position, on which we can arrange them as we wish and other diverse options to initiate the position from where want to, as it is shown in the image, this without the need of play all the game.

Once we get into the diagram that interests us the most, we will proceed to study and compare the positions with our referential database. In this article, we know that each chessplayer has a different criterion regarding the development of their games, but we recommend having into account these 3 different study forms:

Referential database:

Consists of the bases that are gathered from different tournaments, players, informers, encyclopedias, and others.

        The boxes on the right side are going to indicate really important details which are going to make easier our game studies. The first one will indicate the references and lines that are most used for games. The second one simplifies the games played within the database, percentage, and plays in sequence.  The last one will show the player names, years, and the notation right from the diagram that we are watching.

        Now, all we have to do is to select the different games that resemble the most the way your game style is, we highly recommend to save them in a database destined to your starting repertoire, this way you can imitate style and pattern plays of the best chess players around the world.

Opening reports:

In the top part of the screen you will click on the “report tab” and then you will click on the                 “toolbar” that is generated there. After clicking there it will say “Opening reports”.

        It may take several minutes, and it all depends on the number of chess games you have stored regarding the movement of the chess piece you are studying at that moment. Once the download is complete, a new window will appear. This new window will show you the lines you are studying taking into account the players, performance graphics, and main and secondary lines. Besides, if any of the games have comments, these will be included within the report.

This way you will have your material in an easy way to work with as well as every detail for each line. The efficiency of each report is proportional to the number of games you have as a reference. It is important to bear that in mind.

Engine or pointers:

The analysis engines allow the programs such as Fritz, Rybka and Houdini among other programs to estimate the lines in order to look for the best options when performing complicated chess pieces movements.

The engines must be installed previously, given the fact that they are not part of Chessbase.

Saving games

After having studied and elaborated on every line, variants and different movements that the world of chess has, we move on to the next part of the becoming an artist process, that is to say, framing the work, in this particular case, to save and store the progress that has been achieved in order to take these in the future or to improve the learning process. Therefore, by using the command “Ctrl + S” or going to File → Save → Save, we can locate the database in which we would like to save and store our chess games. In the example given in our tutorial on how to create chess games with Chessbase, it will be the database “my best chess games”.

It is important to fill in all the information shown on the picture so you can come again and locate your game by using the filters such as rating, Ranking, Players, Tournament…

Remember that once you finished a tournament, you must use Chessbase in order to save and store your games. That way, you can study them and learn from the mistakes you have made. Becoming a master is not only to win, but it also implies being able to learn from defeats and get better through experience and practice of every chess piece that has been moved.

 One of the most important things, if you want to improve in chess, you must know how to work with the Chessbase.


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