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zucan 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Databases I am curious as to what chess databases people on GK use, as well as how many games do they have in their personal chess database.

I would be especially curious on who has the largest chess database :-)

dragon-wolf 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Databases Bookup is great for studying an opening repertoire. Chessmaster is fine for downloading games from the web and viewing them. The best is Chessbase but it's expensive.
dragon-wolf 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Games I only have the games database that came with Chessmaster, around 450,000 I think. Enough for any patzer to start out with.
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tulkos 11 ( +1 | -1 )
I have chess master to. It has 506,581 games in the database,+12 annotated games by josh waitzikin,+700 games in the library,which adds up to 507,293 games in all.
persianelephant 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Where can you get annotated games for free?
tulkos 1 ( +1 | -1 )
I donno--- Heaven?
dragon-wolf 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Annotated Games Just check some of the chess websites and homepages of the GM's. They usually have a few of their own you can download. If you can find some games annotated by Botvinnik or Capablanca you will be like a pig in slop at high noon. They are probably the best two annotators of all-time. I'll check around and try to find some for you.
Cheers, John
vietnamese_girl_18 45 ( +1 | -1 )
Both and have annotated games (kasparovchess for recent games). There are several good sites with annotations, but I suggest starting here. However, kasparovchess is making more and more of its best content available only to paying members. Chesscafe also has many good instructional articles --visit their archives!-- and also download their chesscafe reader.

Sarah Tran
dragon-wolf 13 ( +1 | -1 )
Go to Chessopolis and then click on Archives/Game Collections. You'll find all the games you'll ever need, many annotated.

beg4it 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Programs and databases Does anyone know if Gameknot has a policy about using programs and db during a game. I get a feeling that it is widely used and it seems to be axcepted?
agkvirtual 22 ( +1 | -1 )
you can... search chesspages from links. You can find more than 2000000 games in ChessLab. look at the top 100 chess sites,databases. There's a good site which called Annotated Databases.
nottop 55 ( +1 | -1 )
more than quantity I believe a well-annotated game can very helpful. I try go obtain smaller, annotated databases. Chessbase has a magazine with some well annotated games. Chess publishing has some good databases with exremely thought-provoking analysis. I understand that Chess Assistant is now starting to offer annotated games.
I'm afraid none of these are free.
Huge databases can be handy - but many of them have lots of duplicates. Consider smaller better databases and then doing your own analysis.
kingofpawns 44 ( +1 | -1 )
It would be nice if... GK would put in links to these data bases of games. I don't have chess databases on my computers nor do I have a library of chess books containg extensive amounts of games. Finally, I only use macintosh computers (for which, I think, there is very little available regarding chess). So, to be on more even footing with others, it would be nice to easily access internet-based data bases.

certainratio 63 ( +1 | -1 )
beg4it I can't currently find gameknot's policy
on program and database use, but I seem to
recall that when I signed up here I was
told that programs are strictly forbidded,
while books and databases are ok. I use
none of these things. Of the 15 or so games
I have completed and am in the process of
completing, I am quite sure that none of
my opponents are using programs either.
Also, from reading other forum threads it
seems that the popular opinion is that using
programs is cheating (though I do not doubt
that there will always be some cheaters).
This may be fact and a matter of record.

peppe_l 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Everyone having DB except me? (-: I am not using database because IMO they are more or less useless for a patzer like me. Kasparov may find 2 million game databases useful, but for me one game from a good book teaches more than 2 million (not annotated) games from a database.
elodie 29 ( +1 | -1 )
GameKnot's policy on program and database use…
beg4it & certainratio, go to the "Games menu"
-> "Login" (lefthand upper corner of this page) and
click on "New to the site?"… :-)

adrianallen 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Game Databases has over 250,000+ and is pretty easy to use.
gabrielsmith 38 ( +1 | -1 )
King of pawns: I've got a Macintosh as well but theres still plenty of
good stuff for it. ExaChess or Sigma for DB or PGN
game files, PGN talk if you like to download
annotated games then play them out on a real board
and there's even versions of Hiarcs and Chessbase
for Mac, though they are a little expensive. All of
these you can download real easy, mostly
free/shareware as well.
aisamd 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Computerized Pairing System I am looking for the best computerized Pairing System capable of calculating ELO rating and have options of making criteria in making the pairing by location, rating, company code, color, etc., Other advance pairing system is accepted. Thank you.
aisamd 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Computerized Pairing System Pairing System that has par excellence!!!