15 ( +1 | -1 ) DatabasesBookup 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.
33 ( +1 | -1 ) Annotated GamesJust 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
45 ( +1 | -1 ) Both www.chesscafe.com and kasparovchess.com 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.
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.
16 ( +1 | -1 ) Programs and databasesDoes 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?
22 ( +1 | -1 ) you can...search chesspages from fide.com 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.
55 ( +1 | -1 ) more than quantityI 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.
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.
63 ( +1 | -1 ) beg4itI 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.
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.
29 ( +1 | -1 ) GameKnot's policyon 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?"… :-)
4 ( +1 | -1 ) Game Databaseswww.chessgames.com has over 250,000+ and is pretty easy to use.
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.
25 ( +1 | -1 ) Computerized Pairing SystemI 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.
4 ( +1 | -1 ) Computerized Pairing SystemPairing System that has par excellence!!!