ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.
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Minimum: Desktop PC or Notebook, 4 Threads, 8 GB RAM, Windows 8.1 64bit, DirectX 10 graphics card with 1 GB RAM, DVD ROM drive (when ordered by post), Internet access to activate the program, ChessBase Cloud and updates.
Recommended: intel core i7 or AMD Ryzen Processor with 8 Threads, 16 GB RAM, Windows 10/11 64bit, DirectX 11 graphics card (or compatible) with 1 GB RAM or more, DVD ROM drive (when ordered by post), full HD Monitor and Internet access to activate the program, ChessBase Cloud and updates
ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard through out the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH CHESSBASE: Retrieve games according to openings, players and tournaments; generate tournament cross tables and full graphic statistics of players or openings; “Similarity search” shows all games with similar pawn structures, sacrifice patterns, endgame positions, etc.; “Let’s check”*: access the world’s largest database of in-depth analysis (more than 200 million positions); “Instant Analysis”: Any unannotated game is analysed almost without delay immediately on loading (optional). “Assisted Analysis”: as you enter a game, whenever you click on a piece an evaluation is produced for all its possible target squares; “Tactical Analysis” will annotate game, inserting commentary, variations and diagrams, before strong moves or errors, into a game or an entire database. It will also point out combinations, played in the game or missed, tries, attacks, initiative, and of course the latest in openings theory; Cloud analysis: you can analyse positions simultaneously with several engines from on di©erent computers running in parallel; “Deep analysis”: generates an analysis tree that changes dynamically, as with time weaker variations are dropped; automatic analysis jobs for correspondence games; “Replay Training”: Playing through a game with the notation hidden and automatic training questions with tips for each individual move. Extended reference search for openings shows increase/decrease in popularity and typical recurring endgames; merge games on the fly into an opening tree; Repertoire recommendations for every move with a single click; generate a dossier containing all available information on a specific player from the database; Preparation for opponents with recognition of their weaknesses; generate a comprehensive openings report with main and critical lines, plans and most important games; Urgent news about recently played innovations; Search for characteristic tactical positions in an opening variation single click publication of games on the Internet; Improved search mask with tactical motifs and examples for manoeuvres and material distribution; Completely new search booster for patterns and plans; print games in superb quality with diagrams and multiple columns; Crisp new 3D boards thanks to raytracing technology; automatic update of your local reference database with the weekly installments of games (one year); access to the ChessBase online database with over eight million games*, mobile access with the ChessBase Account
The most important innovations
ChessBase 17 focusses at things that, in our view, are the foremost of the program's areas of application. First of all, a lot of work has gone into functions that one only notices subconsciously, but which improve the user experience: the new ultra-high-resolution 2D board; the really crisp display of notation and lists through support of Direct 2D which runs on all recent Windows versions; and popular in more recent times: the "Dark Mode".
Then there are many technical improvements that generally improve the program, such as: a new faster data format, with fewer files and no search booster - which overcomes limitations of the CBH format; and a fine-tuning of the database paths that solves conflicts with the Documents directory and OneDrive, so you can smoothly manage your databases outside the standard Windows directories.
Interactive search mask and much more
The smart inputting of positions is of direct chess significance. You place a few pieces onto the board, and immediately see in which games of the reference database this position fragment occurs. By clicking on a game, you can save yourself the rest of the inputting. The new search mask is also more interactive: if you enter a search criterion, the number of games in the database for which it matches is immediately displayed. This way, you know what yield to expect before you click on "OK".
Pearl search: Find spectacular games instantly!
The new engine window
A lot has also been done in an area that is crucial for daily chess work: the engine window. Most ChessBase users probably spend 90% of their time with interactive analysis of positions. The output of engines has altered little in the last 30 years: variations, evaluations, dry as dust, done. In ChessBase 17, this has been fundamentally re-evaluated. The visual evaluation of pieces and measurement of complexity - you know from Fritz 18. The display of non-trivial threats or temptations is fancy, but also already familiar. The same goes for the training option to suppress the entire engine output, and only receive subtle tips as a stimulus to your own thinking. This is primarily intended for when watching live games.
Analysis in natural language
However, the interpretation of an engine variation in natural language is groundbreakingly new. It is often a challenge for many players to imagine what is actually happening based on just an engine variation. You see the best move, the rating, and that's it. ChessBase 17 describes in words what the variation entails
For example: In a super-sharp position, a complex variation has the strange rating "0.00". ChessBase 17 would then add "perpetual check" or "repetition of the position" and the situation would become clear. Material changes are vividly described: "White wins the queen for rook and knight"; "Black loses two pawns"; and even "The position is simplified into an endgame R+B vs R+N". There are also exciting statements like: "White gains a dangerous passed pawn on e6"; or "White sacrifices a bishop"; "Black has an attack"; "White gets the majority on the kingside"; "Both kings are insecure"; and "Manoeuvre Nd2-f1-e3-d5" etc.
Such assertions clarify the motives behind a position. If you want to understand even more of what the program means by these hints, simply move the mouse over the move indicated and the position appears on the main board. Clicking on a move copies the variation up to that move into the notation, which then simplifies the commentary
“The more colourful, the sharper” - or "Death to the exclamation mark!"
It does make a di'erence whether a position contains sharply forced variations, or several moves of almost equal value. Today's engines do not provide this information. ChessBase 17 therefore diverts a small part of the hardware resources towards a clone of the main engine, and calls this the "Buddy engine" - this only slightly impacts the computing power of the main engine. Buddy now goes over the variations, and analyses the position after each move. The variations are saved so that you can easily view them by moving your mouse cursor over on the move. Importantly, forced moves are annotated with coloured rectangles. The exclamation mark used in commenting on games for 170 years, doesn’t do justice to Buddy's search results; therefore, we now only use it for sacrifices
The colour of the rectangles indicates the evaluation. The shape shows from which depth the forcing is recognised in the calculation. Trivial tactics have vertically divided rectangles. Medium forcing divides the rectangle into two triangles from top left to bottom right. Deep forcing divides diagonally from right to left. If the upper (or left) part is green, the move wins. If the lower part is yellow, for example, the position remains roughly in the draw range after the worse alternative move. If it is red, the alternative move loses. This system may seem complex at first glance, but it has the advantage that a lot of information is signalled in one space-saving symbol. The exclamation mark has had its day. In any case, one thing is clear: the more colourful, the more forcing!
For years, we have recommended analysing with two engine variations, so that at least one forced main move can be recognised immediately. However, this costs a lot of additional computing time. ChessBase 17 marks the beginning of a renaissance of single-variation analysis. At the same time, the calculation goes much deeper. Buddy shows whether the first move is forced, and also provides the second variation.
New in ChessBase 17:
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The ChessBase Mega Database 2023 is the premiere chess database with over 9.75 million games from 1475 to 2022 in high quality. Packing more than 110,000 annotated games, Mega 2023 contains the world‘s largest collection of high-class analysed games. Train like a pro! Prepare for your opponents with ChessBase and the Mega Database 2023. Let grandmasters explain how to best handle your favorite variations, improve your repertoire and much more
Hundreds of thousands of new games played in 2022 were added to the new Mega Database 2023. A lot of these games were played by renowned grandmasters and are annotated by well-known ChessBase authors.
The Mega Database menu makes it easy to prepare for your games, to search for tournaments, to find annotated games or to access all the games from particular players.
Here’s a short tutorial how to update the database and download new games database. One improvement: all World Championship matches, Women’s, Juniors and Senior’s World Championships tournaments were added and a lot of top tournaments can be directly accessed via the menu with tables, all games, and texts about the tournaments which give you additional information and insights.
Tournament information, e.g. Tournament text to the World Chess Championship Match Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi 2021.
All the games and tournament tables of the recent top tournaments as Wijk aan Zee 2022, Biel Masters 2022 or Norway Chess 2022 or online rapid tournaments of the world Elite players like the Grand Chess Tour or the online Meltwater Champions Chess Tour (Magnus Carlsen Tour). You can find all games from the World Champion matches from epic matches from Classical to shorter time controls, matches alike of tournaments. A lot of them with annotations and analysis by top grandmasters offer insights to the games.
The ChessBase Mega Database 2023 is the premiere chess database with over 9.75 million games from 1560 to 2022 in high quality. Packing more than 110,000 annotated games, Mega 2023 contains the world‘s largest collection of high-class analysed games. Train like a pro! Prepare for your opponents with ChessBase and the Mega Database. Let grandmasters explain how to best handle your favorite variations, improve your repertoire and much more.
Preparing for your next opponent is easy: with the Mega Database it just takes seconds to find the games of your next opponent! The repertoire overview shows you which lines your opponent likes to play and statistics reveal weaknesses in his repertoire. The reference search allows you to find critical opening positions easily: put the position on the board and click the reference-button. You can filter games e.g. according to date or start your research to look for annotated games to deepen your understanding of particular opening positions.
Prepare for your next opponent or find your own games, just enter his name to get to the games or enter the name of your favorite Chess legend, e.g. Magnus Carlsen to get to all his games:
Search the database for a specific player: Just typ in the Player’s name.
Find all the games in seconds. Tournament Tables to all Top-Tournaments, e.g. Tata Steel in Wijk aan Zee 2022:
The Mega Database 2023 at a glance
Update service in combination with a ChessBase full version with about 250,000 new games until the end of 2023 (weekly updates with about 5,000 new games, every week)
The new Corr Database 2022 is the large ChessBase collection of correspondence games from the period from 1804 to 2021. With more than 80,000 tournaments and over 2 million correspondence games, the Corr 2022 is a must for all correspondence chess fans. But the Corr Database is very popular even among many grandmasters and trainers, since correspondence games often herald the development of opening theory!
Get insights from the pioneers of Chess-Opening Novelties and update your repertoire with games from the new Correspondence Database.
Correspondence games are usually very good – after all, the players can consult computers and engines during the game and correspondence players often have a deep chess understanding and enrich their games with interesting new ideas. Thus, the games are not decided by tactical blunders but by strategic understanding, long-term preparation, and passionate, patient scientific work.
It is no surprise that a lot of grandmasters already use correspondence games to prepare their openings.
The Correspondence Database 2022 gives you a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating world of correspondence chess and to enrich your opening repertoire with ideas from a wealth of unknown top-class games.
New features of the Correspondence Database 2022:
Quotes by Top Grandmasters within the new Correspondence Database 2022 Videos:
GM Markus Ragger (Number 1 Top GM from Austria) : “(…) To reach chances in Correspondence games, you need to reach a strategical very very complex position, because in these complex positions there are many lines which a computer would show 0.00 and you have to go extremely deep to have long term plans and there you have a chance to outplay your opponent (…)”
GM Erwin L’Ami (Top GM from the Netherlands): “ I’m really intrigued by the enormous depth that goes into these games – these are the best games out there, there are no chess games of a higher level than Correspondence games!”
GM Simon Williams (“Ginger GM, commentator, attacking player from England): “There is a lot of things you can learn from correspondence chess, I learnt a lot by looking at the games – basically Correspondence Chess involves you’re allowed to use computers nowadays to help you process along, but also to guide the computer with human intellect, so a combination which should lead to the strongest factors out there. The level of chess we see in the Correspondence World Championships is the highest out there.”
GM Vidit Gujrathi, Super Grandmaster Elo 2727 (Nov. 2021 Fide list, number 2 in India): “
(…) First of all let me note before I dive in all the details of the game, I wanted to tell you the importance of searching games; when I prepare for my own games I always not only track the over-the-board games, but I always keep an eye on all the games which have been played in the Correspondence. The reason for that is many times all these Correspondence Players have found brilliant ideas in the opening, which I have used myself on countless occasions and not only me, I think many of my colleagues also have had similar experiences and they also constantly keep a track of all the Correspondence games that have been played”
Let yourself be inspired as chess at the highest level available awaits you. Lots of success and joy with the new Correspondence Database 2022!
Perfect endgame analysis and a huge increase in engine performance: get it with the new Endgame Turbo 5! Thanks to a new format the Endgame Turbo 5 is smaller, faster and yet has more scope. The USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB) covers 143 of the most important six piece endgames, allowing top engines such as Fritz, Komodo Chess and Houdini to play these endgames perfectly. But they also generally play the endgame much better because they can access the perfect knowledge of the Endgame Turbo in the search! A powerful tool for anyone who wants to study the endgame, for correspondence players, endgame theoriticians and friends of engine matches!
In ChessBase or Fritz you can load the Endgame Turbo 5 directly from an USB stick. Provided there is enough memory on your hard drive you can also install the endgame databases on your computer. However, the endgame turbo 5 requires about 120 GB disc space.
Overview of the included six piece endgames (PDF)
Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 8.1, Fritz 15 or ChessBase 14 or Komodo Chess 11/12 or Houdini 6. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen3, 8 GB RAM, Windows 10, Fritz 16 or ChessBase 14 or Komodo Chess 11/12 or Houdini 6.
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