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Basics

What are files? / what are folders? / how do you copy a file? / how do you rename a file? / how do you create a folder? etc.
What is a chess engine?
What is the difference between Fritz and Chessbase?
What is the difference between Fritz and Rybka?
What is a Database?
How do I create a new database?
How do I open a game in a database?
Can I open Fritz databases in Chessbase (and vice versa)?

Chessbase

How do I enter the moves of my game into Chessbase10?
How do I set the Reference Database in Chessbase 10?
What should I do if search is giving odd results or isn’t finding games that I know are there?
What do I do if I can’t see the Rybka3 engine in Chessbase10?
After I install Chessbase 10 upgrade, do I need to remove Chessbase 9 from my system?
How do I get Chessbase9 to show UCI engines such as Rybka3?
Can I make Rybka (or any other UCI engine) my default engine in Chessbase9?
How do I enter the coloured arrows and coloured squares into my annotated games?

Fritz/Rybka etc

What does it mean when a program is referred to as “deep”?
Should I purchase the “deep” or “non-deep” version?
How do I enter the moves of my game?
How do I turn off the coloured arrows?
How do I run the Fritz Chess Course?
Where are my games against Fritz/Rybka stored?
How do I install the Rybka3 book?

Misc

How do I backup a database?
How do I install the Big/Mega database?
How do I enter the serial number of my Chessbase product?
What should I do if Pocket Fritz 3 doesn't appear in program list of my Windows Mobile device?
How can I save games so that they open with Black at the bottom?
Is chessbase software compatible with a 64 bit operating system as well as 32 bit?
Do I have a 64 bit operating system?
Are there any advantages to running chessbase software in a 64bit operating system?
Where are my playchess.com games stored?
Where do I go for more information?
Will buying this software make me a better player?

 

What are files? / what are folders? / how do you copy a file? / how do you rename a file? / how do you create a folder?
These are basic Microsoft Windows concepts, and users will need to be familiar with them to get the most out of their Chessbase software. If you are not, then there are a multitude of books, websites, and even courses available that will make you much more comfortable in front of a PC.
What is a chess engine?
A chess engine is a computer program that can play the game of chess. All Chessbase programs (including Fritz, Rybka, Hiarcs etc) run under what is called the “Chessbase user interface” which means they all appear the same or similar when you run them on your computer. But the chess engine is the brain behind the scenes, and just like different human chess players, they all have different styles, and different strength & weaknesses. note: at their strongest setting, they all play at a level comparable or higher than the strongest human grandmaster.
What is the difference between Fritz and Chessbase?
At the most basic level: Fritz is a playing and analysis program; while Chessbase is a database management program. Their functions do overlap in some areas, and they both have a great deal of sophisticated functions. They work best alongside each other.
What is the difference between Fritz and Rybka?
Fritz and Rybka are both incredibly strong chess engines. Both are strong enough to beat the strongest human grandmasters. Both utilise all the training features of the chessbase user interface. The main difference is that Fritz disk contains sample videos from the Chessbase multimedia DVDs that are available from our shop. They do play with different styles, and may suggest different (very strong) moves in the same situation. In the current (Dec 09) computer engine rating lists, Rybka is above Fritz.
What is a Database?
A database is a collection of related information. A chess database is a searchable collection of chess games.
How do I create a new database?
In ChessBase 10, go to menu File=>New=>Database to open the dialog window “New Database”. The dialog box that is open is the typical File dialog box that Microsoft Windows uses everywhere. As you would do any other file, you would do the following steps: Navigate to the folder location you want to save the new database In the File Name portion of the window, edit the file name to be whatever you want to call your database file. Click OK to close the Window.
How do I open a game in a database?
Double click on the game.
Can I open Fritz databases in Chessbase (and vice versa)?
Yes.
How do I enter the moves of my game into Chessbase10?
Just go to menu File=>New=>Board and enter the moves by hand (don’t forget to save it after you’re done!)
How do I set the Reference Database in Chessbase 10?
Right-click on the database you want to make your Reference Database (usually your biggest database, such as the Big or Mega database) Click on properties Check the box that next to Reference-DB. Click OK
What should I do if search is giving odd results or isn’t finding games that I know are there?
Sometimes the “search booster” file is corrupted, and you have to make a new one. First, select the database, then go to menu Tools=>Database=>Delete Search Booster. Next go to menu Tools=>Database=>Create Search Booster. Please note that this process can take some time with large databases.
What do I do if I can’t see the Rybka3 engine in Chessbase10?
Install the latest patch to solve this problem.
After I install Chessbase 10 upgrade, do I need to remove Chessbase 9 from my system?
You should be fine with both CB9 & 10 on your system. Though please download and install the latest Chessbase service packs to ensure smooth running.
How do I get Chessbase9 to show UCI engines such as Rybka3?
Download the latest patch from Chessbase.com
Can I make Rybka (or any other UCI engine) my default engine in Chessbase9?
No. You can only do this in Chessbase 10.
How do I enter the coloured arrows and coloured squares into my annotated games?
Go to menu Help=>Help and check the index for “graphic commentary” for full information on this feature
What does it mean when a program is referred to as “deep”?
“Deep” is a term given to chess engines that utilise all the “cores” or processors on a multicore / multiprocessor computer. This enables them to analyse positions more quickly and more deeply than the “non-deep” version, given the same amount of time. Most computers available for purchase these days will have at least two “cores” (eg: Dual Core / Core2duo). Some may have more (eg. Quad/Oct core).
Should I purchase the “deep” or “non-deep” version?
If you have a multiprocessor or multicore computer (if you’re unsure, then your PC retailer will be able to clarify this) or are thinking of purchasing a new computer soon, then to get the full strength from your chess program, you should purchase the deep version. However, “non-deep” versions are still incredibly strong and great value for money if price is an issue. You get all the same features with both versions.
How do I enter the moves of my game into Fritz11/Rybka3 etc?
Open the program and hit Ctrl+N for an empty board. Hit Shift+Ctrl+M to turn off the engine, and then enter the moves by hand. (don’t forget to save it after you’re done!)
How do I turn off the coloured arrows in Fritz/Rybka etc?
Go to menu Tools=>Options=>Engine and untick "show plans"
How do I run the Fritz Chess Course?
You need the Fritz disk in your pc drive when you click the link on the introduction screen. The link should open a database window, and you need to click on “Beginners Course”.
Where are my games against Fritz/Rybka stored?
Chessbase programs automatically save the games you play against them. The exact location of this database will vary depending on the parameters you specified upon installing the program. One of the installation screens asked you to specify a folder into which Fritz/Rybka etc would save additional information (databases, opening trees, etc.). If you used the default path provided by the program during the installation process, your games are automatically saved into the following database: C:\Users\XXXXX\Documents\ChessBase\Autosave.cbh [where “XXXXX” is your Windows profile username]
How do I install the Rybka3 book?
Open Rybka 3 Go to menu File=>Open=>Openings Book And navigate to your disk drive Click the file called Rybka3.ctg (or just Rybka3) Now go to menu Edit=>Openings Book=>Copy Tree to Hard Disk The book is now installed on your system, and can be accessed from menu File=>Open=>Openings Book Which is usually located in the (My)Documents\ChessBase\Books folder.
How do I backup a database?
To backup a database in Fritz/Rybka etc, load that database and click menu Tools=>Database=>Backup database (or hit Ctrl+Z). Fritz gives you an explorer window that lets you store the .CBV file in any folder. In Chessbase, you get choice of saving it to a "Crypted" or "Uncrypted" file as well (choose uncrypted).
How do I install the Big/Mega database?
Put the database disk into your computer disk drive: In Fritz, go to menu File=>Open=>Database then File=>Open=>Database on the database window, and navigate to your Mega2009 disk. Please be aware, you won’t be able to edit the database unless you install/copy it to your hard drive first (Tools=>Database=>Install on hard drive) In CB10, got to menu File=>Install=>Database from CD (click on “find CD path” and navigate to your database disk if no database is found automatically) Click OK.
How do I enter the serial number of my Chessbase product?
VERY CAREFULLY! One of the most common issues we get here at CBUSA is problems with serial numbers. 99 times out of 100 it is because the characters were not entered correctly; or a letter “I” has been mistaken for a number “1” or something very similar. Please please take your time and ensure you are entering ALL the characters AS PRINTED ON THE MANUAL before contacting us.
What should I do if Pocket Fritz 3 doesn't appear in program list of my Windows Mobile device?
Go to www.chessbase.com/download/index.asp and choose Pocket Fritz 3 from the drop-down list. Install the update, and that should solve your problem.
How can I save games so that they open with Black at the bottom?
Games aren't saved "flipped" - i.e. they will open with the board the way you had it orientated the last time. Just hit Ctrl+F to flip the board back.
Is Chessbase software compatible with a 64 bit operating system as well as 32 bit?
Yes
Do I have a 64 bit operating system?
If you have to ask, then probably not.
Are there any advantages to running Chessbase software in a 64bit operating system?
64 bit operating sytems can utilise more memory (RAM) than 32 bit systems. All chessbase programs (and most programs generally) benefit from more RAM. However, because of the unique way it is programmed, Rybka will be substantially quicker on 64 bit systems than on 32 bit systems.
Where are my playchess games stored?
Chessbase programs will automatically save the games in a database called "My Internet Games" which is often found at My Documents\Chessbase\MyInternetGames
Where do I go for more information?
The printed instruction manual should be your first port of call. Some software has more detailed instructions saved on the program disk itself. The ChessbaseUSA website has lots of great information and support for our products. Other websites include the software manufacturer at www.chessbase.com and Google will help you find specific information on any number of topics.
Will buying this software make me a better player?
You can't get better at chess by just buying the latest and greatest software. If you buy a chess DVD or a software program – use it! They are tools – incredibly powerful tools – but like any tools it takes time, effort, and dedication to use them effectively.

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