by Steve Lopez

Have you ever "lost" a database? By "lost" it, I don't mean deleted it, but rather forgotten its location on your hard drive? Users with a large number of databases often forget in which directory a particular database is located.

Here's an easy way to find a database's location using ChessBase 6. Just click once on the database's icon in the Database window to select it. Then click on the "information" button (the white letter "i" surrounded by the blue dot) at the bottom of the Database window. You'll see an information window appear:

Look at the blue bar at the top of the window. After the word "Info" you'll see the path to your database. In this example, we see that my database on the Cordel variation of the Ruy Lopez is located in the directory work2 on the C drive.

The information window also has several other useful functions. You can select an icon for the database to determine how it will appear in the Database window (just choose a database type from the boxed list in the upper left and the icon will appear in upper center of the window). You can type in a name for your database (up to 18 characters in length). You can choose whether it's to appear as a permanent symbol in the Database window or a temporary one (which will vanish after you close the program).

The Training button shows how many training positions you've tried in the database and gives you a score showing how well you've performed in these tests. The protocol buttons let you see the names of the files you've imported into the database and allows you to reset (delete) this list. The information window also tells you how many games are in a database and the number of keys and key positions that are assigned to it.

The information window is a handy tool that should not be overlooked!

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