by Steve Lopez

It's that time of year again. ETN hit the three year mark at the end of March, so here's a handy guide to the stuff that's been published in the last year. There are no direct links to the articles provided, since ETN appears on two separate Internet sites; please refer to the chronological Table of Contents page on the site you're visiting.

April 25th, 1999
"Flash card" training in ChessBase 7 -- How to create tactical quizzes in CB7. As a bonus, you get one of my favorite computer jokes (but it's funnier when Steven Wright tells it)

May 2nd, 1999
Spying on Fritz -- How to use the "spy" feature in Fritz

May 9th, 1999
Are you threatening me? -- Using Fritz' "show threat" feature

May 16th, 1999
The Gambit Lexicon -- a preview of this ChessBase CD

May 23rd, 1999
The Case of the Missing Annotations -- why your annotations sometimes seem to disappear and what you can do about it.

May 30th, 1999
ABC's of the Chess Middlegame -- a preview of this ChessBase CD

June 6th, 1999
Forcing Fritz into an opening -- suggestions for ways to make Fritz play the opening you want

June 13th, 1999
A first look at Hiarcs7.32 -- we get a peek at the new version of Hiarcs

June 20th 1999
Opening book confusion -- why we offer multiple opening books and how to switch between them

June 27th, 1999
Tablebases in Hiarcs7.32 -- a primer on tablebases, applicable to any of our programs that use them

July 4th, 1999
Opening lines -- editorial whining
New compact disks -- previews of the updated ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia, Basic Principles of Chess Strategy Vol.1, and Queen's Gambit Tarrasch

July 11th, 1999
Instant opening notes in ChessBase 7 -- a really cool little-known feature

July 18th, 1999
Analyzing a final position using ChessBase 7 -- why the "T" key is our friend

July 25th, 1999
Text searches in ChessBase 7 -- another nifty way to find what you're looking for

August 1st, 1999
Using your computer as a research assistant (Part 1) -- running the computer instead of the computer running you

August 8th, 1999
Using your computer as a research assistant (Part 2) -- more of the same

August 15th, 1999
At odds with your opponent -- how to set up "odds games" in your playing programs; how "Friend mode" works

August 22nd, 1999
Yard work -- what "weed tree" does and how to use it

August 29th, 1999
Correction -- hey, if I didn't make a mistake once in a while, you wouldn't be able to stand it
"I'm sorry, Frank" -- a strong candidate for the most famous chess game of all time

September 5th, 1999
Internet-enabling your ChessBase 7 -- how to switch from the non-Internet to the Internet version; this article also contains helpful tips for when you want to reinstall the same version of the program (for whatever reason)

September 12, 1999
Lubomir Ftacnik's 1000 Checkmates -- a preview of this ChessBase CD

September 19, 1999
Nimzo7.32 -- a preview of the new playing program

September 26th, 1999
Endgame keys in ChessBase 7 -- how to create and use them

October 3rd, 1999
Database management tips -- a single master database or multiple databases? Decisions, decisions...

October 10th, 1999
"Bookmarking" games in ChessBase 7 -- another of Stevie's famous cheats for getting the program to do something it's not specifically designed to do

October 17th, 1999
PGN format in ChessBase 7 -- what it is and how to convert it to ChessBase format for even more fun

October 24th, 1999
More endgame keys in ChessBase 7 -- how to combine endgame keys with the search mask for more precise results

October 31st, 1999
Working with EPD files -- and how to import them into ChessBase and the playing programs

November 7th, 1999
Opening lines -- why it's important to include a return e-mail address if you'd like your e-mail to be answered
The Graphic Analysis Display -- what those colored bars in Fritz mean

November 14th, 1999
Shortcuts -- tips on various program features, including how to copy a game into an e-mail

November 21st, 1999
The wonders of Blundercheck -- and why it's my preferred analysis method

November 28th, 1999
Doh! -- common nagging little problems and how to fix them

December 5th, 1999
Multi-diagram overviews -- how to use these in CB7 (the feature has since been removed from the playing programs)

December 12th, 1999
Getting started with Fritz6 -- installing it and setting it up. Let the virtual wood fly!

December 19th, 1999
Opening lines -- more whining from yours truly
Quick Fritz6 tips -- the second batch of initial tips for the new Fritz
If the Internet had existed in 1929 -- the most fun I've had as a writer in a long time. This one was almost too easy

December 26th, 1999
New ChessBase CDs -- Junior6, Fritz Turbo Endgame, and The Budapest Gambit
Killer Quote of the Month -- Fritz6 makes me laugh out loud (and it hurts, too)
Books, books, books! -- a potpurri of book reviews

January 2nd, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 1) -- a first look at levels

January 9th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 2) -- more about levels

January 16th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 3) -- more about levels

January 23rd, 2000
On the fly analysis of live games -- how to get more from your Internet chess viewing experience

January 30th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 4) -- the coaching features

February 6th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 5) -- first steps in using the database

February 13th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 6) -- more about database usage

February 20th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 7) -- using the opening book

February 27th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 8) -- more about opening books

March 5th, 2000
Opening lines -- yet another screwup, yet another correction
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 9) -- how to save your games
New CDs -- Powerbook 2000 and Basic Principles of Chess Strategy Vol. 2

March 12th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 10) -- using "Full analysis"

March 19th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 11) -- using "Blundercheck"

March 26th, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 12) -- how to interpret the analysis and use it to improve your play

April 2nd, 2000
A User's Guide to Fritz6 (Part 13) -- general tips on improving your game with Fritz

And that, friends, gets us caught up to the present. I hope you've found this weekly mess helpful over the last year. And, as always, thanks for reading.

Until next week, have fun!

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