by Steve Lopez

Once in a while I get an e-mail that positively astounds me. A pal of mine sent me an e-mail the other day alerting me to a discussion taking place in an Interrant message board. The topic was copying games in ChessBase 8 and how the process is allegedly difficult. I checked out the discussion and I was really surprised by what I read. The original poster said that he didn't know how to copy games from one database to another. There were a couple of responses offering advice but, unfortunately, none of it was correct. One suggestion will work, but it involves copying games one at a time to the Clipboard and then copying the Clipboard to another database, all of which can be described as taking the long way around the barn.

I described the "difficult" process of copying games in the November 19, 2000 issue of ETN (in a single paragraph!), but it obviously bears repeating in somewhat more detail. In the last two issues of ETN we did some database searches and talked about how the results appear in a separate Search Results window. The Search Results window appears when you right-click on a database's icon and select "Search" from the popup menu. On the other hand, if you double-click on a database icon to get a game list and select the button to "Filter games", you get the search results right there in the game list; any games that don't meet the search criteria are hidden and the only ones you'll see are games that match whatever you searched for. So there are two ways to get different-appearing lists of your search results.

If you use the latter method, you'll need to double-click on a game to open a new window displaying the chessboard and the moves of that game in order to be able to play through it. However, if you use the method described in the last two ETNs (in which you right-click on a database icon to select "Search" and get the results in a separate Search Results window) all you need do is single-click on a game in the list to be able to play through it right there in the Search Results window. This latter method means that you'll have fewer windows open at any given time (two, to be exact).

Either way, it's easy to copy the games to another database. Highlight the games you want to copy. There are a bunch of ways to do this, depending on which games you want to copy:

So what you've done in this step is tell ChessBase 8 which games you want to copy. There are two additional steps that you need to complete to do the actual copying. First, single right-click on any of the games that are highlighted in the list. The familiar popup menu appears. Select "Edit" from the list and then select "Copy" from the submenu. You've now told ChessBase 8 that you want to copy the highlighted games.

For the last step, go to your Windows Taskbar at the bottom of your screen and select the "ChessBase 8" button from the Taskbar. This brings the database window back up on top. Single right-click on the "target" database (the one you want to copy the games into), choose "Edit" from the popup menu and then select "Paste" from the submenu. You'll see a dialogue appear showing the number of games you've told the program you want to copy (i.e. the number of games you highlighted back in the first step). Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to copy the games. That's all there is to it. The games are copied and the process is complete. I don't see how it can be any more simple than that (until the hardware guys invent a computer with mental telepathy abilities, at which point I expect to see complaints that the process requires the user to "think too hard").

Anyway, the copying process isn't very difficult at all. It involves three steps:

  1. Highlighting the games you want to copy;
  2. Right-clicking on a highlighted game and selecting "Copy" to tell the program that you want to copy the highlighted games;
  3. Right-clicking on a database icon and selecting "Paste" to tell the program where you want to copy the games -- which also completes the process after you click "Yes" in the confirmation dialogue.

Until next week, have fun!

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