by Steve Lopez

Five years! Oy! Who'd have thunk it?

Time once again for the annual article index. As always, no individual article links are provided (since the column is carried on two different Web sites), but on the ChessBase USA site you'll find a link at the bottom of this page to take you back to the article list containing the links, while the ChessBase GmbH site provides yearly links in the pane to your left. Onward...

April 15, 2001
New CDs and E-books -- previews of School of Elementary Tactics by Martin Weteschnik, Killer Moves by George Renko, The Chigorin Defense by Martin Breutigam, Fritz Powerbook 2001, and Morphy's Games of Chess by Philip W. Sergeant (electronic edition) edited by Tim Sawyer.

April 22, 2001
Internet security -- how to protect your computer against unscrupulous businesses and twelve-year old hacker wannabes with crappy attitudes.

April 29, 2001
Making database backups -- yeah, it's like having root canal work, but this article makes it relatively painless.

May 6, 2001
Chess Tiger -- tearing the shrinkwrap off of the tactical monster (and the bonus engine that's arguably the most fun to play against -- Gambit Tiger).

May 13, 2001
The Fritzmark -- how to benchmark your machine against other computers that are also running Fritz.

May 20, 2001
Update -- online upgrade information that was hot stuff at the time, but is old news now.
New CD and E-books -- previews of The Reti Opening by Don Maddox, The Bozo-Indian Defense by Sid Pickard, and the electronic version of Maelzel's Chess-Player by Edgar Allen Poe.

May 27, 2001
CBM 81's new Player Encyclopedia -- how to install it; this information is also applicable to the new Player Encyclopedia update CD that currently ships with ChessBase 8.

June 3, 2001
Evaluating gambits -- why everything you've ever heard about computers "misevaluating" gambit lines is dead wrong.

June 10, 2001
Creating opening keys in Fritz6 -- it's easy, trust me.

June 17, 2001
New ChessBase CDs -- previews of The Meran Variation by Alexey Dreev and The Dragon for Experts by Attila Schneider.

June 24, 2001
Creating database texts in ChessBase 8, Part 1 -- yes, it's work. What isn't? But this series makes it a whole lot easier.

July 1, 2001
Creating database texts in ChessBase 8, Part 2 -- more procedural stuff, plus a bonus rant warning against "spaghetting" hyperlinks.

July 8, 2001
Creating database texts in ChessBase 8, Part 3 -- structuring your text.

July 15, 2001
New ChessBase playing programs -- the inside scoop on Junior7, Deep Junior7, and Shredder5.32.

July 22, 2001
Installing new databases in ChessBase 8 -- forget Windows Explorer; you can put 'em on your hard drive right in CB8.

July 29, 2001
Important virus warning -- old news now, but this thing sure made the rounds in the chess world at the time.

August 5, 2001
New CDs and E-books -- previewing World Champion Alekhine (English edition) by Robert Huebner, The Chess Author's Database by W.C. Haines, The Computer Analyzes the Fried Liver and Lolli by Dan Heisman, Play Chess -- Have Fun! by Lewis McClary, Endings for Beginners by J. H. Blake, Off the Wall Chess Trivia by Bill Wall, and The Art of War (electronic edition) by Sun Tzu.

August 12, 2001
HP printers and ChessBase/Fritz -- why HP's plan to make the world come to them ain't working.
More on the latest virus -- Mark Penkower provides further info.
Chess Embitterment -- endlessly repeated draw offers just plain suck.

August 19, 2001
Fun with underpromotions -- a sneaky way to show you how to do maneuver searches in CB8, and we have some monster yuks along the way.

August 26, 2001
Basic engine displays -- multiple engine display configurations in ChessBase 8, explained painlessly.

September 2, 2001
More engine displays -- additional ways to configure the engine display in CB8.

September 9, 2001
Three ChessBase 8 database displays -- a trio of ways to display the game list in CB8.

September 16, 2001
Installing Pocket Fritz -- exactly what the title says.

September 23, 2001
Is that a Fritz in your pocket, or...? -- a first look at Pocket Fritz.

September 30, 2001
Don't play with your food -- why you shouldn't eat at the chessboard.

October 7, 2001
Game input using Pocket Fritz -- entering and saving games in PF.

October 14, 2001
Folded game notation in ChessBase 8 -- how to expand and contract the display of those deeply nested subvariations.

October 21, 2001
The use of databases -- why studying old games is so important.

October 28, 2001
The use of databases, Part 2 -- Position searches and piece probability tables.

November 4, 2001
The use of databases, Part 3 -- Maneuver searches.

November 11, 2001
Copying games in ChessBase 8 -- how to copy games from one database to another.

November 18, 2001
ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia 2002 -- the first look at a new version of an old favorite.

November 25, 2001
New CDs, Books, and E-Books -- previews of Secrets of the English Chess School by Daniel King, Queen's Gambit with 5.Bf4 by Rustem Dautov, The Ultimate Tarrasch Defense by Eric Schiller, The Games of Wilhelm Steinitz by Wilhelm Steinitz, and some free downloads from Chess Central.

December 2, 2001
Installing Fritz7 -- just what the title says.

December 9, 2001
New Fritz7 offline features -- the new stuff you'll find in Fritz7.

December 16, 2001
Fritz7's analysis board -- zooming in on this new feature.

December 23, 2001
Odds and ends -- a variety of topics, including how to upgrade ChessBase 8 and Fritz7, and how to get loads of free engines for use in CB and Fritz.

December 30, 2001
Understanding time controls -- blitz, tournament, and Fischer increment time controls explained.

January 6, 2002
New CDs -- previewing Shredder6, Mega Database 2002, Big Database 2002, Powerbook 2002, and Starbase 2.74.

January 13, 2002
Logging onto the Playchess server -- how to set up your user account.

January 20, 2002
The Playchess panes -- what you'll see on your monitor after you connect to the Playchess server.

January 27, 2002
Playing games on the Playchess server -- making and accepting challenges, and playing games.

February 3, 2002
Installing the "Classic" Shredder6 interface -- how to install the "bonus" GUI that comes with Shredder6.

February 10, 2002
Two new ChessBase CDs -- previewing Philidor Defense by Alexander Bangiev and Queen's Gambit Declined by Boris Schipkov.

February 17, 2002
Odds and ends -- various concerns, including new service packs and a revised installation procedure for Pocket Fritz.

February 24, 2002
Setting hash tables -- how to properly configure the hash tables in your playing programs.

March 3, 2002
Shredder6's triple brain -- how to use this cool new feature, exclusive to Shredder6 Classic.

March 10, 2002
Optimizing a chess engine's strength -- how to squeeze every last Elo point out of your chess engines.

March 17, 2002
The Pirc Defense CD -- previewing the new CD from ChessBase.

March 24, 2002
Odds and ends (again!) -- another potpourri of info, including upgrading the Shredder6 engine and getting new engines for Shredder6.

Even though I write this thing every week, I get a lot of help from a lot of people. My thanks go out to the ChessBase USA and ChessBase GmbH staffers, my various (and often somewhat shady) chess cronies (especially "Morphy" and the Kamikazes), and to the many, many people who've written with questions and suggestions for this column. Thanks again!

Until next week, have fun!

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