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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #15 - 03/11/17 at 18:08:40
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brabo wrote on 03/11/17 at 17:56:23:
buddho wrote on 03/11/17 at 16:07:20:
Goodpoints. I think the online database runs out after a years subscription also (I am 6 months into a Chessbase purchase) without the megadatabase add ons.

I just saw this service: http://www.kingbase-chess.net/

If I download this, how would I merge it with by "big" database?

Chessbase has a function to merge 2 databases and remove duplicates see http://help.chessbase.com/CBase/14/Eng/index.html?001562.htm
I don't know any free software doing the same thing.
However I never bought Chessbase as I was able to work without this function for more than 2 decades. A bit smart copying and not caring about a few duplicates does the job too and is completely free.


That's really useful - thanks  Smiley
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #14 - 03/11/17 at 17:56:23
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buddho wrote on 03/11/17 at 16:07:20:
Goodpoints. I think the online database runs out after a years subscription also (I am 6 months into a Chessbase purchase) without the megadatabase add ons.

I just saw this service: http://www.kingbase-chess.net/

If I download this, how would I merge it with by "big" database?

Chessbase has a function to merge 2 databases and remove duplicates see http://help.chessbase.com/CBase/14/Eng/index.html?001562.htm
I don't know any free software doing the same thing.
However I never bought Chessbase as I was able to work without this function for more than 2 decades. A bit smart copying and not caring about a few duplicates does the job too and is completely free.
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
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Goodpoints. I think the online database runs out after a years subscription also (I am 6 months into a Chessbase purchase) without the megadatabase add ons.

I just saw this service: http://www.kingbase-chess.net/

If I download this, how would I merge it with by "big" database?
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #12 - 03/11/17 at 15:35:38
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buddho wrote on 03/11/17 at 15:06:14:
Is there any reason not to simply use the Online Chessbase database instead of updating all of the Twic's manually?

1) Often in tournaments there is no internet for the PC and if you neither have a smartphone then you can't access this online database.
2) I don't think the simple Fritz gui can access the online database. Probably with the expensive Chessbase it is possible but I don't want to pay for it.
  
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Is there any reason not to simply use the Online Chessbase database instead of updating all of the Twic's manually?
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #10 - 03/07/17 at 21:14:53
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BTW, probably too late for gd6595, ChessPubber, Katar, from time to time posts a database for Scid vs PC format. see
http://katar.weebly.com/blog/millbase-for-scid-update2
However, the database has not bee updated since July 2016.
A pity as I am too "lazy" and has been relying on his good work.
Maybe he will read this and update? Wink Cheesy
  

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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #9 - 03/07/17 at 17:21:35
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thanks again.

FYI, The TWIC does go back to mid 2012 I believe. However, I couldn't figure out how to download from the TWIC in one large batch. It was a tedious process to download, unzip each article separately so I quickly gave up.

So what I did instead was download something called "king database" which had all the TWIC thru march 2016. I then just cut and pasted what I needed from there into the big database. From march 2016 to end of Feb. 2017 I manually downloaded from the TWIC website.

Now I figure I will go back to the TWIC website once a month to get updates.

I also backed up the finished database to a thumb drive because I sure wouldn't want to do all that downloading again!!




  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #8 - 03/06/17 at 19:20:23
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No. Just be sure to remove doubles. Also, I don't think free issues of TWIC go all the way back to 2013, so you're going to have a gap in there.
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #7 - 03/06/17 at 16:43:52
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hi again.

I updated big database 2013 thru Feb 2017 using TWIC. Saving the new files directly to the 2013 database.

Should I have kept them separated?  ... (using both big book 2013 and TWIC database separately as opposed to merging the two?)

  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #6 - 02/28/17 at 15:59:08
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That is exactly what I would do.
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #5 - 02/28/17 at 15:28:59
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Hi again.

A friend is giving me a sealed copy of an older version of chessbase. I also will have "the big database" from 2013 I think.

What would be the best way to fill in the gap between 2013 and now?

I was assuming I would just download the free "This week in chess" database (or another free database) and load that into chessbase when I want recent games.

  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #4 - 02/12/17 at 07:38:36
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I think there usually are two days each year where chessbase has a 25% discount on everything. You can wait for those days.

Last year it was a day in May and Black Friday.
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #3 - 02/11/17 at 01:43:20
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Each 'key' only works for three installs. So there might be a problem there.
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #2 - 02/10/17 at 22:49:34
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great articles, thanks.

Another idea, one that would be the easiest on my wallet, would be to buy a used old version of chessbase.

What issue might I have in regards to the activation key or otherwise?
  
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Re: chessbase for the cheapskate
Reply #1 - 02/10/17 at 17:08:04
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chessbase for the cheapskate
02/10/17 at 13:49:15
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To this point I have been using chessbase engines and stockfish with the fritz GUI. I want to step up with the standard chessbase but its expensive for me. So I downloaded SCIDS vs. PC and I don't like it, I like the fritz/chessbase gui style better. 

So I realize maybe I can do the following....

I was considering buying Chessbase (the basic download only, not the starter package or better). I would forgo the purchase of a new chessbase engine or the megadatabases.

Then I thought I can use it with the free stockfish.   I would then use the free databases ("king" I think it is or "TWIC").

What are the limitations to doing it this way right from the start? Is this not much better than what I am currently doing?


  
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