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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #408 - 02/13/19 at 16:54:54
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brabo wrote on 01/18/19 at 09:37:22:
proustiskeen wrote on 01/17/19 at 15:13:13:
Welcome back, chesspubbers!

My January review of Chessbase 15 and Chessable.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/books-and-beyond/



Another topic which reviews never touch is, when do you recommend Chessbase and when do you think the Fritz interface is sufficient. I notice most chessplayers around me buy once Chessbase and afterwards never buy an upgrade as they used the program barely and consider therefore the price too high.



I think Proustiskeen may have covered this in one of his earlier Christmas buying guides when he also highlighted lower cost/ free options. It certainly should be covered more often in reviews given how expensive the likes of chessbase are now.
  

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Reply #407 - 02/05/19 at 09:27:00
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brabo wrote on 01/30/19 at 20:59:15:
It took some time to do the research but I just translated my article about Chessbase or Fritz Gui to English.
https://chess-brabo.blogspot.com/2019/01/chessbase-15-part-1.html
A second article will focus on Chessbase 15 itself and in a 3rd article I will conclude with why we need or don't need the Big Database.

And now the 2nd article is online. A friend wrote it and he is clearly a big fan of the program. I am almost convinced to buy it.  Huh https://chess-brabo.blogspot.com/2019/02/chessbase-15-part-2.html
  
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Reply #406 - 02/04/19 at 16:39:52
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A flub on my part:  Dink Heckler was responding to the recent pic of the now septuagenarian "Raymundo" Keene linked below.  I have one of his earlier insty-books (K-K '86, with David Goodman) which I take it may have been better than the latest one.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gibchess/31953329097/in/album-72157675974758647/
  
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Reply #405 - 02/04/19 at 11:02:46
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brabo wrote on 01/18/19 at 09:37:22:
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"When Garry Kasparov says that ChessBase is the most important innovation in chess since the printing press, he is not exaggerating."
I believe you are misinterpreting Kasparov here.


Isn't that what he said over thirty years ago? He was after all one of the first, if not the first user and his support encouraged the initial founders and developers to realise there was a market for a collection of games searchable by player and opening.
  
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Reply #404 - 02/04/19 at 09:52:40
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He seems to have aged OK (or at least, he got his aging out of the way early) - he looks pretty much the same as I remember him from 30-odd years ago.
  

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Reply #403 - 02/04/19 at 05:23:11
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My February review of books and videos about the 2018 World Championship match.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/02/03/instant-gratification/
  
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Reply #402 - 01/30/19 at 20:59:15
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It took some time to do the research but I just translated my article about Chessbase or Fritz Gui to English.
https://chess-brabo.blogspot.com/2019/01/chessbase-15-part-1.html
A second article will focus on Chessbase 15 itself and in a 3rd article I will conclude with why we need or don't need the Big Database.
  
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Reply #401 - 01/18/19 at 13:41:36
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lnn2 wrote on 01/18/19 at 12:18:45:
It is indeed a pertinent question whether Chessbase or Fritz GUI is sufficient (thank you Brabo for your insightful views as always).

For me the connection to Cloud database is worth the price of Chessbase - seeing immediately the latest games/stats and possible candidates when going through a game is very helpful (I have no time/patience to maintain myself an updated Reference database, and besides the Reference is slow if your computer does not have an SSD).

To rely solely on the cloud, means you always need to have a good internetconnection. That is definitely not everywhere available in the world.
Another worry I have about the cloud is how secure this is. Will you as correspondence player or grandmaster trust your analysis to the cloud or not? We have seen so many times in the last years how fragile the security of a cloud is.

Also I understood that the access and search function are heavily restricted to the online database to avoid overload. You still need your own reference database to get the full experience of Chessbase. However Chessbase does offer an automatic update of the database with the latest played games. 1st year is free but next years you need to pay extra.

Last remark but you will anyway read much more in a next article is that an openingbook is in most cases a much better solution than a reference database. I just created 2 from the latest big database myself. One with games of 1 player having at least 2300 elo and one with games of both players having at least 2500 elo. The first one took my computer 12 hours to create. The second was done in 1 hour. You can also buy such openingbook at Chessbase for 70 euro see https://shop.chessbase.com/en/products/powerbook_2019
  
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Reply #400 - 01/18/19 at 12:18:45
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It is indeed a pertinent question whether Chessbase or Fritz GUI is sufficient (thank you Brabo for your insightful views as always).

For me the connection to Cloud database is worth the price of Chessbase - seeing immediately the latest games/stats and possible candidates when going through a game is very helpful (I have no time/patience to maintain myself an updated Reference database, and besides the Reference is slow if your computer does not have an SSD).
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #399 - 01/18/19 at 09:37:22
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proustiskeen wrote on 01/17/19 at 15:13:13:
Welcome back, chesspubbers!

My January review of Chessbase 15 and Chessable.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/books-and-beyond/

"When Garry Kasparov says that ChessBase is the most important innovation in chess since the printing press, he is not exaggerating."
I believe you are misinterpreting Kasparov here. Kasparov has also stated earlier that Chessbase is kindergarten for him and the Fritz interface is for him sufficient. This statement I already mentioned 5 years ago on this forum.
When Kasparov says that Chessbase is the most important innovation then most likely he refers to the firm/ brand and not the single product. Anyway it is a very old statement of almost 20 years ago from Kasparov and Kasparov is already out of competition for almost 14 years so we better listen to other active players.

Another topic which reviews never touch is, when do you recommend Chessbase and when do you think the Fritz interface is sufficient. I notice most chessplayers around me buy once Chessbase and afterwards never buy an upgrade as they used the program barely and consider therefore the price too high.

My personal view is that Chessbase is only more interesting than the Fritz interface for a relative small % of players. I summarize them below.
1) (Professional) trainers -> prepare lessons around certain themes by using the advanced search masks, cloud
2) Students which actively work together with a trainer so share often analysis, homework,... -> cloud
3) Ambitious players/ professionals working together on some chess-projects -> cloud
4) Ambitious players/ professionals working with several devices -> cloud
5) Early adopters/ gadget lovers which just like to have always the latest innovations, features,... and don't bother to pay money for it.
6) Rich players. The price is for them nothing more than some spare change.

I'll write a blogpost in the nearby future about the most important differences between both products to my perspective. For that I put both manuals next to it and make a comparison.
  
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Reply #398 - 01/17/19 at 15:13:13
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Welcome back, chesspubbers!

My January review of Chessbase 15 and Chessable.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/books-and-beyond/
  
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Reply #397 - 11/21/18 at 03:47:38
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Always interesting to read, thanks for sharing.
And not often that one sees the word 'epiphenomenal' in chess publications eh.
  
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Reply #396 - 11/20/18 at 20:45:04
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My December review / roundup of six books I neglected over the past year, slightly early due to the pre-Thanksgiving release of the December Chess Life. Happy holidays!

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/tis-the-season/
  
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Reply #395 - 11/01/18 at 18:48:54
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My November review of four books related to the upcoming World Championship Match, including Brin-Jonathan Butler's mass market release.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/world-championship-fever/
  
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Reply #394 - 10/09/18 at 03:34:34
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 05/09/18 at 22:05:44:
This discussion reminded me of a conversation I had with a group of Russian GMs 30 years ago concerning Shereshevsky's book 'Endgame Strategy': I was saying how good it was and how much I liked it, to which I was informed that it was mostly copied from other (Soviet) authors! I have no idea if this is true or not, maybe it was just sour grapes, but it stuck in my memory.


That is hilarious Tony. Indian authors are also not afraid of plagiarizing or stealing others' work completely. I've heard it from the mouths of Grandmasters in the country and who played on Indian teams.

Dvoretsky used copyrighted material in his own books as well, which was in direct violation of the law, but no one cared. That's why I'm chuckling about this hubbub when Shereshevsky violated no laws and actually made these other authors richer. Strictly, you must prove damage done and there certainly wasn't any done by him praising others. Additionally, that's not the definition of plagiarism; he didn't pass off anyone else's work as his own. He cited someone else's books that definitely earned them more money.

Actually, Naroditsky stole - literally word-for-word - entire games with game analysis and not a single note changed from Dvoretsky in his book Mastering Positional Chess. Apparently no one noticed besides me and some people on forums, so he won numerous book of the year awards for it. I closed the book - not only did he steal Dvoretsky's analysis on the famous Botvinnik pawn roller line without changing anything, he even made the exact same errors!

I thought you were going to say that your biggest gripe with Endgame Play is that he cited Alekhine and Capablanca's direct analysis so much. In fact, I see that criticism a lot, but I think that makes the book better. I mean, if you can cite what the actual players were thinking, that can't be a bad thing, so I don't take issue with him for that. Most of the "Soviet School of Chess" stuff is all copied notes from an original source anyway. Does anyone care? Probably just me.
  
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