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Mining Chess Databases, Part 3

Last time we decided to map out the Center Game (1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4) for further exploration. We drilled into a very large chess database and collected roughly 4,500 game “nuggets” into a separate chess opening database – our new chess mine! Let’s scoop up the gold and head for the nearest saloon, right? Now hang on, partner. If we’re going for the big strike we’ve got to expand operations, put out horizontal shafts and add even more chess games. In fact, we want to claim every contest ever played that starts with the ancient Center Game! Let chess fever grip you; greed is good.

So where do we find any more games in this chess opening? First (of course) add your own games, and include games from any chess books or magazines on hand. If you belong to an online chess club, their games can often be downloaded; then dig for any internet chess game collection or database. Get the latest tournament chess games. Those wishing to invest their grubstake on proven ore with professional annotations may consider the Opening Encyclopedia, Correspondence Database and the Informants for example. And don’t forget to type “Center Game chess opening” in the Google search bar – no telling what’s under that rock!

In any case, after adding these extra chess games into our own new database simply kill and delete the duplicates. Now at last we have an excellent chess database, a world class game collection by any standard. Say, a feller gets parched doing work like that – where’s them swingin’ doors?

Hold up there, camper. The delirium passed and now there’s so much gold down here a mule couldn’t haul it to the surface. Our original chess database has grown to maybe 10,000 Center Game examples and we need a way to sort through them. We’re starting to feel lucky we don’t play the King’s Gambit, which has maybe 10 times more chess games available. How do we find the games we want? Without an outline or index of opening variations we don’t even have a lantern in the dark.

Take it from an old prospector: what we need is serious mining equipment, a special Openings Key for our Center Game chess database. But that’s for later – I’m thirsty too!


One Response

  1. i own fritz powerbook 2010, mega 2009, chess powerplay [uscf].
    i have chessbase 10 and deep fritz 12 installed on my harddrive [windows 7, acer laptop]
    can i use these to make my database larger? [i have previously followed nick murphy’s video instructions to install powerbook 2010 in non-deep fritz 12]
    how can i install this combination to get the most instructive and powerful database?

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