Thursday, 4 November 2010

Chessbase vanity

I'm hardly a 'power user' of Chessbase, so there are a lot of features that it has that I have yet to discover. In fact I'm still using Chessbase Light, although I've at least upgraded to the premium version.
But every now and then I poke around looking for a new feature that might be useful. For the Olympiad I discovered "Prepare against White/Black" under the Players tab, although in the end it did me little good. I might have been better to use the "Dossier" function under the same section, as this provides slightly more useful information.
Testing this feature on my own I games I discovered a couple of interesting things.Firstly Chessbase is missing a large set of my games, although this isn't a bad thing. Secondly there are a couple of openings I do really badly against, although what they are will remain unpublished for the moment. And thirdly there are a couple of players I have a horrible score against.
Due to the incomplete record it actually understates how badly I've done against certain players. For example it says I am -3 against Ian Rout (over 5 games) when I'm pretty sure it would be about -10 over 15 games (including yet another loss last week!). I suspect this poor score against Ian also impacts on my poor score in certain openings, so to balance the ledger I'll show a game from an opening where I actually score well (75%!), and coincidently, where I actually won against Mr Rout.

Press,Shaun - Rout,Ian Clive [A46]
Belconnen Club-ch Belconnen, 1994

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.e3 Qa5+ 5.c3 Ne4 6.Bf4 cxd4 7.exd4 Nc6 8.Bd3 d5 9.Nbd2 f5 10.Ne5 Be7 11.Bxe4 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 dxe4 13.Bxg7 Rg8 14.Qh5+ Kd7 15.Qf7 Rxg7 16.Qxg7 Qb5 17.0-0-0 a5 18.Qe5 Qa4 19.d5 Qxa2 20.dxe6+ Qxe6 21.Nc4+ Ke8 22.Qh8+ Bf8 23.Nd6+ Ke7 24.Qxh7+ Kf6 25.Qh4+ Kg6 26.Qd8 Be7 27.Qe8+ Kg7 28.Nxf5+ Qxf5 29.Qxe7+ Kg6 30.Rd6+ Kh5 31.g4+ Qxg4 32.Qf7+ Kh4 33.Rh6+ 1-0

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