Cloud Database: saving and updating your games

by Albert Silver
2/21/2015 – A reader wrote explaining he had a database of his own games, and asked how he could create a database of his games in the Cloud Database, and transfer them there. After two articles on how a player could work with a colleague, student, or team, here is how, and what to do even if you're at a tournament with no computer at hand. A step-by-step guide.

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The first question that needs answering is on saving the games. While the procedure of creating a database in Fritz or ChessBase is certainly easy enough, both require a desktop computer. What if you went to an open, maybe a weekend rapid event, and won't have access to a laptop or other? I could suggest entering the games later, but unless they were recorded on a scoresheet, that could be a dubious proposal to say the least.

The answer is to use a smartphone or tablet, and save the games one at a time, using a chess application that saves PGN files. Needless to say, ChessBase for Android or iPhone is ideally suited for this, since you can also annotate it, but really any app should do. If you have no scoresheet, try to save them shortly after the round while they are fresh in your memory.

ChessBase for Android offers all the tools you need to analyze and save games, ready
for storage on the Cloud Database

Using ChessBase 13

It goes without saying that using ChessBase 13 is by far the easiest way, so let's start with that. However, even if you don't have it, you can still save the games on the cloud with no restrictions, just be warned that to save them elsewhere from the cloud to a pendrive or hard disk will require a copy of the program.

First you'll need to create a Cloud Database where you plan to store your
games. In ChessBase 13, click on Cloud Databases.

Although there is already a database called My Games, you can create a new one for your use.
Here I will click on New and create a fresh database called "Albert's Games".

After going to the Cloud Databases, return to the main database area: My Databases

In ChessBase 13, drag and drop the PGN file to the Cloud Database or...

...open the base with your games, then choose the ones you want to copy, and drag and
drop them to the Cloud Database in question.

That's all there is to it. After that you can access your Cloud Database at any time from any computer with ChessBase 13 installed, entering with your Playchess account, or via the MyGames browser app.

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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erlu erlu 7/3/2017 02:18
Hello,
I think that creating a My Cloud Games is the easiest part. But how to access to My Cloud Games from Android apps (Playchess.com or ChessBase Online) ?
Thanks for you help
semprun semprun 12/18/2015 06:23
@Pirate2 You can use DropBox, and it would be automatic. Up to 5 GB are free, and that's what I use.

I believe ChessBase are giving all of us 200MB, so you could use their cloud...
Pirate2 Pirate2 3/2/2015 08:08
Thanks for the information. I have a desktop on which I use CB 13. I also have a laptop I take to tournaments. How can I sync my laptop to my desktop so both are current. I was told I needed a third party program to do this.
prucea prucea 2/28/2015 11:03
I am looking for a way to save my current collection of games (in chessbase format) to the cloud database WITHOUT Chessbase 13.

Presumably, the steps should be:
-convert my chessbase database to pgn format
-open this pgn file on the cloud website
-select all games
-hit copy
-open a database
-hit paste

Given I cannot get these simple steps to work, I don't feel this product is ready for prime time.
Archnimzo Archnimzo 2/26/2015 04:53
Hi, I would like to know how can I check my cloud games from my mobile device, thanks for your answer!
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