All ChessBase 15 tutorials at a glance

by Nadja Wittmann
2/6/2019 – Vishy Anand was delighted: "ChessBase 15 – awesome!". In recent weeks we have presented the new features and tools of ChessBase 15 in a number of tutorials: the replay training that helps you to improve, the fast reference search that makes opening study easy, the new search mask or the raytracing technique, and other features. Here are all these tutorials at one glance. Read them and see what Vishy Anand means!

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ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the international standard for top players, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. The latest version, ChessBase 15, has now been released. It brings you spectacular new training features, all geared to improve your playing strength in the most enjoyable way possible. The program also generates beautiful ray-trace chess movies you can post on social media. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy your chess even more.

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All ChessBase 15 tutorials

Here's a handy reference guide to all the tutorials we've published today. You can find all tutorials on a variety of subjects now and in the future on our Tutorials overview page.

ChessBase 15: Replay Training (part 1)

A bright ideaIn this tutorial, learn all about "replay training", a new feature of ChessBase 15 that invites you to guess the moves in games — a well-known and powerful way to improve. Correct proposals are rewarded with points which allows you to measure your progress. "Replay training" is a nice feature that you can use for light-hearted fun and playful challenges but also for some serious training. Give it a try!

ChessBase 15: Replay Training (part 2)

The first part of the tutorial about the new "Replay Training" function in ChessBase 15 explained how to use this function. The second part explains how to optimize your training and how to save the results of your replay sessions. Try it, have fun, get better!

ChessBase 15: The new search mask

The ChessBase Mega Database and other game collections contain fantastic examples for all important chess manoeuvres. However, they often remain hidden. The new search mask in ChessBase 15 can help find these hidden gems. A powerful function that is simply fun to use!

ChessBase 15: Reference search

Search rookIf you want to work on your openings the reference search is crucial. And in ChessBase 15 the reference search is much faster than before — two to four times faster, depending on your computer. To quote Vishy Anand: "The search booster alone makes life better!" The fast search helps to improve your opening preparation enormously. Our tutorial shows how and why.

ChessBase 15: Sharing games on social media

Chess is often played in isolation, but it can also be a social game. ChessBase 15 helps you to share games on various social media channels with ease. Open a game in ChessBase 15, save it as GIF and share it on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Snapchat. Here's a short tutorial to show how it's done.

ChessBase 15: Chess images with raytracing

Want to see your winning combination artfully visualized? ChessBase 15 makes this possible: How about a spectacular camera ride towards the opponent's king, or as a photo motif on your website, coffee cup or T-shirt? With the latest raytracing technology, you have a chance to create amazing chess images with ChessBase 15. Camera perspective and light can be adjusted in nearly infinite ways, resulting in breathtaking views and graphics.

Update service for ChessBase Mega Database 2019 with ChessBase 15

plugin rookWhat distinguishes the Mega Database from other databases? For one, it does not become obsolete and remains "up to date" with just a few clicks! Because the delivery of the Mega Database 2019 includes not only approximately 7.6 million games but also the weekly mega update service. Every week we provide you with a database of around 5,000 new games. (Plus, the included 72,000 annotated games alone correspond to a set of over 1,000 chess books!) With a few clicks in ChessBase 15, your Mega Database will always be up to date. A "mega help" for every tournament player. Here's how...

Share games with ChessBase 15

Sharing can be fun — and sharing chess games can be fun but also helpful and instructive, e.g. if you teach chess or work with a trainer. In any case, sharing games with ChessBase 15 is easy. Here's a short tutorial covering your options.

ChessBase 15: Online help and manuals

ChessBase 15 is a powerful program with a lot of useful functions. The online support helps you to get the most out of ChessBase 15 and is easy to access. And if you really want to explore the depths of the program the ChessBase 15 online manual will help you. It is free and available in four languages!

Preparation made easy: the ChessBase 15 Playerbase

The ChessBase 15 Playerbase is a very useful tool. It helps you to find information about other players: the openings he plays and how well he plays them or his rating development. Sometimes this information even comes with one or several photos of the player. And you can search online or offline. 

Organizing databases in ChessBase 15!

Keeping your chess databases in order, e.g. by arranging databases according to topics, players, openings, etc., makes training and improving easier and more fun. Database administration in ChessBase 15 is not difficult. Here's a little tutorial to help you.

Tutorial CB 15: Finding critical moves (1)

Critical moves are, well, critical. They decide about win, loss or draw. To feel when a critical position arises is crucial to improve your game. ChessBase 15 helps you to find and to analyse these critical moments in your games or games by others — and to turn your findings into training questions which you save in a database with critical moves. 

How to train with ChessBase 15 (2)

ChessBase 15 offers powerful tools to improve your training and your chess. One such tool is the "Tactical Analysis" that can work as a virtual coach to answer your chess questions. But to get the most of the answers you should know how to ask the right questions! In this tutorial, resident ChessBase expert MARTIN FISCHER demonstrates an effective method to work with a strong chess analysis engine within your ChessBase 15 program.

Training with ChessBase 15: Creating interactive training tasks

ChessBase 15 offers a lot of training tools. An effective and powerful training method is to work with interactive training tasks. Part 3 of our series with ChessBase tutorials shows how to create interactive training tasks, how to save them in training databases, and how to create work sheets with training tasks.

Studying openings with "Let´s Check" and ChessBase Magazine

It helps to get help when studying openings. The ChessBase "Let's Check" function offers a lot of help. It is a database with analyses made by other "Let's Check" users, often with top engines and powerful computers. "Let's Check" gives you access to these analyses and you can check, broaden, and sharpen your repertoire. Together with the ChessBase Magazine "Let's Check" is particularly powerful.

Studying openings with the ChessBase Magazine, II: Creating a repertoire database

The second part of the opening tutorial shows how to create a repertoire database and how to import games from the ChessBase Magazine and other sources to your repertoire database to save a lot of time and effort. 

Tactics training with the ChessBase Magazine

Most games are decided by tactics and the better you are tactically, the more points you make. The ChessBase Magazine helps you to sharpen and improve your tactical abilities. With a regular tactics column and with interactive games with training tasks. Here's a brief guide on the tools available to help you improve your tactical acumen.

Strategy training with the ChessBase Magazine!

ChessBase Magazine regularly offers high-class training materials by top players and coaches — material that helps you to improve your strategic understanding. The following tutorial shows how to make the most of these training materials.

Using Fat Fritz in the Engine Cloud

We recently announced the release of Fat Fritz. It is a Neural Network program, inspired by Google's AlphaZero project, and it runs on the latest and most powerful hardware that is currently available. It has been secretly tested by a number of leading players, but it is now available for regular users as well. You cannot buy Fat Fritz — it's only use it in the Engine Cloud. For those who have never used this service before here is a brief tutorial.   

How does the Engine Cloud work?

If you have ever had a chess engine analysing deeply on your notebook, you'll notice you soon hear the cooling fan rushing, the battery is sucked empty as your push the limits of the hardware. The ChessBase Engine Cloud solves this problem: Current chess engines, installed on high-performance hardware — your wish is their command! Use the cloud's computing power without burdening your notebook or upgrading to expensive hardware. Have top-notch processing power already. Then you can become a supplier! The Engine Cloud is also a marketplace where you can rent engines out to others. The latest edition is of course FAT FRITZ ChessBase's own AlphaZero-like AI chess engine running on 8-core CPUs and dual graphics cards.     

Improve your planning and understanding

If you play an opening, it is advisable not just to know the moves, but also the plan that is behind them. The ChessBase 15 Plan Explorer is able to show us these plans. It evaluates the games that have been played in different openings and shows how the players continued their development. Unlike the reference search it is not about next move, but about the further development. The Plan Explorer is a tool that helps us not only to remember the moves, but also to understand them. We will show you some practical examples and explain how it works.


Visit the Tutorials overview page for a continuously updates list of articles.

First steps with ChessBase 15

The short guide "First Steps" shows how to start with ChessBase 15 and explains the most important functions and tools. And ChessBase expert Martin Fischer explains the new features of ChessBase 15. Download for free.


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