ChessBase Online for Android – Creating a specific book

by Albert Silver
7/18/2012 – The latest major upgrade of the Android version of ChessBase Online is out, and it brings an important new function to allow improved research and opening preparation against an opponent: Create Book. Previously to prepare for an opponent, you would filter the games and position and then peruse the results. Now you can filter just the statistics of your opponent for every move. Learn how.

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ChessBase Online for Android – Creating a specific book

By Albert Silver

The latest major upgrade of the Android version of ChessBase Online is out, and it brings an important new function to allow improved research and opening preparation against an opponent: Create Book.

The ability to work one’s way through the moves with win/loss statistics, instantly highlighting the moves that have yielded the best results, and moves that have been poorly explored, was unquestionably valuable, but now this has been taken a step further.

Suppose you are in a weekend open and scheduled to play Vladimir Kramnik. The sort of thing that happens all the time, needless to say. You will be black and usually play the King’s Indian, and your only means of specific preparation is using your ChessBase Online app.

Previously, you could set up the position and then search for his games with black, which was certainly useful, but might be a bit time consuming, since you would need to look through the games to see what he played and how often.  Now there is no need with the new Create Book function.

Now you can filter Kramnik’s games, give it a range of dates, or you name it, and build a tree only from that set. Here is a small tutorial that will demonstrate how that works.

First let’s start by filtering the player and info first.


Upon entering the list we are shown all the games, with the most
recent on top. Click on the Menu button and then seelct Edit filter as above.


The filter pane will open, allowing you to specify your search


Once the search is done, as can be seen above, click on the
Menu button again, but this time select Create Book


You will be shown a blank board, but this time note the much
reduced number of games the statistics are covering.
Play the
moves forward until the proper opening position is reached.


Under normal circumstances, the above would be reached with
the statistics based on the full five million games in the online database.


Now we reach this reduced number, based entirely on the filtered selection

This means that you no longer need to peruse the games to get a feel of what your opponent tends to prefer, as you will get instant statistics on their previous choices.

Chessbase Online for Android can be purchased from the Android Market for a mere four Euros.

Scan the QR code above with your phone or tablet's camera to go straight to the Android Market link.

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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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Sibieinstein Sibieinstein 9/22/2015 10:47
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