ChessBase 16 - The new features (Part 1)

by Arne Kaehler
11/10/2020 – ChessBase 16 is already in the starting blocks and will be released on 17th November 2020. Now everyone wants to know: what are the new features in this version? What innovations are on the horizon? And what is the "key to new ideas"? ChessBase co-founder Matthias Wuellenweber, who has developed all ChessBase versions since 1986 with his team, presents the most interesting innovations in the video. Part 1 of the five-part series (in which ChessBase programmer Jeroen Van Den Belt is also involved) deals with "opening novelties" at the highest level.

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ChessBase 16 - Part 1

Opening novelties

Matthias Wuellenweber explains to us why Fabiano Caruana was an initiator of this feature and shows on ChessBase 16 the extensive functions of the opening novelties, and how these can be used effectively.

In this five-part series, which is shown every day before ChessBase 16 is released, our programmers give us a small insight into the latest functions of our royal product.


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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PaulB234 PaulB234 12/1/2020 02:29
Does the modern version of chessBase (16) allow, use on multiple devices at once? Older versions certainly permitted this. Got this version today. Unsure if I will be able to use on laptop too though. Very fast from what I have seen though.
Silent2121 Silent2121 11/16/2020 03:57
I wish Chessbase 16 had more features aimed to help club players. Finding novelties in openings is something that is useful for GMs and IMs (which are a minority). As a club player I feel lucky if I remember the main lines in an opening. Finding a novelty in move 18 isn't relevant at all for most players. I'm glad they are adding this function to Chessbase, but I think they should also add functions aimed to help lower rated players.

For example, I would love to see a function like this: after I'm done analyzing my own games without an engine, it would be great to have a function that tells me automatically (after I decide to activate it) if the variations I wrote down in my analysis are sound. This function could tell me if I missed an important move in my analysis, or whether my evaluation of the resulting positions are sound (for this I would need to end my variations with a concrete evaluation, like "white is much better", or "the position is equal", or what have you). This would save a lot of time. As it is, after I'm done with my analysis I have to use the engine to go move by move through all the variations I wrote. This is something that could be done automatically and that would be of great help for those who frequently analyze their own games.
molokai molokai 11/13/2020 09:17
Like to know something I see on the video esp. in the Vachier and Nihal game the eco is different from some other databases. On video it say C77 nad on other databases it C84 Why?
goeland goeland 11/10/2020 06:25
will you have a novelty Im waiting for years ? :
you setup a parameter n : and when you play a game in training mode, there is a "n" moves delay between the board display and the game notation. Thats very good training technique used by a GM friend (on a physical board with his trainer), good for training vizualisation.