Live Game Archive: your resource for recent events

by Albert Silver
3/20/2017 – By now you will already be aware of the Web-based replayer to follow live events with moves, times, and even on-the-fly comments. Not to mention an engine to use and the freedom to annotate. Still, once the event is over it disappears from the list forever, right? Wrong! Introducing the Live Game Archive where you can find months of recent events, with thousands of commented games, all for free!

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If you want to follow an event live from your browser, there is nothing easier, and on the main page you now have easy links. You can click on any individual event and have it open to a live replayer with the latest round, or you can click on the ‘mother’ link just above called ‘Live Tournaments’, which will take you to the page where all the events underway (or very recently finished) can be seen.

On the main page, you have easy links to follow any live event right there and then in your browser with a single click

If you click on the main 'Live Tournaments' link, it takes you to this page where you can see all the events underway, including the current standings, the main players. Click on one and you can see the games.

However, suppose you wanted to look up an event that expired already from the main Live list, or that even took place months ago?  At the very bottom of the Live list are some new links, one of which is the Archive.

If you click on it, you will be taken to a long list of all the events in the past few months, with the names, dates, and number of games.

The default is in alphabetical order, but at the bottom you can click to reorder them by date

More importantly, if you click on any one of them, it will open a full replayer with all the games from the tournament. You can simply look over them directly there, using the tools to choose a game, and review it. You will notice that the majority are probably already analyzed using the Tactical Analysis.

Allow me to say this is incredibly useful as it allows one to very quickly get a grasp on where the game pivoted. When sifting through a list in search of an interesting game, or an interesting shot, it can be time-consuming to go through them, but with these ready-analyzed it is soooo much easier.

No less importantly, you can save the entire PGN to your computer with a single click, either using the icon under the board, or the link at the bottom. NB: the PGN will contain all the games, and all the annotations. If you want them without annotations, you will need to sterilize them yourself.

This is easily done in ChessBase or ChessBase Reader: save the base as a native CBH base, then right-click on it, choose Tools and then Unannotate DB...

We hope you find this resource useful!

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, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.


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