New Technology for the ChessBase News

by Matthias Wüllenweber
4/7/2022 – In the last weeks, we added a lot of chess interactivity to the ChessBase news pages. Replaying games is now optimized for mobile devices. There is a pleasing new layout for annotated games. Social sharing has been radically improved. Diagrams have grown a dirty little secret. Live broadcasts with multiple boards can be configured easily.

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Replaying games on a mobile phone

The most practical improvement of our news pages is game replay on mobile devices. After a long day at work, not everybody enjoys reading news on a desktop computer. It is often more relaxing to use your mobile phone. 

Replaying games on a mobile phone: Board size matters.

 

Use the "Hamburger" menu at the top left to change layouts. You can also have a layout with a big notation and an integrated engine.

 

Reading mode - a new game layout

Try out the new layout for annotated games. This time not as a screenshot but the real interactive thing. Here is a puzzle: Can you find out how to get a board for a given move?

 

 

Yes of course, you just click on a move! Try to resize the board - it can be huge....

 

Interactive sharing of chess positions

My name is Matthias and I am a Twittoholic. Among all the disturbing news and unfriendly disputes one reads on Twitter it is always refreshing to see a beautiful chess position. Many people share interesting positions. However this is usually done as picture. Nobody with a short attention span engages with such a picture if more analysis is required. So we introduced a way to share positions for interactive analysis:

Click on the download button and select "Share playable board".

This will copy a link to a playable position into your clipboard. This also works on mobile devices. For good measure, a text file containing the link is downloaded on your computer. Now you open Twitter and paste the link into your Tweet:

The link looks complex, but is actually quite logical. We will come to that.

 

The resulting tweet is this. Twitter prefers a 2:1 picture format in the preview...

And now the cool thing: Clicking on the picture leads you to a light weight diagram where you can analyse the position. You can try it in the embedded tweet above.

You could also post this link on FaceBook or send it via What's App:

Sending chess positions on What's App or other messengers.

Have a look at the structure of this link: It is actually quite simple. It starts with the address of the site "dia.chessbase.com". Then you add a "parameter" to this url. Adding a parameter is done by attaching a question mark. Now follows the position. Check out this simple example:

http://dia.chessbase.com?pos=wKe1,Ra2/bKe8

While it is simple to read such a descriptive position, you can also use FEN strings:

http://dia.chessbase.com?pos=r4rk1/pppq1ppp/8/n2np1N1/1b6/2NP4/PPPBQPPP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 2

How to get those FEN strings? Well, on every game replay on this page, just click the download button described above and select "Download FEN", which will copy it into the clipboard and also download a little text file containing the string. You can also copy FEN in ChessBase or Fritz.

This is how you could build and share links to https://dia.chessbase.com with your own positions. Nothing is stored in a database, there is no cloud etc involved, the position is simply embedded in the link.

 

Tricky diagrams

Now about this frivolous new thing in our diagrams:

 

All diagrams on ChessBase News are interactive. You can enter moves on them and do other cool things. With some hesitation do we point out a new function. We understand that one is supposed to think about positions. However there is now an engine button... Find and try it in the diagram above. Also you can open a little notation window to see the structure of your analysis. And of course all the social sharing functions are there also.

 

Improved live broadcasts

Finally some quick hints how to arrange boards in the new live broadcast layout on en.chessbase.com and on live.chessbase.com. Most live broadcasts consist of multiple interesting games which you will want to see simultaneously.

The first important thing to know is an old function:

Click the maximize button to get a huge broadcast window that can accomodate many boards.

Now toggle between the traditional split window or new swiped layout:

The swiped layout leaves more space for the boards

Layouts are a matter of taste: The new swiped layout requires a few clicks/mobile swipes to change between views but is in general more spacious.

Now you set the number of boards:

Click on the setttings button on the right to configure your boards

The board number can range between 1 and 24. You could also have multiple boards on a mobile phone. If your board area is squarish, a square number like 4, 9 or 16 yields nice views. Drag the vertical split bar in the middle to modify the size of the board area.

Our traditional layout emphasized the first board. If you prefer this (at cost of the other board sizes) uncheck "Boards Same Size".

The games list of a live broadcasts now contains the players flags if it is wide enough. Drag the split bar to the left to increase its width. This is to quickly find participants of your country:

Seven English Whites in Reykjavik today

Thank you for your attention to this new stuff and thank you for reading the ChessBase News! Drop me a comment if you have own thoughts about the new functionality.

 

 

 

 

Matthias Wüllenweber, CEO of ChessBase
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iblunder2 iblunder2 4/16/2022 12:47
Until I have time to do something better, I'm overriding the CB Replay CSS file with the following:

#content{
position: relative !important;
overflow: visible !important;
}

Whether this works for others will depend on existing styling.
iblunder2 iblunder2 4/16/2022 12:35
These changes look good, but I'm pretty sure they've "broken" several chess websites that I look after. You're now using names for HTML entities which conflict with names that are already in use (such as "content"), and as such I get style conflicts. I'm going to have to change my sites to use a different PGN viewer.
NMcrazyim5 NMcrazyim5 4/14/2022 08:07
Much needed improvements! Thanks! Could you also add more board colors? Something like the default brown in lichess would be fantastic!
NYTed NYTed 4/9/2022 08:51
Those are some really Nice Enhancements!
Derek880 Derek880 4/9/2022 12:21
I like the new changes. However, I would like to see some changes to the Chessbase Android app as well. For example, the engines are in desperate need of updating. Why are we still stuck with Stockfish 9 on the Android app from 2018? As good as the Android app is at searching the online database, it seems like updating the engines would be a fairly simple thing to do.
Mrudenko Mrudenko 4/9/2022 12:18
It would be nice if the positions at tactics.chessbase.com had a "Download FEN" feature. I would like to be able to review positions I failed to solve at a later time to see if I have learned from my errors.
Matrose Matrose 4/8/2022 02:45
mw testing 4/7/2022 04:46
Vielen Dank für Ihre Mitteilung. Beides hat geklappt! Gewußt wie! Schönes Wochenende. M.
Pionki Pionki 4/8/2022 08:57
Talking about the progress! I still remember how a few years ago I was complaining that I cannot replay the games with the black pieces on my side of the board. This is why I am coming back to Chessbase time and time again.
Remis64 Remis64 4/7/2022 08:19
Zum " tricky diagram": Die Engine zeigt ein Matt in drei Zügen durch Weiß an, aber der Kommentar darunter stellt fest "Schwarz hat großen Vorteil"???
Theochessman Theochessman 4/7/2022 07:55
Wow, the board is slooooow....
So much lag moving the pieces!
chessengeria chessengeria 4/7/2022 06:07
Very good and useful improvements. Will definitely use this in my website chessengeria.com
Thanks!
mw testing mw testing 4/7/2022 04:46
Hi, Matrose,

please allow me to answer in english (or you could write directly to me through our support):
This is an important question. To download games, click on the download button (the arrow pointing downwards). In the new notation layout, this button is below the board window (click on a move to open the board window). The first entry in this menu is "Download PGN" (PGN herunterladen). The PGN file will be stored in your download folder. If you have ChessBase installed then on my Chrome Browser ChessBase starts automatically and opens the game. You can also find it in the CloudClip Cloud database if you are logged in here with your ChessBase account.
Matrose Matrose 4/7/2022 03:03
Alles sehr schön. Aber ich genieße gerne zu Hause gut kommentierte Partien über cb 16, die ich dann mit meinen Erkenntnissen und Engine Analysen erweitere. Wie kann ich, wie das bisher möglich war, diese Partien downloaden,
jetzt kann ich sie mir nur über Partienarchive bei cb herunterladen (TA) und dann manuell Kommentare und Analysen lt. Text eingeben und meine Datenbank erweitern.
Denix Denix 4/7/2022 02:05
Wow!~
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