Navigating the ChessBase Online Playerbase

by Nadja Wittmann
6/3/2018 – The new ChessBase Online Playerbase contains chess profiles of about 525,000 players and about 38,000 photos: players.chessbase.com You want to know who is currently among the top ten or the top hundred? Or you want to know how your rating (or the rating of rivals and friends) developed over the years? Have a look! | Drawing: ChessBase

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Take it from the top

The Playerbase starts with the best: if you go to players.chessbase.com you see a list of the current top 100. Clicking on the profile of a player yields more information: photos and an Elo-chart showing how the rating of that player developed over time. Below photo and chart are the most recent games of that player — to play through and/or to download (if you have a ChessBase account).

Let's take a closer look at the profile and games of the current number one: Magnus Carlsen. You can see:

  • The latest photos is from Tata Steel Chess 2018
  • Magnus' rating graph over his career shows his Elo taking off like a rocket beginning in August 2005
  • His last tournament games were in the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir

 

The 1000 latest games

The replayer shows the last 1000 games Carlsen played

But this feature is not limited to the elite. You can also search for players, e.g. for yourself, friends, rivals, or any other player that interests you.

Just go to "Search" in the menu and enter the name of the player you are looking for.

You can also search for a part of the name, e.g. "Kort":

Searching for part of a name

The playerbase now offers you the profiles of all players whose surnames start with "Kort".

On the right of the "Search" tab is the "Lists" tab. It contains links to five different lists which follow the current FIDE ranking list: the "World Top 100", the "Women's Top 100", the "Boys U20, Top 100", the "Girls U20, Top 100", and a "Custom List".

In the Custom List you can search for a number of criteria. This allows you to create a number of interesting results. Let's say, for instance, you want to find out who are currently the best female players in the US who are still active. We enter the following into the search mask:

  • Country: United States of America
  • Gender: Female
  • Active players only

And find that Anna Zatonskih is the best active female player in the US (FIDE list May 1st 2018)

The playerbase is rapidly developing into a powerful took for learning about chess players past and present.

Let us know what you think! How do you use the playerbase? What would you like to see added or improved?

And of course, have fun!

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juha_ovaskainen juha_ovaskainen 6/5/2018 12:28
The ICCF and otb ELO are mixed in the history. How can I add my photo?
chessmatt chessmatt 6/3/2018 08:00
Thanks I passed the link on to support recommending they segregate out the ICCF games, or better yet show two history lines.
macauley macauley 6/3/2018 08:43
@chessmatt @afiedito - Please contact support with your names: chessbase.com/support
afiedito afiedito 6/3/2018 07:08
Please help me. I was unable to find my name..
chessmatt chessmatt 6/3/2018 06:03
This is a great feature. One thing I should point out is that in my case the rating history is confused between my ICCF correspondence history and my OTB history. So the rating graph looks very odd (my ICCF rating as you would expect is quite a bit higher than my OTB rating). You probably need to segregate correspondence and OTB.
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