Opening training with Fritz 17: Creating a repertoire

by Martin Fischer
12/6/2019 – Fritz 17 helps you to learn and memorize your opening repertoire. But first you have to create an opening repertoire that Fritz 17 can help you learn. This is done with the "Move-by-Move" principle and the following short tutorial shows how to enter moves or previous material to create such a repertoire.

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Opening training — Move-by-Move

Our previous Fritz 17 tutorial showed how Fritz 17 helps you to learn and to drill an opening repertoire. The following tutorials will show how to create an opening repertoire to let Fritz 17 help you to memorize and to drill it.

Creating your opening repertoire

We will start with the "Move-by-Move" principle which is the basis for structuring your opening repertoire. The second part will show how available material can be added to the repertoire and the third part will talk about ready-made opening repertoires created by Fritz while also addressing some further questions.

Fritz saves the repertoire you create in the ChessBase cloud and therefore you have to enter your ChessBase account when starting Fritz 17.

The starting window of the program shows which ChessBase account is in use

For structuring, or entering the repertoire I go to "Enter & Analyse":

And via "Opening" to the "My Moves" tab.

My Moves:

In the tutorial I will create a repertoire for Black to illustrate how this works. Creating a repertoire for White is basically the same, you just have to switch to "Load White". Two videos by Matthias Wüllenweber also shows how powerful this feature is. In the first of these video tutorials the ChessBase developer explains how to create a repertoire, and in the second video he explains how to drill and learn the repertoire.

Creating a repertoire move-by-move

The basic idea is that you only include moves into your repertoire that you actually want to play. (In contrast to opening books or surveys which usually offer a number of playable alternatives.) This approach appears in its clearest form when you start to create your repertoire from scratch. However, when you already have a digitalized repertoire or other material in digital form you can quickly add this material to your repertoire in Fritz 17.

Sources for the repertoire

One can use a lot of sources to shape one's repertoire:

  • Enter lines manually — ideal to analyse on your own or to work with a book
  • Link the opening feature with the live-book
  • Load or enter individual games or you can load lines from annotations directly into the opening repertoire
  • Upload a bunch of lines (e.g. existing repertoire lines) and integrate them into the repertoire
  • Use the ready-made repertoires that Fritz 17 offers for White and for Black, geared for players of four different levels

First, we take a look at the "Move-by-Move" option, where you enter your repertoire-moves manually or by linking to the live-book.

Entering moves manually

As we want to create a repertoire for Black we start with "Load Black".

Starting from scratch the repertoire is empty. First moves by playing them on the board, e.g. 1.d4 ♞f6 2.c4 g6 3.♘c3 d5. As we want to play the Gruenfeld, mark the move 3...d5 to make it part of the repertoire.

There are two buttons to mark the moves:

Both buttons save the lines which end with the marked move as part of the repertoire. Here, "Important For Me" means that this move is considered to be a bit more important in the hierarchy of variation.

Now the repertoire looks as follows:

All moves are saved in the repertoire and the next time I choose "Load Black" these moves will be loaded.


  • It is not necessary to mark each and every move. The marked move and the line that leads to this move are included into the repertoire.
  • However, it is useful to mark important positions — e.g. 3...d5 in the example above — and to start from here to take a look at possible lines.
  • If you mark moves by Black these moves and the lines leading to them are only saved in your repertoire with Black.
Saving in the cloud

The repertoire is saved in the ChessBase Cloud which allows you to continue the work on the opening repertoire anytime at another computer or in the ChessBase Openings app. This way, the repertoire in the ChessBase Openings app is always identical with the repertoire in Fritz 17. For this, it is important to log in with your username when you start Fritz 17 — and, of course, to have an internet connection.

Entering the moves (with a book or a printed article as source)

As an example I manually enter a line against White's 4.♗g5 in the Gruenfeld Indian. After entering the crucial moves, something like the following will soon appear on the screen:

Entering text (double-click on the move or Ctrl+A) can be useful to specify the evaluations of the final positions or to describe important ideas.

If you have questions or suggestions for other tutorials, please do not hesitate to e-mail me:

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jlgtsch jlgtsch 12/24/2019 01:13
@Martin_Fischer - thank you! great news. It's good to have chessbase staff around in this comment section. Ever thought about a user forum for chessbase products (e. g., Fritz)? Because of the discussion in this comment section, I did not have to bother the support (and maybe other users as well).
Martin_Fischer Martin_Fischer 12/12/2019 10:17
@ jlgtsch:
The issue mentioned is a bug. We have not detected it, as the use of the toolbar is more convenient and no one here has used the menu. With the next update the bug will be corrected.
jlgtsch jlgtsch 12/11/2019 05:40
Thank you, vdragan, for this workaround. I had the same issue (Fritz 17.5), and your solution helped.
@chessbase: Is this "by design" or "a bug", that the repertoire is not saved if I use the menu (right click) and not the button to delete a variation?
vdragan vdragan 12/11/2019 06:17
I have found the problem. Lets say you have variation that you want to delete. Right click on variation and then select variation will delete from current notation window, but will reload upon "Load Black" or "Load White". That will happen even after Upload to My Moves. However, when using "toolbar" at the bottom of notation window to clear marks and delete variations, program will actually delete it from My Moves. At least that worked for me.
In short, do not use menu on right click, but toolbar.
Hope this helps!!!
Martin_Fischer Martin_Fischer 12/9/2019 10:50
Let me answer a few questions:

Deleting variations:

I was not able to reproduce the mistake when deleting variations. I have openedn and uploaded "My Moves" and used the button "Delete Variation" and the variation disappeared from the screen as well as from my opening repertoire. I am using Fritz 17.5, so make sure you have updated. In the case this will not work you may us the button "Upload To My Moves" after deleting the variations.

Delete the complete repertoire:

If you want to delete your complete Repertoire you have to go back to the starting Position and use "Delete Rest". It might be necessary to repeat this, as sometimes not all variations will be deleted. To be sure that everything is deleted use "Upload To My MOves" when finished.

ChessBase 15 - files:

If you want to implement your ChessBase 15 - files in your repeertoire, you kight do this by open the files and then using "Upload to My Moves". But Maybe it is easier to simply check them by using the feature "Free Drill".


As powerbooks (.ctg) are no databases it is not possible to upload them in your Repertoire automatic. But you might fall back to the database which you have used to create the powerbook and using "Upload to My Moves".

By the way: It is not necessary to mark every move to get it in the Repertoire. If you mark a later move all earlier moves of the Variation will be part of your repertoire.
chessexpertfrank chessexpertfrank 12/8/2019 11:23
@pilyram and @vdragan I unmarked the moves and deleted but they still show up in my repertoire. Chessbase can you please make a button that we can click that says delete this line from your repertoire and it totally takes it out?
pilryam pilryam 12/8/2019 03:35
@vdragan I had the same problem. You have to unmark all moves in the line you want to delete. After you reload your repertoire in My Moves tab that line should be gone. The delete line button does not remove the line from My Moves but only from the annotations tab.
the druge the druge 12/7/2019 01:24
I was already using the online app for my repertoire and it's great to see it incorporated into Fritz 17. I am confused, however, by how this links to marking repertoire databases in Chessbase 15. It would be really useful to add a fourth part explaining how these fit together (assuming that they do!)
vdragan vdragan 12/7/2019 12:30
I was actually playing with it for a little bit and could not delete lines. Is that some weird glitch on my side or you cannot delete moves from MyMoves?
psilocybin psilocybin 12/6/2019 11:59
I have created opening books (.ctg format) that I use with Fritz to have engines play with my repertoire against other engines. Is there any way to import these .ctg files into Fritz opening repertoire format?