We proudly announce: ChessBase 14 is now available

11/16/2016 – It's yet another big step forward in chess study: our latest database program, already the standard for world class players and rank amateurs alike, has received a substantial upgrade. Here for your information are the main features that will change the way you look at chess. For instance "Assisted Analysis" which gives you tactical hints while you are entering moves during analysis. You will not want to miss these new functions.

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ChessBase 14 – a guide to main new functions

Assisted Analysis

Click a piece and its target squares will light up in a color related to the strength of the move to that square. Green moves are strong, yellow moves are mediocre, red moves are mistakes, blue moves are book moves, and black moves are mating.

Assisted Analysis is a new approach to interactive chess analysis:

  • You get information about all possible moves of a piece at one glance.
  • No need to avert your eyes from the board and no need to process numbers and moves – you just look at the pieces.
  • No hassle with creating and deleting trial-and-error variations in the game notation.
  • Your chess cognition is constantly challenged, because you ask yourself questions like “Why is this natural square for my knight marked red?” Sometimes the answer can be deep and lead to insights which you would not stumbled across with conventional engine output. Compare this to the mental passivity of simply entering engine lines.

Tactical Analysis

Tactical Analysis is the most comprehensive full game analysis available today. It annotates games by looking at:

  • opening theory;
  • strong moves, combinations, sacrifices and double attacks;
  • mistakes, blunders and critical turning points;
  • weak moves that were not played in the game (Why can’t I take this?), often leading to tactical refutations;
  • threats and attack motives;
  • defensive ideas;
  • initiative;
  • attack;
  • manoeuvres and piece placement;
  • compensation;
  • endgame classification;
  • illogical game results.

Games are annotated with variations, natural language text, chess annotation symbols and diagrams.

  • For a loaded game use the Tab "Analysis" and click Tactical Analysis.
  • To annotate games in a database, select them in the games list with Ctrl (or Shift) Click, then right-click and select "Tactical Analysis".
  • To annotate a whole database, select all games with Ctrl-A, then right-click and select "Tactical Analysis".

A note about thinking times. On a very fast modern computer you can get away with 0 or 1 seconds per move (0 seconds will be 500ms per move, which is an eternity for a modern chess engine). To be on the safe side, we recommend five seconds per move. For a single game you can of course go much higher, but in general fast searches will already yield interesting results.

Game Input Mode

CBase 14 can be switched to a special “Game Input Mode”. There are differences in behavior:

  • Assisted Analysis is switched off
  • The variation dialog always appears
  • A new modeless dialog for thinking time input is available
  • The program keeps more tournament information after “New Game”

Color coded variations in notation

In more densely annotated games, like opening analysis, the structure of variations can quickly become difficult to read. ChessBase 14 gives you instant orientation in in deep variations by marking the current variation and its siblings in equivalent colors. Also you immediately recognize all alternative moves in the same hierarchy level, because they have the same color.

Diagrams in notation – improved display of training questions

A diagram is a powerful annotation device. It strongly emphasizes an interesting position in a game. Diagrams can now be embedded in the game notation. Click the diagram symbol in the annotation toolbar to toggle a diagram.

With diagrams, the training questions are now handled much smoother: a training question consists of a diagram and clickable links for solution, as well as help embedded in the notation.

New convention for saving/replacing games

All previous ChessBase versions distinguished between saving games and replacing games. Saving in earlier versions meant to append a new version of the game at the end of a database list. Replacing changed the game itself without duplicating it. This is not equivalent to what people are used from other programs.

So from ChessBase 14 onwards, there is a radical change: “Saving” a game means replacing its existing version. However with “Save Game As”, you can append it to any database, with a shortcut to recently used databases. In connection with this, the database format has been optimized for very fast saving (=Replacing) games in huge databases like the Mega.

Cloud Clip – Recent Games

There is a new cloud database, called “Cloud Clip”. It automatically stores games from ChessBase.com, fritz.chessbase.com and tactics.chessbase.com if you are logged in with your ChessBase Account. This is especially useful for our news page: the instant you click on a game while reading an article on Chessbase.com, it is available in ChessBase 14. Just Alt-Tab the programs to work with it. No more downloads necessary.

What else?

  • Generalized log on to all CB Account functions

  • Look and speed of 3D boards significantly improved with DirectX 11 functionality

  • Save a search mask

  • Online database automatically updated when replaying a game

  • Push notifications for Mega Database updates

  • Export the diagram list as Word document to generate training material

  • Automatic analysis jobs from correspondence games

  • Annotated games in Online Database for premium users

  • Search for games with a minimum Elo difference between players (strong vs weak).

  • Quickly access the history database of this month's work

The perfect combination

If you install ChessBase 14 together with Powerbook 2017 and Mega Database 2017 on your notebook you will have the same basic equipment to keep up with chess theory as the World Champion.

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Qashqai Qashqai 11/22/2016 03:52
*Hitcher* You was correct with your opinion.
Wonderful Chessbase service support.
Thanks again Steffen.
From Thirteen.
mac_user mac_user 11/21/2016 11:44
it has been a well-known fact for quite a while that mac users have more disposable income to spend on stuff like this. i have no quarrel with you continuing with a windows version, but you are ignoring a significant (not in numbers perhaps, but probability of spending $ yes) fraction of the chess-playing population. i would buy your products in a heartbeat if offered on a mac. oh yes, before i forget, get rid of flash and come into the 21st century!
Tal2vb Tal2vb 11/19/2016 07:33
Well I have just received an email from Steffen Giehring, saying that if I place my order and then get back to them, they will adjust the purchase to reflect the 25% discount. Nothing happened just yet, but I will let you know if/when it is done.
Jessy Ortiz Jessy Ortiz 11/19/2016 12:35
CB14 comes with great user interface improvements. The board markers are an excellent tool for tactical training and can be used as a guide to help solve training positions (mate in x, win a piece). Previous versions didn't have enough features for beginners, intermediate and club level players. Now, there is something for everybody.

One suggestion for the programmers: The threat arrows are bright red for both sides. It would be an improvement if the side-to-move's arrow were a different shade of red as this would help to indicate which side has the move from a glance at the board.
MKP1151 MKP1151 11/18/2016 11:32
I recently purchased Fritz 15, which I like very much. I would be interested to learn what the main differences are between Fritz 15 and Chessbase 14, so I can determine whether or not I should also purchase CB14. Thank you.
MRJV MRJV 11/18/2016 05:07
looks like they have a lot todo atm,
after i got finally through via phone they where VERY helpful.
not sure how long it will take them to go through all the mails from that day
kenard kenard 11/18/2016 04:42
Chessbase should just offer the 25% discount again once their server is working again... :-)
Illingworth Illingworth 11/17/2016 09:04
It's worth mentioning that when I try to paste a game into ChessBase 14 with the Ctrl+V command, CB14 instantly closes.
Tal2vb Tal2vb 11/17/2016 07:38
It seems that they are not at all bothered with customer care. After all there is no competition is there?
MRJV MRJV 11/17/2016 07:01
still nothing...
i even called but no answer, :(
geraldsky geraldsky 11/17/2016 05:29
wow what a lovely programs!!
snits snits 11/17/2016 12:00
W0lfLarson: In the playchess app, go to the account tab, click the enter serial number button and enter the serial number you received for Chessbase 14. Doing that extended my premium subscription.
Mauro Marey Mauro Marey 11/16/2016 11:29
Acabo de mandar un mail, y ahora veo que mi caso es exactamente igual al de thirteen y MRJV. Espero una respuesta por mail. Gracias.
W0lfLarson W0lfLarson 11/16/2016 11:00
ohh and the auto reply was in german even thought the support was filled out in english. nice : / had to use google translate.
W0lfLarson W0lfLarson 11/16/2016 10:58
i got the discount but never got the six months premium access the package promised. still waiting for reply back from support. i went and bought a annual playchess premium cause i got tired of waiting. i still expect to get the six months though. especially the chessbase premium as i want to try out the cloud engine stuff
afiedito afiedito 11/16/2016 09:30
I had the same problem yesterday. I just download the cb14 today, however, I never got the 25% offer.
Tal2vb Tal2vb 11/16/2016 08:01
Same issues as 'thirteen and MRJV'
It was a full day before I finally got my confirmation email link, which was far too late for the 25% discount.
I have been waiting a few months to get CB14 rather than get the CB13.
MRJV MRJV 11/16/2016 07:11
same for me, i could not make an account, wrote an email to info@chessbase.com but no answere. i really hope they still give me the 25% since that was clearly not my fault but theirs.
schack schack 11/16/2016 06:52
Two questions:

1. How does the 'tactical analysis' feature compare with the game analysis functions in GUI15?

2. Are the changes to the database format in CB14 backward compatible? If I save something in 14 and then try to open / work with that database in 12/13, will I encounter any problems?
Hitcher Hitcher 11/16/2016 04:57
Dear Thirteen, please wait just a bit more. In my opinion the service of Chessbase is very good. You will defintely get your anwer.
thirteen thirteen 11/16/2016 04:43
Tried to purchase CB14 during the 25% offer day several times between 1800-2100hrs from England but had e-mail problems, including with the new customer password link, which I plain couldn't get to communicate with me. Tried to contact on info@chessbase.com to fix it, but received no reply then and I'm still waiting. Shame, as I had been very much looking forwards to and wanting this new database software for some months.