ChessBase 12

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Automatic update of the player encyclopedia ...


Use of cloud engines with the Engine Cloud server. The engines can be your own, or they can be rented from other users.


Access to the Live Book ...


Game analysis with Let's Check ...


New simplified search functions for similar endgames, middle game structures or manoeuvres ...


Compare games by the same players with a single mouse click ...


New analysis functions  --> Deep Analysis and Cloud Analysis ...


Fast switching of the database for the "Reference" in the board window ...


Intelligent search field for the online database ...


Simple publication of games in the Internet ...


New improved dialog for selecting engines including access to cloud engines ...


Fast display of a game in the preview board ...


Tournament index with text search ...


Selectable database symbols and direct access of the contents of a DVD ...


Updated Chess Media System ...


Support of Gaviota endgame tablebases ...


Automatic update - Updates are offered actively by the program ...


32 and 64 bit versions. On computers with a lot of memory (> 4 GB) databases can be stored in memory, which makes the searches faster.


Larger database symbols for high resolutions ...


Direct access of DVD contents with a single click ...


After visiting the chess server either the database of the kibitzed games or the games that have been played is in the direct list.


Improved wood textures for the board. The textures Teak, Babinga, Pine and Worn have been updated.



ChessBase uses the toolbar format of Microsoft Office. All important functions can be accessed by mouse click.


In the board window the online database is used to display openings novelties.


You can try out moves in the board window. If you move a piece without releasing the mouse button the best replies for the opponent are displayed with green arrows. This is also possible while a chess engine is running.


Immediate access to the repertoire database from the board window.


Access to the last games loaded directly from the board window. Direct access to the current database possible.


Display of the creation time of a database.


Layout of the reference search and the online database adapts itself automatically to the size and shape of the window.


New database symbols and easier access to the local network.


Rarely used database symbols are removed from the “My Databases” display if they have not been used for several months.


Databases can either be sent to the Windows trash can or physically deleted from the hard drive.


In the database window there is a small preview board. By using the cursor keys it is possible to view the games in a database without opening a separate board window.


Direct search of games list, for example for players.


One-click publishing of games in the Internet. You do not need your own web site to publish a game in the Internet.


Direct display of strong games, i.e. games played by players with high ratings.


Display of hot variations in the openings reference.


Easy dialog for the reference database update subscription.


Creation of EBooks in the formats epub and mobi (for Amazon Kindle).


Automatic creation of a repertoire database. Improved method of importing games into a repertoire database.


Database clusters. The program “clusters” common openings and generates variation trees.


Piece positions are updated more quickly by using Direct X.


The openings report has been completely rewritten. It runs noticeably faster, and the reference view has been integrated.


Display of novelties. Unlike the earlier program versions ChessBase 11 no longer uses the locally installed reference database, but only the fast, always up to date online database for searches. This gives you an immediate overview of current trends in openings theory.


Compact file format *cbone. Databases are stored in a single file. This is ideal for backup files and for sending databases.


The processing of training questions in the board window has been completely rewritten, and now jumps straight to the next question or game.


New design and full compatibility with Windows Vista and Windows 7.


High resolution pieces and symbols.



Important Functions


In the list views additional information is displayed by “tooltips”.


Indexes for players, tournaments, annotators, sources and teams.


Fast search via a command line in the player, tournament, annotator, source or team index.


The display and handling of openings keys has been rewritten and now has the same format as the Windows Explorer.


Automatic openings reference in the board window with a display of all moves and games in the online database in which the current board position is found.


Improved move input with "Heumas", the HEUristic Move ASsistant.


Game History protocols all of the user’s chess activities.


Natural 3D board display in the board window.


Graphic display of threats on the chess board.


Extended search functions, e.g. searching for a specific number of pieces of the games that a player won.


Support of the Chess Media System for presenting training videos with a synchronised chess board.


Deleting and replacing games within PGN databases is now implemented.


Complete support of the DGT board for the fast input of game notation.


New notation view with the score sheet. Printing of the score sheet is possible.


Sorting of lines in the variation dialog.


Integrated client for the chess server


Mirroring of board setups is possible.


Configuration of the Windows clipboard for using PGN files.


Drag & Drop implemented in all list views.


Optional display of the material available in all game lists.


Saving game notation with Drag & Drop or Copy/Paste now possible for every database.


Input window for text commentary can be resized. The last size and position are saved.


Announcing of moves and board sounds via the computer speakers is supported.


Changing of tournament, source, annotator or team indexes is possible for groups of games.


Elo values can be deleted for selected games.


User-defined “hot keys” are available for all functions.


Improved display with different options for training questions.


Improved overview with the display of a game in several small diagrams.


All backup copies (archives) are displayed in the database explorer and in the file dialog.


Text input available for correspondence chess notation.


Information about correspondence chess handling is displayed in the game lists.


Tournament templates contain correspondence chess options, such as time controls.


Improved correspondence chess management for printing, mailing, holidays, etc.


Support of very large databases (bigger than 4 GB).


Complete support of the UCI protocol for connecting UCI chess engines.


Engine parameters configurable for saving individual settings.


Support of the Nalimov endgame databases (tablebases) with an improved configuration dialog.


In the multi-line mode there is a display of the continuations that have changed at a certain search depth.


Improved graphics, e.g. transparent arrows on the chess board.


In game lists and game notation the font option “Clear Type” is supported.


Improved handling of Outlook for sending games by email.


New ChessBase databases can be created with Windows Explorer.