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  1. 12 Sep '07 12:18 / 2 edits
    Hi all, its the "noob" again,

    I have chessmaster ten for offline chess, I dont really use offline chess much but I wanted one (preferably free) that I could play but more importantly store games on from here, other sites, etc for study offline,is this possible at all?
    If so could you recommend a good chess database that does this.
    Thank you.

    EDIT
    I realise how bad that sounds now, I DONT mean for the purpose of getting a computer to play for me, just a place to store all my games so I can look at them when I choose.
  2. 12 Sep '07 13:50
    Originally posted by Pigface1
    Hi all, its the "noob" again,

    I have chessmaster ten for offline chess, I dont really use offline chess much but I wanted one (preferably free) that I could play but more importantly store games on from here, other sites, etc for study offline,is this possible at all?
    If so could you recommend a good chess database that does this.
    Thank you.

    EDIT
    I ...[text shortened]... mputer to play for me, just a place to store all my games so I can look at them when I choose.
    It is possible. Chessbase light is free but will only holds a max of (I believe) 10,000 games. There are some other ones out there, but I'm not familiar with them (I shelled out for Chessbase 9).
  3. 12 Sep '07 14:13 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Pigface1
    Hi all, its the "noob" again,

    I have chessmaster ten for offline chess, I dont really use offline chess much but I wanted one (preferably free) that I could play but more importantly store games on from here, other sites, etc for study offline,is this possible at all?
    If so could you recommend a good chess database that does this.
    Thank you.

    EDIT
    I ...[text shortened]... mputer to play for me, just a place to store all my games so I can look at them when I choose.
    Sure, it's possible to study your games offline. If you go to one of your completed games here, you'll notice an option for getting the PGN of the game. Just copy and paste the PGN data to a text file on your PC, or add it to an existing PGN file on your PC. (A PGN file is just a text file with a .pgn file extension.)

    Any chess database program or chess playing program that can import PGN files will work for studying the games. I don't know if CM10 can do this, since I don't have CM and the CM web site doesn't mention details like this. But it should be easy for you to find out from the CM help info.

    Arena is a good, free chess playing graphical user interface that can be used with many free chess engines. If you choose to try Arena, I'd download the stable Version 1.1 (either setup 1, 3, or 8 will do). (Go to the Arena Downloads section.)

    http://www.playwitharena.com/

    You can buy a chess database program like Chessbase or Chess Assistant, but there are also some free ones around. Two good free chess database programs are ChessDB and Scid. These two are very similar, since one is an offshoot of the other. There are minor differences between the two. I haven't kept up with the details of these two programs, but I think Scid is the more popular one. There may have been a recent thread discussing this issue in more detail. I think these two database programs come with an analysis engine built in. (If I'm wrong on any of my information, I'm sure the other guys here will quickly let me know. )

    http://prolinux.free.fr/scid/

    http://chessdb.sourceforge.net/
  4. 12 Sep '07 15:00
    Thank you both for your replies, I shall look into these.
  5. 12 Sep '07 16:16
    One more question, I have chosen arena 1.1, how do I save a PNG from here to a file that can be read by arena, I tried saving to a text file but of course thats not a PNG file so arena doesnt recognise,.... how do I create a blank PNG file to paste my game info into?
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    12 Sep '07 16:21 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Pigface1
    One more question, I have chosen arena 1.1, how do I save a PNG from here to a file that can be read by arena, I tried saving to a text file but of course thats not a PNG file so arena doesnt recognise,.... how do I create a blank PNG file to paste my game info into?
    Rename the .txt file to .pgn. Or just open the text file in notepad, and save as .pgn.

    Chesspad is the mutt's... http://www.wmlsoftware.com/chesspad.html

    [EDIT] PGN, not PNG!

    D
  7. 12 Sep '07 16:36 / 1 edit
    Thank you, and sorry yes PGN not PNG

    Thanks for the link too, most useful.
  8. 13 Sep '07 00:51 / 4 edits
    SCID is the database program I use and love.

    There's a discussion of it here: Thread 67193

    Unlike some of the crippled freeware versions of commercial programs out there, SCID has no limits on the number of games it can store. I have over 3 million games stored in my own database. Plus, SCID runs not only on Windows, but on Linux as well; which is essential for me, as I only use the latter.