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.
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.)
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.