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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
ADMIN, pls move this to the correct subforum, "OTHER".
The Video Uploader does not appear to permit this directly.

If there are comments expressing interest, i will do another video on SCID.

The programmer is now accepting donations:
http://scid.sourceforge.net/

A big tip: keep ur database files de-fragmented. :bom:

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
Awesome presentation! I have used SCID for longer than you yet I don't know half the stuff that you do (guess I got spoiled with chessbase). Now that you have shown how to clean up databases and add game references and how some of the filters work, I am going to dig into it this weekend.

Does SCID work with endgame tablebases?

I still prefer the look and feel of chessbase, but I have to admit that the functionality of SCID is, IMO, superior - but there's a bigger learning curve, but I hope this weekend will prove well worth it. Have to d/l the new version - on the last computer crash I didn't reload it at all :roll:

BTW, yes folks, this program runs A LOT FASTER when you aren't making a video of it in operation. The speed of SCID is amazing.

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
Yes, you can load endgame tablebases into scid using options-->tablebase directory. Another thing that is good to do, is after you make your main DB, to go file and select read-only, so you don't accidentally mess it up (first hand experience on that one!)

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
Hehe... are you two going to be my tech support this weekend?

Thanks for the tips. Guess I'll have a lot of reading and tinkering to do.

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
I love scid, I'm going to watch this later!


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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
opensource rulez :)


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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
Hey katar,

That was a great video! I have a (legal) copy of chessbase that I've been very unimpressed with -- quite possibly because it doesn't come with decent instructions on how to use it. Obviously SCID doesn't have that problem -- now! :D I'll go download it when I have time to mess with it.

BTW, how did you go about acquiring your Mill Base games?

L8erz...
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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
Mill Base is trimmed down from the "Million Base 1.74" here
http://www.top-5000.nl/pgn.htm

and updated with TWIC archives.

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
katar, excellent excellent video!!

Are you planning on doing any more? Your timing was fantastic, for me that is, as my laptop just crashed on me last week. Fortunately, I had most of my database backed up. However, when I started using Chess Base I downloaded the 2007 CB Light version. Today, when I downloaded CB Light it was the 2009 version and my activation key wouldn't work. I tried downloading the '07 version, but got an error msg saying the installer had expired.... So, I sent an email off to the CB folks - we'll see.....

I'm interested in SCID, but NOT relishing the thought of a new learning curve. But then again, it sounds like there are at least a few other people on this site using it so maybe the "tech support" would be better than with Chessbase....

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
Well, it is about 400 dollars cheaper than chessbase :D

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
JWhis wrote:
Well, it is about 400 dollars cheaper than chessbase :D


JWhis, actually, you can download CBLight for free, but it does take 50 Euros (what is that these days, $75) to activate.

I got my email response this morning and was told that since my purchase was fairly recent, they would let me upgrade to the '09 version for 30 Euros (~$50). I thought of one thing since my last post - w/ CB Light you get on-line access to their Master Database. So, even though you don't actually have all 4.5M games or whatever the count is now, you have access to it and I found it to not be that big of a deal to search it for the various positions I was looking for when studying an opening and add them to my database.

So here is my question: Are those games available somewhere on the internet for free? For example, suppose I wanted to learn the <random opening> and in studying it I wanted to look up all the games in the past that have been played in a particular line. Is there an easy way to download those? It might be worth the $50 to have access to them....

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
studentofchess wrote:
So here is my question: Are those games available somewhere on the internet for free? For example, suppose I wanted to learn the <random opening> and in studying it I wanted to look up all the games in the past that have been played in a particular line. Is there an easy way to download those? It might be worth the $50 to have access to them....

Yes, yes, everything is free, comrade. As i mentioned above:

Mill Base is trimmed down from the "Million Base 1.74" here
http://www.top-5000.nl/pgn.htm

and updated with TWIC archives.

I also want to mention FIREBIRD which is the communist sputnik alternative to capitalist engine :money: Rybka :pig: .
http://www.chesslogik.com/FireBird.htm

a truly glorious achievement of the Oktober Revolution and Decembrists movement. WORKERS UNITE! :rambo: :pirat:

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
IT"S TIME TO SIEZE THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION! :twisted:

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Post Re: katar - SCID Workshop 1 [38:11]
Thanks katar. I don't mind paying someone for their work mind you....but on the other hand, I get slightly offended when the choice of continuing on with an older version of a program is denied me and I am forced every couple years to pay in order to update.

Anyone else have any input on the pros/cons of SCID vs. Chessbase before I start the trek up that learning curve?

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