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What is Playchess.com ?
Playchess is a commercial Internet chess server managed by ChessBase devoted to the play and discussion of chess and chess variants. As of February 2011, Playchess has over 31,000 players online, including many internationally titled players who remain pseudo-anonymous and other masters whose identities are known, such as Hikaru Nakamura, Nigel Short and Michael Adams.
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ChessBase provides the proprietary Playchess software, which is included with popular computer chess software like Fritz, Junior or Shredder. With the purchase of any of these playing programs, customers get one-year of access to the server. Alternately, users may download the client software, a pared down version of the Fritz GUI. New users may try the server for a short period of time before access requires a serial number. Guests may always log in for free, but have limited access. The software has functions to try to detect players using the assistance of chess programs (mainly by task switching). This is a competitor to other commercial servers, such as Internet Chess Club (ICC), World Chess Live (WCL) and the non-commercial Free Internet Chess Server (FICS).
Playchess uses an internal currency called Ducats which can be used to purchase services (chess courses, lectures and interviews). Ducats can be purchased online with a credit card and with PayPal. The current rate is 1 Ducat = €0.10 (excluding VAT)
What is Chessbase?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
ChessBase GmbH is a German company that markets chess software, maintains a chess news site, and operates servers for online chess. Founded in 1986, it maintains and sells massive databases, containing most historic games, that permit analysis that had not been possible prior to computing. Databases organise data from prior games; engines provide analyses of games and perfect play in some endgames.
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The company is located in Hamburg, Germany. ChessBaseUSA markets their products in the United States, and some products are released in partnership with Viva Media (USA).
Image of ChessBase 8.0 running under Windows XP (year 2008).
The company hosts an extensive online database. As of 12 November 2017, this contained 7.8 million games. This online database can be accessed directly through their database programs. (As of 28 August 2010, this contained 5.2 million games)
It used to be possible to utilise the functionality of this database from Chessbase's Pocket Fritz 2, which runs on PDAs, but some of this functionality was reduced in early 2006. ChessBase is also the name of a popular commercial database program produced by the company for storing and searching records of games of chess. The first version was built for Garry Kasparov under Atari ST in January 1987 and later for Microsoft Windows. ChessBase uses a proprietary format for storing games (CBV), but can also handle games in portable game notation (PGN). The proprietary format uses less hard drive space and manages information that is not possible in PGN. The software converts files from PGN to ChessBase format, or from ChessBase to PGN.
The program permits searches for games, and positions in games, based on player names, openings, some tactical and strategic motifs, material imbalance, and features of the position. The ChessBase database software integrates chess analysis engines, such as Fritz, Junior, Shredder (all Chessbase products), and several non-commercial engines, including Crafty written by Professor Robert Hyatt, Comet, and Anaconda.
The current version of the ChessBase program is ChessBase 14.
The last version of ChessBase to use the old style (pre "ribbon") interface is ChessBase 10. ChessBase 11 adopted the ribbon interface. The last update to ChessBase 10 was Service Pack 6 ('SP6'), dated December 19, 2011. As of September 2014, it could still be downloaded at the following url: http://www.fritzload.com/updates/c10_sp6.exe