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Chess Databases,
an organized collection of chess games to perform selects, updates, inserts and deletes of games through a query language or data manipulation language, most often implemented as dialogue oriented user interface of a backend. Data and query results of chess databases are typically organized as list of games, or as tree of positions which nodes index the games. They usually consist of multiple related computer files keeping header information, annotations, moves, classifiers such as opening keys à la ECO or NIC-Key, hashes and indices for fast retrieval, quite similar to ISAM.

Commercial Chess Databases

Free Chess Databases

Scid on the Go
Scid vs. PC

See also

PGN Collections


Forum Posts

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External Links

Online Lookup

Games & Opening



  1. Grue - the XML Boosted Chess Database
  2. Karsten Bauermeister (1997). Seiner Zeit voraus: Intelligent Chess - der erste Schachcomputer mit eingebauter Datenbank. Computerschach und Spiele (German)
  3. GitHub - noobpwnftw/chessdb: ChessDB
  4. Introducing the online ChessBase database by Albert Silver, ChessBase News, January 17, 2014
  5. Chess databases from online servers by Yolin Bardan, CCC, November 09, 2017

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