The Games screen
The database currently contains over 4 million high-quality
games, updated weekly, which can be replayed online and searched by a
variety of criteria. When the list is unfiltered, the games that appear are the most
important ones that occured recently.
To search by White and/or black player, start typing the first
letters of the player surname (or two letters followed by a comma). The system
will bring up a list of the matching players and the one needed can be selected. The system
matches games based on exact surname, or exact surname, comma, and exact forename.
You can also search by site and tournament (the system pattern matches based on at least 3
letters typed in these search fields). There is also available a Year and ECO code search.
Finally, there is a search field for the result desired.
These search criteria can obviously be combined together to drill down to a specific game.
A search by position can also be performed. Clicking on the "Set position" link in the search area
will bring up a window in which you can set up the position to search for. In this window, there are three
buttons. The "Clear" button clears the board from all pieces, while the "Game position" button will setup
the current game board position in this window. You can obviously click on the pieces below the set up board
and set any position. When you have set up the position you want to search for, click the "Done" button.
You will notice that the tick box next to the "Set position" link will be ticked and clicking "Search" now
will result in the system searching for the last position setup. Also to be noted is that if you are carrying out
a search by position, you cannot include game criteria (like White, Black, ECO, etc) and these fields will be disabled.
If you want to revert to searching by games criteria, just untick the "Set position" tick box.
The games in the games list can be viewed by clicking on the desired row. The list
shows the players and their ratings, ECO code, the year in which the game was
played, the result and the total number of moves. Hovering over the players in the list
with the mouse will reveal the tournament and site of the game in question.
Whenever the games are updated, the default games that appear are the highest rated games amongst
the ones that have just been uploaded.
The Studies screen
Here you can view through a variety of problems. To view the
solution of a particular problem, just click on the "Show Solution" link on the
Search panel. You can play through the moves and variations of the problems - variations are colour coded
for better readability and playability. You can search for problems by a particular composer, keywords, and
even by difficulty. Keywords can be separated by a semicolon (eg: "zugzwang;stalemate").
Registered ChessBites users can rate any problem once from
1-5. However, as an unregistered user, you can still search and solve problems.
You can navigate through the problems database by entering the search criteria
and clicking "Search next" or "Next Random" or by typing a problem number
directly at the top left hand side and clicking the "Go" button. In the latter
case, the search criteria entered will be ignored.
The Daily Puzzle
Here you will be presented with puzzles of varying difficulty, changed on a daily basis.
These puzzles are all taken from high quality tournament games. When you think you have found
the best move in the position, just click the link beneath the board and you will be taken to the
actual game where the position occurred.
The Position Explorer
From within any game position, clicking the button "Explore" underneath the board display will present
a screen with the moves played in that postion, together with statistics on white, black and draw percentages,
and the total games of each move for that position. This list can be sorted by clicking on the list headers for
White, Black, etc. You can easily navigate move by move through the moves played in any position.
If a particular position in the Position Explorer is of interest, you can click the button "Show all games with this postion"
and all the games in which the position in this window occured, will be displayed.
The moves and statistics of the Position Explorer are updated in real time with each games update.