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ChessBase - Using chess engines

Updated: Jan 23

ChessBase allows you to use chess engine / engines when working with chess games - ChessBase calls them Kibitzer. For any move or position you can call the Kibitzer, which will evaluate the position, suggest a good or interesting continuation, or analyze the chess game noting the good and weak moves, suggesting what to play.

The longer the chess engine works, the more confident we can be in its evaluation. ChessBase allows you to install multiple chess engines and use one or more of them simultaneously.

ChessBase allow access to millions of already proven positions by other chess players using the Kibitzer.

If you find yourself in an interesting position and turn on the Kibitzer, you can immediately see the results that other chess players have obtained in the same position using different chess engines, The result is astounding. You can now quickly go through the key lines, observing not only what moves made, but also what the different Kibitzer - chess engines - calculated.

ChessBase has compiled all these Kibitzer evaluations into a separate book of openings called the Live Book. The result is a lively, fast-moving environment that helps chess players in their analysis, position evaluations which enables faster and more effective preparation for opponents and promotes learning and rapid progress in the art of chess.

This part of the course is prepared in Chessbase version 16 in such a way that the vast majority of this program's capabilities can be used in previous versions from 12 to 15.
(ChessBase 12 was released in 2012).

Depending on the version of ChessBase you are using dear reader, your program includes one to several Kibitzers that are integrated into ChessBase.

The very good news is that...

Each of the pre-built Kibitzers plays with a strength that surpasses even the playing strength of a World Chess Champion!

This means, that the results of position analysis and evaluation using any of the Kibitzers will be objective and at a very, very high level.

You can install additional engines, you can set the default engine as any of the installed ones, you can even rent some really powerful Kibitzers in the cloud.

How to use chess engines with ChessBase - that's what this part of the course is about.

Let's start with...



In the rest of this course, I will use the name: Kibitzer instead of chess engine.

To see a list of installed Kibitzers: - Open a any game and go to Home - Add Kibitzer

As you can see, I have added several additional Kibitzers to my list of chess engines.

Install Kibitzer

You can install any chess engine in ChessBase that uses the UCI (Universal Chess Interface) protocol.

Almost all modern, free and commercial chess engines support the UCI protocol.

To install new Kibitzers, download them, open any game or empty chessboard and click Home - Create UCI Engine.

A new window will open: Set up UCI Engine.

Click "..." button.

And in the next window indicate the chess engine to install. In this case it will be Colossus v2008b.exe.

Click on the Open button.