MEGA DATABASE 2005 (DVD)
Mega 2005 is our flagship database of exclusive annotated material. It contains more than 2.9 millions games from 1530 to 2004 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 57,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest top-class annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2004. Mega 2005 also features a new edition of the playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. As the player index now contains already more than 183,000 entries, it made sense to use an adapted playerbase which includes about 179,000 names. Doing this, the photo database was extended as well to contain 22,700 pictures now.
Systems requirements: ChessBase 9, ChessBase 8.0, ChessBase 7.0, Fritz7, Fritz 8.
 

Mega 2005 is our flagship database of exclusive annotated material. It contains more than 2.9 millions games from 1530 to 2004 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 57,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest top-class annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2004. Mega 2005 also features a new edition of the playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. As the player index now contains already more than 183,000 entries, it made sense to use an adapted playerbase which includes about 179,000 names. Doing this, the photo database was extended as well to contain 22,700 photos.

The games of Mega 2005 range from the years 1530 to 2004, the most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2004. The opening classification contains more than 91,000 key positions, and the database gives you direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes and endgames.
 

Mega 2005 also features a new edition of Playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. The player index now contains more than 179,000 entries, and the database of pictures has more than 22,700 photos now.

The ChessBase Mega database allows you to perform extraordinary one-click searches, like "Player dossier" (finding out all about a specific opponent) or "Openings report" (finding out all the games, moves and plans in a specific opening).

Big Database 2005 contains the same games as Mega 2005 but without the annotations and without the Players Encyclopedia.

Installation

When you insert the Mega 2005 DVD it will be automatically displayed in the database window. You can access the games straight away, but it is of course better to copy the games onto your hard disk for permanent, super-fast access.

To install the database click the database icon and then use Install Database from CD in the File Install menu. The files will automatically be copied to your hard disk. It requires 545 MB (572,128,311 bytes) of disk space.

Mega Database 2003 will appear as an icon in your "My Databases" window. Right-click the icon and select "Properties"

You should make Mega 2004 your "Reference database". This means that all one-click questions ("has this position occurred before?", "tell me everything about this player") are answered using Mega 2004 as the reference.

Installing Playbase

Also included on the Mega 2003 DVD package is a completely new edition of the Players Encyclopedia. The player index has grown to over 179,000 entries, the photo archive of 22,700 pictures.

To install the CD on your hard disk use File Install Player Encyclopedia (as show above). The files can be located anywhere on your hard disk, but a good place to put them is \My Doucments\ChessBase\. The installation program will create a directory called PlayBase for the files and copy them there.

Note that the Players Encyclopedia contains more than 17,900 files with a total size of 310 MB. Copying so many individual files can take a fair amount of time.

Once you have the encyclopedia installed you have many different options. For instance when you load a game pictures of the players, if available, are displayed (switch on Window Panes Photos or press Ctrl-Alt-P to switch this function on). You can also perform extraordinary one-click searches, like "Player dossier" (finding out all about a specific opponent).

ChessBase quality standard

The editorial standards applied to the Mega database are very high. Each game must have the correct moves as they were actually played, and any errors that are brought to our attention are immediately corrected to maintain the highest possible standard. The game header information, which consists of player names, event names and places, tournament dates and types, as well as Elo ratings and many other details, is also carefully checked for errors and inconsistencies.

We are sometimes asked why we include obviously incomplete games with just a few moves (or none at all), since they have no chess value at all. This is true, but their inclusion of games for which the moves are not available is necessary if you want to be able to generate complete and accurate tournament crosstables.

Indexes

The Big and Mega Databases 2004 are highly indexed to give you very fast access to the material. You can reach the individual indexes by clicking on the tabs at the top of the list.

For instance you can look for a tournament by year, or a player in the alphabetical index, or all the games annotated by a specific expert.

If you click on a tournament in the tournament list and then the cross table icon (or press "T") a full cross table of the tournament is generated. Double-clicking a result in the table will load the specific game for replay. This is a fast and pleasant way to get an overview of what happened in the tournament.


There are 242 games annotated by Vishy Anand in Mega 2004

The ChessBase Openings Index is of course famous. It is based on the BigKey classification system which uses almost 92,000 positions to accurately classify each opening and to catch all possible transpositions.


Endgame classification of the Mega 2003 database

This key and the positions file are included on the CD. There is a general theme classificaltion as well as tactics, strategy and endgame keys.

Review by Steve Lopez