Creating a ChessBase Tournament Database for Correspondence Chess

Creating a ChessBase Tournament Database for Correspondence Chess

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Upcoming Friday will be no blog, so it is today, Saturday and happy Chess Week to you all.

So, whats up today? I recently boldly decided to participate in the 2023 Electronic Knights Championship. With pairings happening swiftly, I realized it was the ideal moment to share my practical approach to effortlessly creating a crosstable using a ChessBase tournament database. I guide you through effectively managing your correspondence chess games and generating a comprehensive crosstable.

Correspondence chess demands strategic depth and meticulous planning. Without an official USCF game archive, players often take the responsibility of documenting their games.

Creating the Crosstable

While this doesn’t sound like a big deal, this is - again - one of ChessBase’s hidden and poorly documented features. Before you pull out your hair, here is the short “How to” version: For a practical example, let’s create my upcoming tournament database with crosstable. In this tournament, you play one game with each opponent for six games, 3 with White and 3 with Black. As indicated, you must send your first move as White to your opponents.

  • Player #1 sends first move to players 2, 4, 6
  • Player #2 sends first move to players 3, 5, 7
  • Player #3 sends first move to players 1, 4, 6
  • Player #4 sends first move to players 2, 5, 7
  • Player #5 sends first move to players 1, 3, 6
  • Player #6 sends first move to players 2, 4, 7
  • Player #7 sends first move to players 1, 3, 5

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# Name US Chess ID# Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Marc Siegel 11041680 2098                
2 Egbert Schroeer 30088451 2008                
3 John O’Brien 12455289 1973                
4 Patrick A. Walsh 12617017 1962                
5 Tom Castle 12810546 1399                
6 Joshua Miller 31219806 UNR                
7 Eric Moskow 31368678 UNR                

To get started, follow these quick steps:

  1. Create a new database in ChessBase.
  2. Open the database and click on “File.”
  3. Select “Tournament Template.”
  4. Enter the number of players and their names.

Crosstable

  1. Provide the tournament details, such as "USCF 23EN11 - 2023 Electronic Knights."
  2. Don't forget to check the box at *Corr. Chess*

And - eh voila - with hitting the Crosstable icon and

Crosstable

Here we have our database and this nice crosstable in ChessBase:

Crosstable

Now one of the great features is that if you have the player database installed, all players in Metadatabase get automatically assigned. Those in ChessBase own Correspondence database, unfortunately not.

And another excellent function with one click, you get the table to the clipboard in ASCII format. Like this, with one click.

USCF 23EN11 - 2023 Electronic Knights 2023

  Name Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Siegel, Marc 2098 *             0.0/0
2 Schroeer, Egbert 2008   *           0.0/0
3 O’Brien, John 1973     *         0.0/0
4 Walsh, Patrick A. 1962       *       0.0/0
5 Castle, Tom 1399         *     0.0/0
6 Moscow, Eric xxxx           *   0.0/0
7 Miller, Joshua xxxx             * 0.0/0

And with the players identified you can check them and prepare yourself to play against your oponents.

I have updated the Road to ELO 200 blog with some more details and guidance. Check it out

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