35 ( +1 | -1 ) where can i download large amounts of games?recently i've just being downloading games from major tournaments such as linares and all those other super gm events im wandering where i can download large amounts of games preferably by players of 2100+ it doesn't matter if they're not annoted does anyone know such a site where i can download say 10 000 games?
24 ( +1 | -1 ) yes but aren't game collections this large usually of a very low standard with lots of internet games and just missing a lot of information, im not really after a game collection that big anyway it'll take me to long to download.
19 ( +1 | -1 ) Pebbles, the files at the site you mentioned are *.cbv files. My chessmaster 9000, however, only seems to be able to load PGN files. Do I need an extra software to load these games?
123 ( +1 | -1 ) Chessbaseh86m, you need Chessbase or a database program capable of reading the chessbase format.
There exists a free version of Chessbase, Chessbase Light, which can read files with up to 8000 games (the file 2600.zip was tailored for such users, while from the file 2500.zip only the first 8000 games will be visible).
Perhaps your program chessmaster 9000 can import and read such files (it should!), but I am not sure.
There are many other programs, which are freely downloadable from the internet, which can read these files, for instance the database programs Bluepaul, Chess Assistant demo, Scid (recommended by many). Also, many chessplaying programs, and even e-mail chess utilities, should have no problems with such files.
Finally you might want to use a cbv-to-pgn converter; there is one here:
It is called cb2pgn.zip; there's also a lot of other stuff on that page, which might be useful to you.
6 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks pebbles! I'll take a look at the link you gave.
68 ( +1 | -1 ) HmmmmI think many of the software above won't work...
CBV format is a compressed ChessBase format (the usable database is a bunch of at least 7 files, the main one being a *.CBH) which is even less supported than the .CBH one; this in turns is a proprietary format for which documentation is not easily available... to my knowledge only a few commercial software, apart from those by ChessBase, can open it
ChessMaster can't open it, Scid and Bluepad neither, while cb2pgn, if i recall correctly, can handle *old* chessbase format (.CBF), not this new one used by CB6 and above.
If you need more than 8000 games, your best bet is the Chess Assistant Demo, it surely support CBH, i don't know about .CBV...