Thursday, January 10, 2008

Biting The Bullet

So I finally decided to order Chessbase 9. I went with the Mega package. It’s expensive, but hey, I gotta get rid of all that loose change I find in my couch somehow…

Now I’m all excited, feels like Christmas all over…can’t wait for the package to come. I was told that since the package ships with the Mega Database 2007, it will also include a voucher to upgrade to the newly released Mega Database 2008. Not quite sure yet whether I’ll have to send the voucher all the way to the Chessbase folks in Germany and wait for them to mail me the disc… I hope their US distributor will accept the voucher. Anybody have any experience with that?

Anyways, I’m sure this software will make me a GM in no time. It just has to…

On a more realistic note, I really look forward to working with it. My expectation is that it will bring more discipline to the process of annotating my own games, and that it will be super useful in many other areas. Can’t wait to work with the opening reports. Maybe I’ll even start to get more serious about correspondence chess?

I’m also excited about the Nalimov tablebases that come with the package. Although I’ll have to install them on my external hard drive because they take up 43GB of space… I hope with a firewire connection access times won’t be much of a problem.

Ahhh life’s good… now all I need is more spare time.

10 comments:

PeteyDaddy said...

Cool! I wish that program ran on OS X.

Hey - I'm trying to get enough games in on ICC so that I can join the team. It's going to be real close, but I'm hoping to play a buttload of chess this weekend.

tcoem said...

I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it. I do. ;)

samuraipawn said...

Me wants it! Could you arrange a kidnapping of my wife's Mac so that we will be forced to get a PC?

Chessaholic said...

Petey - good luck, really hope you can get all the games in. If necessary, just play a bunch of 15 0 games.

TCOEM - I might ping you for some tips & tricks as I'm sure you already know a lot about the software :)

samurai - lol... I'll see what I can do, but she might replace her kidnapped mac with a newer and shinier mac ;)

Polly said...

sam: If your wife has one of the newer Macs with the Intel processor you can put Parallels or Bootcamp on and run Windows. I have Parallels on mt Mac laptop and have no problems running my CB9 and Fritz 10.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to buy PCT from their web site, but it doesn't work. They've got an error in their code. I've sent them an e-mail about it, but they haven't responded. aarrrghh. I want to get started and I have to wait until they fix it. Anybody else trying to download it?

Chessaholic said...

anonymous:

I had no problems downloading the software a few months back.

I think they listed an email address on their website in the past that they responded to quickly, but I can't seem to find it looking at their site right now...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for checking into it Chessaholic. Still a problem. Sigh. I sent my e-mail to them on Friday. Hopefully they'll respond and fix the situation tomorrow. Over the weekend I've been going through Bain & the Susan Polgar tactics book. I have a long way to go tactically.

drunknknite said...

Yo, just checking in but it looks like you're having a lot of fun since you haven't posted. :)

Chessaholic said...

drunknknite: yup! work, partying, and chessbase have kept my from posting :) more meaningful posts to come soon though