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Download the Best Chess Games of the Week from TWIC

Every Monday The Week in Chess covers all the latest news and games from international chess. Download the zipped file of games in PGN or ChessBase (cbv is the modern format) format for reading off-line.

ChessDB has a facility to download recent chess games from The Week In Chess (TWIC) website. The web site publishes a new zip file each week with PGN files of recent games played by strong players. This feature is accessed from the Tools menuYou will be presented with the main window

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The program will download from some minimum number you specify, to some maximum. However, the maximum can be can be set to the latest release, if you tick the tickbox to automatically determine the last issue. The minimum must be specified manually for the first time you run this. The minimum issue currently on the TWIC web site is 210. Once this part of ChessDB has been used once, the last issue downloaded is stored, so next timeyou run it, the download will start from the last+1. The option to automatically determine the first issue to download is disabled when this is first run, since the program has no way of knowing what games you have already in your databases.

If you need to use an HTTP proxy server to access the internet, you can configure the proxy server under the Options->Download This windowalso allows you to configure the settings for downloads from ICC of FICS. menu.

(*) Links to individual .pgn files not working. I don't know if this is a permanent thing or not; they redirect and the site they redirect to doesn't have them in the specified location. Maybe they got taken down; @MrEdCollins were you able to download them?

I've downloaded TWIC from #400 up to update my CB BIG DB and recently discovered some other DBs I merged into the BIG DB from several online sites contain a fair amt of "GM draws" games so short as to be meaningless, duplicate games and "games" with no moves or corrupted files, So I've tried to "fix" my BIG DB by using tools to at least remove duplicate games as well as corrupted game files.

On the other hand, I recall that until very recently we all got along without DBs because there weren't any, so it's your call: You seem to be doing fine as it is from looking at your online rating. You could download SCID a free DB and try using it or seeing if it's worth the trouble of learning how to use it or not. I didn't know about until after I bought a used copy of CB 9 which I definitely am getting my money's worth out of or I would've tried it myself first.

I've never ever been able to find 1 to 209 in a pgn format. One of the large databases I downloaded awhile back claimed they were all there in that database, but I guess I had no way to know for sure.You can download 817-854 here, at my website. I compressed them just a moment ago and created that file for you, with the wonderful 7 zip utility. Let me know when you have it, so I can then delete the file from my server.

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I thing I noticed about Arena's database and elo estimation is that it needs a broad spectrum of rated games all from the same type of chess, to accurately give elo estimates. That is a good enough reason for me to want a great number of games, and even games of players that arent necessarily all that good....

Thank you for posting (and correcting) these links. However, all I get is a redirect to Chess & Bridge - which seems a likely place to find these pgn files; but how do I actually get to the download areas, e.g for Files 211-400?

chess & bridge had an archive of chose stuff bit not anymore. those olf stugg are no longer available in official sites, but you can find them in iternet if you look accuratelly. maybe someone here will be able to post a link for you.

Twic download address recently is changed from to, so the 'Get TWIC' doesn't work anymore in CB 10. Is there any other solution except then downloading the twic manually?

Thanks, maybe I'll try to tap into it, if I ever bother making my chess engine. Curious though why 956 bytes would be needed per game. If games averaged 60 moves this would be almost 16 bytes per move, seems like you could store each move in 3-4 bytes, depending...

What did you use to open the PGN, and did you let the file finish downloading? I've grabbed this before. It's too large for anything other than ChessBase. If you don't have CB 16, just get CB Reader 2017, which you can find here: -reader-2017

Guys, remember quantity is not quality. As mentioned above you don't want sub 1200 kid teaching you how to do the opening or low rated machine, it will spoil your statistics. Try to grab the real and strong OTB chess database. This month Opening Master announced 50% Christmas discount

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I am looking for getting all games played in 2013 as quickly and painlessly as possible. A batch file to download many ziped pgn files would be non-ideal, but ok. I prefer the Week in Chess as a source due to their high DB consistency quality, but the ultimate goal is to compile a single high quality DB of all games played in the year 2013.

Write a script that downloads the files, one at the time. The filename structure will allow you to use a loop to capture all the files you wish to get. Then, write a script that unzips the files and concatenates them in a single large PGN file. Then, write a script that finds and discards duplicated games. Other strategies seem to include a Firefox add-on ( -US/firefox/addon/downthemall/) and in general, the topic has been discussed in other places ( -million-master-games), ( -equipment/quotlost-issuesquot-of-twic), ( -retriveal.php).

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When you click on "Download games" the latest games will be retrieved. Note that the download manager keeps track of the game that you have already added to you Mega Database ("loaded"), and will only get the ones that aren't.

At first glance, the script focuses on automating the loop to download the PGN Twic from one issue to another, especially until the most recent one. In addition, the script uses the Linux Scidb variant.

Is there a way to download The Week in Chess as a full year? (I have a book published in 2021 and I want to download 2022 in full as one pgn text file without having to download all 51 individually and somehow concatenate them together)

An older version of the Tarrasch Toy engine is included with the standard Tarrasch packages. The newerversion is slightly stronger, but since it uses time better it is less fun to play. Reptor is anolder Triple Happy chess program. Reptor is a repertoire memorization training tool. Reptor is nolonger under development, but may some keen users still find it useful.

Note that Web Browsers are increasingly paranoid about security and can be reluctant to let you downloadand run a program like Tarrasch.exe which is not developed by a big corporation. I am sorry, there'snothing I can do about this except reassure you that Tarrasch is a trustworthy program. (Update, November 2016:Actually I have come to realise there is one thing I could do which is to get the Tarrasch distribution properly signed. I will endeavourto find out what is required to do this soon).

In this digital era, training methods are changing very fast. Here I would like to list few of must have chess programs which you can use freely in true sense as those are open source. I give them more marks over some of most popular paid chess programs.

One must have a collection of games played by good players. You can use either of thes two or both combined. MillionBase is a collection of over 2.9 million games from ancient to modern (up to date till January 2018) by legendary chess programmer Ed Schroder. You can update it on a regular basis using the week in chess (TWIC). TWIC provides weekly updates.

MegaBase also comes with an update service, where weekly downloads of 5000 games are provided for a year. As a point of comparison, we are currently at update number 49 for MegaBase 2015, and 245713 games have been added to the database with all updates included.

Every issue of TWIC, from #1 (Sept 17, 1994) through the current day (#1094 at the time of writing), can be downloaded from The Week in Chess website. The databases from issue #920 (June 25, 2012) forward are also available. Combining those 175 files, a user could create a free database with 495,966 (482,290 after killing doubles) games to study. Among them we find 640 games played by Vachier-Lagrave (the most in the database), 516 by Nakamura, 507 by Svidler, and 7 miserable efforts by Hartmann.

This would be sufficient as a first step in chess research and database use, but Crowther also offers his readers the possibility of downloading a copy of his complete, private database for a donation of 30. The database contains every game ever published in TWIC, and as of the last version (#1-1093) it contained nearly 1.8 million games.

There is no substitute for having a large research database such as MegaBase or BigBase at your disposal for pre-game preparation, opening research and general chess study. Because MegaBase comes with annotated games, weekly updates and the PlayerBase, it is the premier database product on the market today. Serious opening analysts and correspondence players should absolutely consider supplementing BigBase or MegaBase with CorrBase.

Now that you have set up Scid vs PC and loaded all your own games, you are ready for the big time. You want to download possibly millions of games, keep right up to date with the latest games played on the world stage, and find the bleeding edge openings. Possibly you want to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon analysing some classical games with annotations. Read on.


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