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What is the difference beetween chessbase megadatabase (or some similar product) and downloading the games from TWIC and build yourself the base?
I know that the chessbase databases has some annotated games, that's the only difference?
That's the greatest difference, though there are others. John Nunn's Secrets of Practical Chess (Revised version) goes into this in more detail.
Can you give us a bullet point or two from Nunn?
ziggurat> What is the difference beetween chessbase megadatabase (or some similar product) and downloading the games from TWIC and build yourself the base?
On the plus side, you don't have to pay the $40 USD it costs for the Big Database, which comes with 4 million games of all levels from 1475 to the present.
The Megabase isn't an apples to apples comparison. It's basically the Big Database with 60,000 games annotated for an extra $100. If you're in the market for annotated games then TWIC would never fit the bill since it's unannotated.
The best way to do it is buy a copy of Chessbase as it comes with I think the big 2004 database. Then download the TWIC yearbooks up to 2005 - 2008. Then you have a current up to date reference database. That's how I did it.
lochness88 - Agreed, for me, there's no need to re-buy the Big Database every year.
I know this post is 6 months later but will the megadatabase function in fritz 11. I would think so? (ordered it real inexpensive). Says it needs chessbase 10 which I don't have. Would I still be able to put commentaries in fritz 11. My guess is yes but hate to guess.
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