Online Chess Databases

I have recently found the world's largest online chess database--The Fics Online Database-- at which has more than 200 million games in it! If you need games to feed your SCID this is it!

Other good free online databases I have found are: and

I use online databases to play solitaire chess and when I'm reading a book and they give a game example I look up that example on one of the databases and play it out on my winboard. Also I use when I am looking for games that someone found interesting in some way rather than just blindly picking a game from a database. Also have the games from some of the famous chessbooks already collected together. 

If anyone else uses a different chess database let us know! Also tell us how you use databases to improve your chess.


  • 11 months ago


    I have been using recently. It has a massive number of games searchable by all sorts of different criteria, incuding ECO code and position. It is updated weekly with new games, which can be freely downloaded in PGN. I find the Position Explorer most useful for studying openings. This feature is present in other databases like that you also mentioned, but in chessbites there is no restriction for non-members and the Position Explorer can be invoked from any position, no matter how deep into the game. There are other good chess online dbs I tried, like and NICbase online.

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