How to get my chess.com games into chessbase

jamesstack

Somehow I was able to do this before but I cant figure out how I did it. I tried to click and drag the pgn file into a chessbase database but it didnt work. I also tried copy and paste and cut and paste but that didnt work either.  There must be something else I can do since I successfully did it once before. Any suggestions? I have chessbase 8.

Martin_Stahl
jamesstack wrote:

Somehow I was able to do this before but I cant figure out how I did it. I tried to click and drag the pgn file into a chessbase database but it didnt work. I also tried copy and paste and cut and paste but that didnt work either.  There must be something else I can do since I successfully did it once before. Any suggestions? I have chessbase 8.

 

You can go to the Archive and download a page of your games at a time to a PGN file that can be imported. You can also download each game into a PGN or copy the PGN into your clipboard and you should be able to create a new game in Chessbase and paste from your clipboard.

 

jamesstack

Oh the clipboard....that was the key to the puzzle. Thanks for your help....got it to work happy.png

javamate123
Martin_Stahl wrote:
jamesstack wrote:

Somehow I was able to do this before but I cant figure out how I did it. I tried to click and drag the pgn file into a chessbase database but it didnt work. I also tried copy and paste and cut and paste but that didnt work either.  There must be something else I can do since I successfully did it once before. Any suggestions? I have chessbase 8.

 

You can go to the Archive and download a page of your games at a time to a PGN file that can be imported. You can also download each game into a PGN or copy the PGN into your clipboard and you should be able to create a new game in Chessbase and paste from your clipboard.

 

Weird that chess_com still didn't develop a feature that allows downloading ALL one's games in one go... I have over 60 pages in my archive, so am I really supposed to download them all one by one? Please, chess_com, how long will we have to wait for a simple 'export archive' feature here???

Sred

@javamate123, I think that's because people would start downloading their bazillion bullet games regularly.

javamate123

Thanks for your swift reply. I guess you're right. In the meantime I've downloaded all 61 pages from my archive (one by one :-)) Regards

reptilian_world

FFS you have to download one page of games at a time? What a joke. 

javamate123
reptilian_world wrote:

FFS you have to download one page of games at a time? What a joke.

Yeah, it's not exactly high tech :-)

Martin_Stahl
javamate123 wrote:
reptilian_world wrote:

FFS you have to download one page of games at a time? What a joke.

Yeah, it's not exactly high tech :-)

 

They could allow it, bit if a lot of people were doing, it could significant load issues. Some people have a lot of games.

reptilian_world

@Martin_Stahl  That isn't the issue. A database of a few thousand games would only be a few megabytes at most. And it's not like everyone would be frantically downloading their games at the same time all day long. Other chess sites have this feature as standard and it doesn't affect them in the slightest. The fact that chess.com STILL don't have this feature points either to incompetence or a deliberate effort to discourage you from analyzing your games anywhere else other than this site.

Martin_Stahl
reptilian_world wrote:

@Martin_Stahl  That isn't the issue. A database of a few thousand games would only be a few megabytes at most. And it's not like everyone would be frantically downloading their games at the same time all day long. Other chess sites have this feature as standard and it doesn't affect them in the slightest. The fact that chess.com STILL don't have this feature points either to incompetence or a deliberate effort to discourage you from analyzing your games anywhere else other than this site.

 

It isn't about size, it's the query to pull all the games from the database.  There are enough members that it can become an issue from a resource usage standpoint.

 

Maybe that isn't the reason why it isn't done, but very likely is. 

 

I have no problems pulling down games when I need for offline analysis. It only takes a little time to do if you pull them down after each session. 

reptilian_world

@Martin_Stahl Complete nonsense! You would only need to download it once initially to get all your games, and then periodically to update. You make it sound like people would be downloading from the site non-stop. It's ridiculous to suggest that this is a resource usage issue in the year 2020. It's not. It's a "we don't want you analyzing your games with 3rd party software" issue.

Sred

@reptilian_world Nice conspiracy theory. Of course it's not about hardware resources, but possible software limits. Not ridiculous.

Sred

Also it's a difference what people would need to do and what they mindlessly and repeatedly actually would do.

Martin_Stahl
reptilian_world wrote:

@Martin_Stahl Complete nonsense! You would only need to download it once initially to get all your games, and then periodically to update. You make it sound like people would be downloading from the site non-stop. It's ridiculous to suggest that this is a resource usage issue in the year 2020. It's not. It's a "we don't want you analyzing your games with 3rd party software" issue.

 

But amazingly, it is easy to do here. The site isn't trying to prevent anyone from analyzing their games locally. No, you can't download thousands of games at once, but you can believe it's done for whatever reason you want to.

reptilian_world

Yeah, because downloading 5mb of games is going to crash the entire server! (But somehow other sites can provide the service without issues).

Martin_Stahl
reptilian_world wrote:

Yeah, because downloading 5mb of games is going to crash the entire server! (But somehow other sites can provide the service without issues).

 

It's not going to crash anything, but l a large number of games being pulled from the DB is going to use resources. Multiply that by the number of members that might be pulling down full archives and it adds up.

 

It doesn't matter that other sites may have that ability. The site chose to limit archive downloads, likely for performance reasons; because there are people that would pull down their whole archive every time they decided they had played enough additional games.

reptilian_world

A site that doesn't have the basic resources to enable members to download their games conveniently is not a site worth paying money for.

javamate123
reptilian_world wrote:

A site that doesn't have the basic resources to enable members to download their games conveniently is not a site worth paying money for.

Correct. It's not like we're talking about cheap membership prizes here... Also, if downloading a bunch of games in one go is a problem, how about the video section then? Streaming video's takes up a lot more bandwidth than downloading games totaling maybe a few megabytes. And I imagine people watch video's on chess com all the time (this corona business should have crashed chess com if 'bandwidth' was a problem - and if it's a software issue, then fix it!).

Martin_Stahl
javamate123 wrote:
reptilian_world wrote:

A site that doesn't have the basic resources to enable members to download their games conveniently is not a site worth paying money for.

Correct. It's not like we're talking about cheap membership prizes here... Also, if downloading a bunch of games in one go is a problem, how about the video section then? Streaming video's takes up a lot more bandwidth than downloading games totaling maybe a few megabytes. And I imagine people watch video's on chess com all the time (this corona business should have crashed chess com if 'bandwidth' was a problem - and if it's a software issue, then fix it!).

 

No one said the problem was bandwidth. The database query to pull all games at one time is more resource intensive (server side CPU and memory, not network) than limiting it, especially with large game archives and the possibility of people doing it a lot (lots of members with very large game archives).