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kaissa
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Database recommendation for Macintosh?

Post by kaissa » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:40 pm

Hello,

I've begun teaching chess online and one of my students uses a Macintosh. I want him to get used to entering his games into a database, comment on his games and at the very end use engines to check his analysis.

Chess X looks like a good starting point. Are there any Mac native freeware chess databases? Next in line is probably Shredder or Hiarcs. Any recommendations?

Thank you for your time,

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Re: Database recommendation for Macintosh?

Post by MOBMAT » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:52 pm

kaissa wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:40 pm
Hello,

I've begun teaching chess online and one of my students uses a Macintosh. I want him to get used to entering his games into a database, comment on his games and at the very end use engines to check his analysis.

Chess X looks like a good starting point. Are there any Mac native freeware chess databases? Next in line is probably Shredder or Hiarcs. Any recommendations?

Thank you for your time,
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Re: Database recommendation for Macintosh?

Post by Dann Corbit » Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:59 pm

Taking ideas is not a vice, it is a virtue. We have another word for this. It is called learning.
But sharing ideas is an even greater virtue. We have another word for this. It is called teaching.

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Re: Database recommendation for Macintosh?

Post by MikeB » Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:05 am

kaissa wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:40 pm
Hello,

I've begun teaching chess online and one of my students uses a Macintosh. I want him to get used to entering his games into a database, comment on his games and at the very end use engines to check his analysis.

Chess X looks like a good starting point. Are there any Mac native freeware chess databases? Next in line is probably Shredder or Hiarcs. Any recommendations?

Thank you for your time,
I think Shredder or HIARCS are you best choices for ease of use, features and limit strength playability and support.
HIARCS has very robust support with a fairly large community base of users and an active forum website where he can get most of his questions answered relatively quickly. They also have subscription based opening book offering which is very very good and updated at least once a year.

https://hiarcs.net/forums/
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Re: Database recommendation for Macintosh?

Post by MikeB » Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:38 am

MikeB wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:05 am
kaissa wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:40 pm
Hello,

I've begun teaching chess online and one of my students uses a Macintosh. I want him to get used to entering his games into a database, comment on his games and at the very end use engines to check his analysis.

Chess X looks like a good starting point. Are there any Mac native freeware chess databases? Next in line is probably Shredder or Hiarcs. Any recommendations?

Thank you for your time,
I think Shredder or HIARCS are you best choices for ease of use, features and limit strength playability and support.
HIARCS has very robust support with a fairly large community base of users and an active forum website where he can get most of his questions answered relatively quickly. They also have subscription based opening book offering which is very very good and updated at least once a year.

https://hiarcs.net/forums/
The Honey engines limit strength functionality works in HIARCS explorer as well,



I played one rated game which I lost with Oki Maguro aka, "Big Tuna" and lost. It has a feature so that it will automatically increase or decrease the strength based on well you do. So I lost and it dropped my opponent rating to 1407, then I won, bringing my rating up to 1535 for the next game

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