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There are 4 main sections of interest in the Game Database tool.
The first will be familiar to you, its a game board! On it will appear the moves of the game you've entered
as white and black pieces. The search results will be displayed as green pieces.
The database works by entering a position you're interested in and clicking
the Search button. This will return a set of moves that have been
made in other games that at one point had the same position you searched for.
The moves are possible next moves. To setup a position you simply click your
mouse once over the position you want. Continue doing so until you reach your
desired position. You can also navigate back and forth through the moves by
using the << <, >, and >>
buttons. The Clear button should be self-explanatory. The Reset
button will return the board to the position you searched for.
The second section is a
table containing the coordinates of the search result moves. For each move,
the number of games that have made this move is listed, and also the percentage
of those games that ended in a win for the player that made the move. You can
sort these results by the coordinates, number of games, or percentages
by clicking the headings on the table.
The first and second sections
are tied together. If you move your mouse over a move on the board, an indicator
will light up next to the stats for that move. If you move your mouse over a
coordinate in the stats table, a black or white piece will show up on the board
for that stat. This makes it easier to view the statistics.
The third section is a table
containing a listing of recent games that match the position searched for. Various
statistics are shown in the table. For a complete listing of information about
the game, click on the Txt link for the game. To view the game on
the board, click the Load link for the game. Then you can navigate
through the game just as if you had entered it yourself. If you wish to view
more than the default number of games you can use the select box to view up
to 25 games at a time. To view more games you can use the <<
and >> links at the bottom of the table.
Below the most recent games in the table
is a subtable containing links to download games that matched the search in a zip file. The format
of the game files in the zip file are the same as if you clicked on the Txt link.
This is a useful feature if you wish to have a local copy of a set of games, of if you wish to
use the game files in another program.
The fourth section is the
filtering options table. This form allows you to filter the games that are searched.
Currently you can filter games by site, event, round, section, players and date.
4.1 Venue filtering
You can select a site,
event, round, and section from a drop-down list. Initially the board is set
to filter "All Sites", "All Events", "All Rounds", "All Sections". Once you
select a site to filter, the event drop-down list is updated with all the
events that have occurred at the selected site. If you select an event to
filter, the round drop-down list is updated with all the rounds for the selected
event and finally if you select a round to filter, the section drop-down list
is updated with all the sections for the selected round. Some events don't
have any rounds (like the event "Non-Tournament"), in this case the only round
and section you can select is "-". One other thing to note with this strategy
is that it is impossible to filter by eg. "Round = 3" without first selecting
a site and an event. So it is currently impossible to filter for all games
in "Round 3" played at any site in any event. Perhaps a more sophisticated
client will handle this problem differently in a future release.
4.2 Player filtering
You can also filter by
the players in a game. If you enter "dweebo" for player 1 and click
"Search" you'll only view games in which "dweebo" was
player 1. If you also enter "mmammel" for player 2, you'll only
view games in which "dweebo" was player 1 and "mmammel"
was player 2 and so on. Also note that names are searched case-insenitively, so a
search for "DWEEBO" will match on "dweebo".
4.3 Date filtering
You can also filter by
the date games were played. This makes it possible to perform a search like
this "show all games played by dweebo in the past month". You can
accomplish this search by entering in dates into the "After date"
and "Before date" fields in the filter options table. Dates must
be entered in this form (MM/DD/YYYY). If you enter in just a before date,
you'll be searching for all games from the beginning of time up to the date
you enter. If you enter just an after date, you'll be searching for all games
from the day after the day you entered until today. If you enter in both a
before and after date, you'll be searching for all games between the two dates.
For example, say today is 07/21/2001. If you wanted to search for all games
played today enter in 07/20/2001 for the "After date", and 07/22/2001
for the "Before date".
4.4 Winner filtering
Finally, you can filter
by winner, that is search for games won by player 1, or search for games won
by player 2.
Other things you might find
useful. The positions you search for will also search for games which are mirrored
or rotated. Or, if a game starts differently than the game you entered, but
ends up with the same position, it will also match. So when you search, keep
in mind that you're not looking for games that moved at "K10", then
"L11"...a capture at "M10"... but games that have a white
piece at "K10", a black piece at "L11" and "1"
capture by black...
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