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Steve Lopez's Electronic T-Notes are an almost legendary source of basic ChessBase instruction - and easily the most popular feature on our site. Steve's weekly articles, tips and techniques are invaluable both to the ChessBase or Fritz newbie and to the seasoned user refining his or her understanding of the software. Steve writes from a layman's perspective. He writes in clear, simple language with a clear, simple goal - to help you make better use of ChessBase tools.
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Current Issues

May 11, 2003  - Installing the ChessBase Player Encyclopedia
May 4, 2003  - Copying games in Fritz8
April 27, 2003  - Theme classification in ChessBase 8
April 20, 2003  - New ChessBase CDs
April 13, 2003  - The "Limits" dialogue in ChessBase 8
April 6, 2003  - Index to Year Six of ETN
March 30, 2003  - Improvement for the average player
March 23, 2003  - Short Takes
March 16, 2003  - Theme blitz training in Fritz8
March 9, 2003  - New ChessBase CDs
March 2, 2003  - Creating a ChessBase Opening Key -- Part Three
February 23, 2003  - Creating a ChessBase opening key -- Part Two
February 16, 2003  - Creating a ChessBase opening key -- Part One
February 9, 2003  - Latest releases from ChessBase
February 2, 2003  - From the Mailbag
January 26, 2003  - Opening training in Fritz8
January 19, 2003  - Opening Lines: Windows XP Issues
January 12. 2003  - Odds and Ends
January 5, 2003  - Opening Lines: New 3D Board Options in Fritz8
December 29, 2002  - A Quick Look at Some New Fritz8 Features
December 22, 2002  - Opening Lines: Fritz8 Q&A
December 15, 2002  - Rapid Transit Chess
December 8, 2002  - Game Citations in ChessBase 8
December 1, 2002  - World Champion Mikhail Tal
November 24, 2002  - Questions and Answers
November 17, 2002  - Fritz Endgame Trainer - Pawn Endings
November 10, 2003  - Odds anf Ends
November 3, 2002  - Boris Schipkov's Dutch Defense: A90-A99
October 27, 2002  - Extra Engine Search Info in ChessBase 8
October 20, 2002  - Running Winboard Engines in Fritz7
October 13, 2002  - The Panes Menu is Your Friend (Fritz7)
October 6, 2002  - Don Maddox's King's Indian Attack
September 29, 2002  - List format tweaks in ChessBase 8
September 22, 2002  - List formats in ChessBase 8
September 15, 2002  - Opening Lines: Kings Indian with h3
September 8, 2002  - The Fine Art of Annotation - Part Four
September 1, 2002  - ChessBase USA Guide to Computer Chess/The Fine Art of Annotation Part 3
August 25, 2002  - The Fine Art of Annotation - Part 2
August 18, 2002  - The Fine Art of Annotation - Part 1
August 11, 2002  - Saving, replacing, and deleting games
August 4, 2002  - Forcing Fritz7 Into an Opening -- Part Two
July 28, 2002  - Forcing Fritz7 Into an Opening -- Part One

Back Issues

July 21, 2002  - Opening Lines/Publishing Tournaments on the Internet
July 14, 2002  - Opening Lines/Engine Tournaments in Fritz
July 7, 2002  - Elo Lists in Fritz -- Part Two
June 30, 2002  - Elo Lists in Fritz -- Part One
June 23, 2002  - New CDs
June 16, 2002  - Downloading Games From the Chessbase Server
June 9, 2002  - Engine Matches in Fritz7
June 2, 2002  - GUIs and Engines -- Not The Same Thing!
May 26, 2002  - Installing UCI Engines in Fritz7
May 19, 2002  - New Chessbase CDs
May 12, 2002  - From the Mailbag -- Part Two
May 5, 2002  - From the Mailbag
April 28, 2002  - Installing Pocket Fritz -- Step by Step
April 21, 2002  - New Chessbase CDs
April 14, 2002  - Multi-diagram Printouts in Chessbase 8
April 7, 2002  - Creating Training Questions in Chessbase 8
March 31, 2002  - Index to Year Five of ETN
March 24, 2002  - Odds and Ends (Again!)
March 17, 2002  - The Pirc Defense CD
March 10, 2002  - Optimizing A Chess Engine's Strength
March 3, 2002  - Shredder6's Triple Brain
February 24, 2002  - Setting Hash Tables
February 17, 2002  - Odds and Ends
February 10, 2002  - Two New Chessbase CDs
February 3, 2002  - Installing the "Classic" Shredder6 Interface
January 27, 2002  - Playing Games on the Playchess Server
January 20, 2002  - The Playchess Panes
January 13, 2002  - Logging On To The Playchess Server
January 6, 2002  - New CDs
December 30, 2001  - Understanding Time Controls
December 23, 2001  - Odds and Ends
December 16, 2001  - Fritz7's Analysis Board
December 9, 2001  - New Fritz7 Offline Features
December 02, 2001  - Installing Fritz7
November 25, 2001  - New CDs, Books, and E-books
November 18, 2001  - Chessbase Opening Encyclopedia 2002
November 11, 2001  - Copying Games in Chessbase8
November 4, 2001  - The Use of Databases -- Part Three
October 28, 2001  - The Use of Databases -- Part Two
October 21, 2001  - The Use of Databases
October 14, 2001  - Folded Notation in Chessbase8
October 7, 2001  - Game Input Using Pocket Fritz
September 30, 2001  - Don't Play With Your Food
September 23, 2001  - Is That a Fritz in Your Pocket or ...?
September 16, 2001  - Installing Pocket Fritz
September 9, 2001  - Three Chessbase8 Database Displays
September 2, 2001  - More Engine Displays
August 26, 2001  - Basic Engine Displays
August 19, 2001  - Fun With Underpromotions
August 12, 2001  - HP Printers and Chessbase/Fritz
August 5, 2001  - New CDs and E-books
July 29, 2001  - Important Virus Warning
July 22, 2001  - Installing New Databases in Chessbase8
July 15, 2001  - New Chessbase Playing Programs
July 8, 2001  - Creating Database Texts in Chessbase8 -- Part 3
July 1, 2001  - Creating Database Texts in Chessbase8 -- Part 2
June 24, 2001  - Creating Database Texts in Chessbase8 -- Part 1
June 17, 2001  - New Chessbase CDs
June 10, 2001  - Creating Opening Keys in Fritz6
June 3, 2001  - Evaluating Gambits
May 27, 2001  - CBM 81's New Player Encyclopedia
May 20, 2001  - Update/New CD and E-books
May 13, 2001  - The FritzMark
May 6, 2001  - Correction/Chess Tiger
April 29, 2001  - Making Database Backups
April 22, 2001  - Internet Security
April 15, 2001  - New CDs and E-books
April 8, 2001  - Index for Year Four
April 1, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 9
March 25, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 8
March 18, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 7
March 11, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 6
March 4, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 5
February 25, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 4
February 18, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 3
February 11, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part 2
February 4, 2001  - Learning A New Opening -- Part One
January 28, 2001  - Tournament Crosstables
January 21, 2001  - How To Do CD Checks
January 14, 2001  - Miscellany
January 7, 2001  - More Player Encyclopedia Tips
December 31, 2000  - New CDs and E-Books
December 24, 2000  - Opening the Player Encyclopedia
December 17, 2000  - Miscellany
December 10, 2000  - Using Chessbase8 to Find Sacrifices
December 3, 2000  - Updating Opening Books
November 26, 2000  - Basic Principles of Chess Strategy
November 19, 2000  - Basic Chessbase8 Tips
November 12, 2000  - The Engine Selector in Chessbase8
November 5, 2000  - Two New Chessbase8 Features
October 29, 2000  - Installing Chessbase8
October 22, 2000  - Useful Chess Links
October 15, 2000  - More New Electronic Tools
October 8, 2000  - New CDs from Chessbase
October 1, 2000  - Moveable Panes in Fritz6
September 24, 2000  - Fritz6 and Windows ME
September 17, 2000  - "Cannibalize Database" in CB7
September 10, 2000  - Short Takes
September 3, 2000  - Sending Games Via E-mail
August 27, 2000  - Opening Lines/More on Intensive Tactics Course
August 20, 2000  - Opening Lines/New Chessbase CDs
August 13, 2000  - Killing Doubles
August 6, 2000  - More Position Fragments
July 30, 2000  - Position Fragments in Chessbase7
July 23, 2000  - The Crossroad
July 16, 2000  - The Lost Art of Resignation
July 9, 2000  - Books, CDs, and Games
July 2, 2000  - Opening Lines/Tablebases and the Fritz Turbo Endgame
June 25, 2000  - The Shootout
June 18, 2000  - Fritz6 Questions
June 11, 2000  - Jean Herbert's The Modern Benoni
June 4, 2000  - Piece Values in Nimzo7.32
May 28, 2000  - Young Talents
May 14, 2000  - Critical Positions
May 7, 2000  - PGN Format in Fritz6
April 30, 2000  - Correction/Questions About Training
April 23, 2000  - From the Mailbag
April 16, 2000  - New Chessbase CDs
April 9, 2000  - Index to Year Three of Electronic T-Notes
April 2, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 13 (Improvement Tips)
March 26, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 12 (Analysis III)
March 19, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 11 (Analysis II)
March 12, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 10 (Analysis I)
March 5, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 9 (Saving Your Games)
February 27, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 8 (Opening Books II)
February 20, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 7 (Opening Books I)
February 13, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 6 (Basic Database Functions II)
February 6, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 5 (Basic Database Functions I)
January 30, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 4 (Coaching Functions)
January 23, 2000  - On-The-Fly Analysis of Live Games
January 16, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 3 (Levels III)
January 9, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 2 (Levels II)
January 2, 2000  - A User's Guide to Fritz6--Part 1 (Levels I)
December 26, 1999  - New Chessbase CDs
December 19, 1999  - Opening Lines/Quick Fritz6 Tips
December 12, 1999  - Getting Started With Fritz6
December 5, 1999  - Multi-Diagram Overviews
November 28, 1999  - "Doh!"
November 21, 1999  - The Wonders of Blundercheck
November 14, 1999  - Shortcuts
November 7, 1999  - Opening Lines/The Graphic Analysis Display
October 31, 1999  - Working With EPD Files
October 24, 1999  - More Endgame Keys in Chessbase7
October 17, 1999  - PGN Format in Chessbase7
October 10, 1999  - "Bookmarking" Games in Chessbase7
October 3, 1999  - Database Management Tips
September 26, 1999  - Endgame Keys In Chessbase7
September 19, 1999  - Nimzo7.32
September 12, 1999  - Lubomir Ftacnik's 1000 Checkmates
September 5, 1999  - Internet-Enabling Your Chessbase7
August 29, 1999  - Correction/"I'm Sorry, Frank..."
August 22, 1999  - Yard Work
August 15, 1999  - At Odds With Your Opponent
August 8, 1999  - Using Your Computer as a Research Assistant (Part Two)
August 1, 1999  - Using Your Computer as a Research Assistant (Part One)
July 25, 1999  - Text Searches in Chessbase7
July 18, 1999  - Analyzing a Final Position Using Chessbase7
July 11, 1999  - Instant Opening Notes in Chessbase7
July 4, 1999  - Opening Lines/New Compact Disks
June 27, 1999  - Tablebases in Hiarcs7.32
June 20, 1999  - Opening Book Confusion
June 13, 1999  - A First Look at Hiarcs7.32
June 6, 1999  - Forcing Fritz Into an Opening
May 30, 1999  - Gary Gauthier's ABCs of the Chess Middlegame
May 23, 1999  - The Case of the Missing Annotations
May 16, 1999  - The Gambit Lexicon
May 9, 1999  - Are You Threatening Me?
May 2, 1999  - Spying on Fritz
April 25, 1999  - "Flash Card" Training in Chessbase7
April 18, 1999  - Index For Year Two of Electronic T-Notes
April 11, 1999  - New Chessbase7 Web Publishing Tools
April 4, 1999  - Miscellany
March 28, 1999  - More About Endgame CDs
March 21, 1999  - Using Endgame CDs in Chessbase7
March 14, 1999  - Outside Help
March 7, 1999  - Engine Parameters in Fritz5.32
February 28, 1999  - Opening Lines/General Tips
February 21, 1999  - Finding Your Weak Points
February 14, 1999  - Four New Compact Disks
February 7, 1999  - Fritz5: Creating Opening Trees/Importing Games to Trees
January 31, 1999  - Fritz5: Creating a New Database and Copying Games
January 24, 1999  - From the Mailbag
January 17, 1999  - Inserting ASCII Notation Into Chessbase 6 & 7
January 10, 1999  - 16-bit Engines in Fritz5.32
January 3, 1999  - Back It Up!
December 27, 1998  - Books, Books, Books
December 20, 1998  - More Fritz5 Fixes
December 13, 1998  - The New 32-Bit Fritz5
December 6, 1998  - The Goose Is Getting Fat
November 29, 1998  - Formatting the Game List in Chessbase7
November 22, 1998  - Teaching Fritz5
November 15, 1998  - The New Junior5
November 1, 1998  - "Mystery Crashes" (And How To Solve Them)
October 25, 1998  - Using Fritz5: Some Tips for Beginners
October 18, 1998  - Opening Lines/Chessbase and Web Publishing
October 11, 1998  - Interpreting Fritz' Analysis
October 4, 1998  - The Repertoire Database
September 20, 1998  - From the Mailbag
September 13, 1998  - What's So "Unclear" About This?
September 6, 1998  - Opening Lines/Chessbase and Correspondence Chess: Can't See the Woods for the Trees
August 30, 1998  - Chessbase and Correspondence Chess: Getting Your Act Together
August 23, 1998  - Color in Chessbase7
August 16, 1998  - Playing Chess Against Chessbase7
August 9, 1998  - Books, Books, Books
August 2, 1998  - Opening Lines/Installing Chessbase7
July 26, 1998  - Opening Lines/Improving Your Play with Chessbase
July 19, 1998  - Opening Trees in Chessbase7
July 12, 1998  - Player Dossiers in Chessbase7
July 5, 1998  - Opening Reports in Chessbase7
June 28, 1998  - Keys and Codes
June 21, 1998  - The Scissors Icon
June 14, 1998  - Chessbase and Correspondence Chess: Your First Card
June 7, 1998  - Chessbase and Correspondence Chess: Getting Started
May 31, 1998  - Creating Tables of Contents for Databases
May 24, 1998  - Some Odds and Ends
May 17, 1998  - Opening Lines/A Fistful of CDs
May 10, 1998  - Chessbase and Correspondence Chess
May 3, 1998  - Back Into the Mailbag
April 26, 1998  - Into the Mailbag
April 19, 1998  - "Single-Click Entry Mode" in Fritz5
April 12, 1998  - Index for Year One of Electronic T-Notes
April 5, 1997  - Finding Lost Databases
March 29, 1998  - Quick Tips
March 22, 1998  - Opening Lines/More Opening Tips
March 15, 1998  - Learning a New Opening Revisited Part 2
March 8, 1998  - "Learning a New Opening" Revisited
March 1, 1998  - Daniel King's Attack!
February 22, 1998  - Blitz Memorization or "How to Learn An Opening Really Quickly and Severely Embitter Your Opponents"
February 15, 1998  - ECO Keys in Chessbase 6
February 8, 1998  - An Opponent for Every Day of the Week
February 1, 1998  - Copying Middlegame Keys in Chessbase 6
January 25, 1998  - Opening Lines/Color My Notes
January 18, 1998  - Base Basics 5
January 11, 1998  - Symbols in .CBH Game Lists
January 4, 1998  - Base Basics 4
December 28, 1997  - Where We're Going
December 21, 1997  - Help Me, Fritzie!
December 14, 1997  - Math, Math, Math
December 7, 1997  - Fritz 5 Question
November 30, 1997  - Base Basics 3
November 23, 1997  - Base Basics 2
November 16, 1997  - From the Mailbag
November 9, 1997  - User Input
November 2, 1997  - Base Basics 1
October 26, 1997  - Trivial Chess
October 19, 1997  - Letters...I Get Letters
October 12, 1997  - Opening Lines/Where'd the Numbers Go????
October 5, 1997  - Opening Lines/Fritz5 Powerbook (The Emphasis is on Power!)
September 28, 1997  - First Impressions of Fritz5
September 21, 1997  - Opening Lines/ Evaluation Colors in Fritz4
September 14, 2002  - Player Opening Books for Fritz
September 7, 1997  - Chessbase and HTML
August 31, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 10
August 24, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 9
August 17, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 8
August 10, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 7
August 3, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 6
July 27, 1997  - Opening Lines/Learning a New Opening Part 5
July 20, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 4
July 13, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 3
July 6, 1997  - Learning a New Opening Part 2
June 29, 1997  - Opening Lines/Learning a New Opening Part 1
June 22, 1997  - Editing the Playerlist in Chessbase6
June 15, 1997  - Opening Lines/ Horrorbase and Other Data From the Crypt Part 2
June 8, 1997  - Horrorbase and Other Data From the Crypt
June 1, 1997  - .PGN .CBF .CBH And Other Alphabet Sout
May 25, 1997  - Fritz Analysis Module Evaluations in CBWin and CB6
May 18, 1997  - Confronting the Beast: Some Thoughts on Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
May 11/ 1997  - Quick Tips
May 4, 1997  - Opening Lines
April 27, 1997  - Opening Lines
April 20, 1997  - Making Fritz4 and Chessbase Work Together
April 13, 1997  - The Tyranny of Numbers (Part Three)
April 6, 1997  - The Tyranny of Numbers (Part Two)
March 30, 1997  - The Tyranny of Numbers

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