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Wayne Lowrance    (2010-09-24)
whole database transfers made simple

This has always been a sore spot for me on FICGS. I want to be able to copy my ficgs database of games to Rybka. I have gotten help from nice folks here, but I am unable to do it. There just does not seem to be the right tools at each step or understanding to do it.

I would be satisfied if a step by step procedure is posted that entails each click of the mouse with out vague procedure statements.

Daniel Parmet    (2010-09-24 09:51:02)
whole database transfers madfe simple

Step one.
Click on 'search games'
Step two.
At the top you will see 'all games (pgn)' click on this to download.
Step three.
Use whatever program you have to open this file (chessbase, chess assistant, scid, etc).
Step four.
Filter this file by your name.
Step five.
Copy all the games you have here into a new pgn.
Step 6.
Run Rybka.

Wayne Lowrance    (2010-09-24 18:28:56)
whole database transfers made simple

Thank you Daniel. Can we continue with this via PM on ficgs ? There is discussion needed. I will send you a PM.
Thank you

Daniel Parmet    (2010-09-24 20:19:04)
whole database transfers made simple

sure Wayne, I answered your first pm. Feel free to send anymore. I'll keep walking you through it til we get done what you want. Conversely, if its simpler, I can do the first 5 steps on my end for you then all you have to do is step 6. Though, its probably better for the future if you learn how to do this.

Thibault de Vassal    (2010-09-26 14:47:45)
whole database transfers made simple

I just tried to add some explanations on the different ways to do that in the Help section (bottom of page). Please let me know if it can be clearer, but I've still to add a direct link to a PGN file of "My games" in the My games page, of course.

Wayne Lowrance    (2010-09-26 20:46:49)
whole database transfers made simple

Is this what your talking about ?

How to import my Chess games in a chess database ?

There are several ways to import your chess games played at FICGS in a chess database like Chessbase or SCID. 1) You may download the complete FICGS correspondence chess database: Click "Search games" in the menu, right click & save "All games (PGN)". Import the file in your database, then you may filter the games by using your name. 2) You may create a PGN file by going to "My games" (please use the chess filter, click the rook icon if you also play Go or Poker, you may also select pending, running or all games) then clicking the printer icon. You just have to copy/paste the content of the new page into a new text file, then importing it in your chess database. 3) You may download the PGN file of a particular game or tournament, right click and save the "download" link at the bottom of

Do you mean "left mouse click" if I right click I get Link copy options, none of which seem to do what I want. I do not see a way to save "all games pgn" in any case which is what has stopped me for days. Left mouse click copies all database to where i want to open, Ie scid (which I cannot figure out either), notebad, but i see no filtering capability in notepad. So I do not know how/able to do "Import the file in my database" as your instructions say, sorry Thib, I am a pain in the butt. can you clear these things up for me ? especially your step 1.

Thibault de Vassal    (2010-09-27 01:52:53)
whole database transfers made simple

Sorry Wayne, maybe your operating system is slightly different, how do you usually save the content (web page or whatever) pointed by a hyperlink?

As for databases (notepad is not a chess database), there usually is a function to import a PGN file in a chess database.

Well, I do not use the Rybka GUI, so I may be not able to give the best answer :/

Wayne Lowrance    (2010-09-27 02:32:45)
whole database transfers made simple

Gosh, it gets more troubling. I just click on it and it executes the line. I dunno what else to say. I have no know problem with this in the past. What does it say when you right click on it ? My right click brings up several link options ?......I am using Bing ! if that helps. and windows 64 deluxe. Can you just provide a simple transfer link to rybka tablebase ?

Wayne Lowrance    (2010-09-27 02:49:24)
whole database transfers made simple

oooops vista

Wayne Lowrance    (2010-09-27 02:57:43)
whole database transfers made simple

Thibault these are my right click options

1 open link in new window
2 openl link in new tab
3 book mark this link
5 save link as
6 send link
7 copy link location

These are my options on right mouse click of all games pgn

Thibault de Vassal    (2010-09-27 15:26:25)
whole database transfers made simple

" 5 save link as " is the right choice.

Wayne Lowrance    (2010-09-28 00:22:43)
whole database transfers made simple

my thanks to all who have helped me. I am grateful.

Daniel Parmet    (2010-09-28 01:19:02)
whole database transfers made simple

welcome. Happy to be of service.