Chess game statistics

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FreeRepublic
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Chess game statistics

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This is not really a COW topic, but is COW related.

I use COW extensively, but I find that it is complemented with a game database. Back in the BookUp days, I used Exachess. One feature it provided was game statistics from the current chess position. I would copy those statistics from Exachess and paste them into BookUp in the comment area opposite the position.

I now use Chess Assistant (CA). It's a lot like Chessbase, but is less expensive. There is also Chessbase reader, which is free. I assume it is greatly limited compared to Chessbase. CA has an opening tree with associated statistics, but it only goes out so many moves. Does anyone know of a modern chess program that will give me game statistics from any position? (As the venerable Exachess did long ago).
FreeRepublic
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Re: Chess game statistics

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I've learned a little more. For CA users, do a search and find your games. Then go to "Advanced" to "Statistics" and "results." It was easier in Exachess!
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Re: Chess game statistics

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Various databases of chess games have their pros and cons. They all have the benefit of warehousing past games and introducing new games. As to the later, I currently go to Chessgames.com, which is relatively inexpensive, and do searches on games played in 2022. Or you can go to the free TheWeekInChess.com. Any PGN chess game database provides a source of games for importing into COW.

Some of the game databases provide game statistics. COW does something similar. The pedigree move tri-bar shows variations chosen by strong players and how they fared. The variation count shows what lines have the most branches, either games or analysis, and provides a sense of the criticality of a variation. Evaluation, by yourself or by your engine, combined with backsolving completes the picture.
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