In this article, you’ll find a list of the best free Chess databases you can access right now, today and start using as well as a list of the best paid Chess databases you can purchase. A paid database does not automatically mean it’s better than one that may be free. But is in an indication. Many of the free options or more than suffice for players.
What is a Chess Database?
First, let’s quickly go over what a database is.
A Chess Database is a database that contains records, in the form of a PGN file, of Chess games that have been played throughout history.
In a perfect world, every database would have every single Chess game ever played in any tournament, by any player, at any point in the history of the game. But this isn’t the case, however some databases are close to that level of perfection.
lichess is an excellent learning platform overall. With this, they have a database you can access for free. You can access to the lichess database here.
I personally use this database everyday. ChessGames.com allows you to search anything you want to in the game of Chess. If you want to see all games between two specific Chess Players, you can search and find them here. Do you want to see games where a specific opening was played by a specific player? You can find it here. Do you want to see a specific Chess Tactic that took place in a game? You can find all of the games where the tactic was played.
You can also get the Chess PGN of any game as well so you can take the code and run it through one of the Chess Engines like Stockfish to analyze the game.
This microbase packs a punch for being a microbase. This tool allows you to save, share, and annotate your games. You can sign up for free to start using it. They also have a paid option for more features.
Chessbase Reader is arguably the best free Chess database you can use. I used it when I had a PC and think about switching back to a PC just so I can use the Chessbase reader again. The interface looks good and it’s one of the most established Chess tools out there.
Chessbase isn;t just a database, but an entire Chess suite of tools and resources. Chessbase is one of the largest Chess companies in general. They have been around for many years. Chessbase is most likely what you’ll see being used as a Chess resource if you’re reading an article that was published all the way back in 2004.
Tascbase is a large database and also a Chess playing program. It is a tree as well as a key database. Tascbase is also unique in that it combines the keys with the Chess tree, most other databases do not.
Bookup is an Openings Database tool. Many players are still using trees to learn lines of openings, this is where Bookup comes in. Bookup is a positional database that will drastically cut down the learning curve of learning openings.
PGN Mentor is one of the most affordable options. I also like them because they list the Chess players in alphabetical order with the number of games that player has in the database, you’ll see this when you go to their homepage.