The starting point of the company was the sale of the ChessBase chess database program that was developed in version 1.0 of Wüllenweber for the Atari ST. From version 2.3 the ChessBase program was also in one of Mathias Feist developed version for the PC operating system MS-DOS available. Parallel for the Atari 1989 was released for PCs and the version of ChessBase 3.0. The version 4.0, could count in the DOS version of the Fritz chess program in the same surface for analysis, was the last version that was released for the Atari.
The ChessBase database program was designed to capture the moves of chess games on computers, where appropriate, to comment with the various options and save. For this Wüllenweber had developed a special storage format, which stores all necessary data of a lot (players, tournament, tournament, date, notation, variant, guest characters, etc.) in as space-saving manner in a file ("CBF" format). For searching the ChessBase program allows systematic access to the lots in the database according to various criteria such as player name, tournament, or a variant of the opening index.
The development of the ChessBase database program was instrumental in the beginning influenced by Garry Kasparov, who attended the occasion of a visit to Hamburg in 1985 ChessBase first time and made many suggestions for further development.
With the development of the first Windows version from 1994, also the text format "PGN has been supported". The version of ChessBase 6.0, in 1996 an expanded program your own database format ("CBH" format). In addition to the actual database and the user interface has been particularly after the porting (migration) extended and allows many parallel applications that go far beyond the capabilities of a pure database program. May be involved in addition to the convenient access to the database analysis and Zugbestimmung different chess engines which are not necessarily from their own home.
The current version of ChessBase 10 appeared in July 2008. Since 2007, a limited version under the name of ChessBase Light 2007 is available free of charge. It can be unlocked by purchasing an activation key for full version ChessBase 9th
Besides providing the chess database program, the company ChessBase operated with the collection and distribution of games of chess. These were first sold in the "ChessBase Magazine" on floppy disks, later followed by the series' tournament Disk. 1990 ChessBase Training began with authors disks in the series "Opening disk to market."
Mathias Feist in 1991, developed a user interface for chess engines, which was distributed with the programmed by the Dutchman Frans Morsch chess engine Quest under the name Fritz.
Besides the Fritz chess program distributes sales or more Publisher ChessBase chess as chess programs, including, HIARCS, Junior, Shredder, Chess Tiger, ZapChess Rybka and in different versions.
Fritz Chess Server
In September 2001 came with its own ChessBase chess server online. This triggered soon after the introduction of the Internet Chess Club leader in terms of visitor numbers from a major commercial chess server. 2006 ChessBase over 200,000 members were registered. On the Fritz chess server people can play chess against other players over the Internet chess. It is also possible to let computers play against each other. The Fritz-Chess Server also allows interactive lessons and numerous special chess variants. Almost daily there are also lots of the current grandmaster tournaments, world championships or competitions shown live and discussed by the visitors in the chat.
For the Fritz chess server, and the training program "Fritz Trainer ChessBase developed the Chess Media System. This can be audio or video recordings synchronized to match the course to play. This number of instructional videos were produced, including of Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Viktor Korchnoi, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Alexei Shirov, Adrian Mikhalchishin, Daniel King, Andrew Martin, Jacob Aagaard, Helmut Pfleger, Thomas Luther and Eva Moser.
Learning program for children and adolescents 
Since 2003, the chess-learning program Fritz & Done "- by early 2009 in four consecutive consequences. Hereby Children are introduced in a playful game of chess.
Other publishing programs 
1994 Matthias had developed Wüllenweber a physics simulation program, which is sold under the name "Albert Interactive Physics" by Springer-Verlag.
In October 2007, appeared with Louis, a music software that can compose and arrange music in different styles and self-complex. In Ludwig serves primarily as a virtual teacher for several instruments and choral singing as well as backing band.
The web site of ChessBase is updated daily and offers in three languages (German, English, Spanish) latest chess news. In addition, a free online game database with more than four million chess players and a lexicon of names and photos of thousands of chess players available.
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