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jhughes
14-04-2010, 08:17 PM
OK, so for Christmas I asked if I could have Rybka 3 Aquarium. I was given it, and I have to say, I am very disappointed. I also have SCID downloaded, for those of you who don't know, SCID is a free database program and has been dubbed by some as 'a poor man's Chessbase'. Despite having over $60 invested in Aquarium, I find SCID much easier to use and clearly superior. I have started this thread so I could gain an insight as to why people buy, and use commercial products like Chessbase and Aquarium when SCID is free. Clearly, there is something I'm missing. What makes having Chessbase or Aquarium worthwhile when there's SCID?

Rincewind
14-04-2010, 08:21 PM
I have tried ChessBase Lite but since discovering SCID have been using it exclusively. I don't know too much about other databases but cannot see any reason to change.

BearDrinkingBeer
17-04-2010, 06:03 PM
What makes having Chessbase or Aquarium worthwhile when there's SCID?
I'm actually not sure. There's probably nothing much that makes ChessBase or Aquarium better than SCID.

However, I started my chess life using the Fritz interface. I've played around briefly with Aquarium and SCID before, but I guess I'm just used to Fritz so I prefer it. I can't think of anything highly significant, but Fritz does have some specialist features such an engine matches, blunder check, etc.

jhughes
17-04-2010, 07:03 PM
I'm actually not sure. There's probably nothing much that makes ChessBase or Aquarium better than SCID.

However, I started my chess life using the Fritz interface. I've played around briefly with Aquarium and SCID before, but I guess I'm just used to Fritz so I prefer it. I can't think of anything highly significant, but Fritz does have some specialist features such an engine matches, blunder check, etc.
Perhaps you should add that this article: http://chess.geniusprophecy.com/chess-software.html

BearDrinkingBeer
18-04-2010, 09:52 AM
Perhaps you should add that this article: http://chess.geniusprophecy.com/chess-software.html
Okay, I'll find time to do that.