Chess Academy eBook+ “Encyclopedia of Combinations” runs on a standard PC with the operating system Windows® 10 / 11 and Windows® Vista 32bit/XP/2000/NT4/9x/Me.

Installation of the program, program interface, menu, and help in the following languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish.

Chess Academy eBook+ “Encyclopedia of Combinations” contains a full version of the successful and powerful Chess Academy program (ver. 5.5) and 2 tutorial and training modules “Encyclopedia of Combinations”.

Learning and training examples with text commentaries in German and English are classified by themes/sub-themes and each annotated variation includes appropriate positional evaluations and/or text annotations explaining typical plans, combination motifs, and piece maneuvers.

The chess program offers practically all the functions of modern chess software – whether professional databases, interactive learning and training programs, or powerful playing programs.

The game program comes with huge engine books: Chess Academy opening book “ChampionBook” with approx. 8.5 million positions and GambitBook with approx. 2.2 million positions. Chess Academy middlegame book with approx. 8 million positions with the critical positions from the middlegame and endgame.

Included is a professional database with 1,590,744 games without duplicates on its own (compact and extremely fast!) Chess Academy format.

  • The program supports data in PGN and ChessBase (CBF) format and also allows conversion to PGN, RTF, HTML, and EPD
  • The Chess Academy game editor allows all chess games to be annotated (text comments as well as graphical comments)
  • Sophisticated printing options for chess notation/symbols/diagrams
  • Powerful Chess Academy playing program, the program even offers WinBoard support and auto-player support

Clear, robust, and intuitive program interface, easy to handle.

The program provides a variety of very useful exploratory hint tools available to use at any time that you choose. The program monitors your actions and allows convenient navigation through chess windows, game lists, etc. Chess Academy gives you also the opportunity to use your preferred method for operating the graphic interface: with a mouse or with a keyboard. You can also set up the on-screen colors, chessboard size, program language, chess pieces set, and so on. The game editor allows you to comment on all chess games (text comments as well as graphic comments).

Chess Academy offers excellent 2D and 3D boards and piece sets, the size of the board, as well as colors, which can be easily changed, piece animation, special chess symbols, special windows for analyzing purposes and displaying variants, ToolBars icons, and their groups can be easily handled and much more – enjoy at the same time by using Chess Academy® program!

Chess Academy provides a complete interactive system for enjoying, playing, and studying chess! Chess Academy enables any chess player to rapidly improve his chess skills in an efficient and effective manner. Chess Academy users learn chess and organize their training lessons through active participation and discovery with carefully selected and fully annotated Tutorial & Training Examples, authored by top-class players and experienced coaches.

  • CD-ROM or DVD. Packaging: installation instructions in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Polish languages, customer card.
chessacademy enzyklopaedie kombinationen

Brief description of the included tutorial and training modules “Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations”:

“The combination is the heart of chess”

Alexander Alekhine, World Chess Champion

The “Encyclopaedia of Chess Combinations” tutorial and training modules included in the package are dedicated to one of the most important problems in a game of chess. The combination (a forced variation that is initiated by a sacrifice and leads to a win) occurs in all phases of a chess game. However, it is most common in the middle game.

Basic types of combinations make up the greater part of this computer encyclopedia.

This standard work also covers the following topics:

  • Two-pronged attack
  • Double-check
  • Skewers
  • Defense
  • Temptations
  • Interception of attacks
  • Destruction of the defense
  • Space advantage
  • The blockade
  • Clear mating positions
  • Stalemate
  • X-ray attack
  • Overloaded pieces
  • Intermediate moves
  • Pawn breakthrough
  • Poisoned pawns
  • Destruction of the pawn structure
  • The pursuit etc.

The encyclopedia consists of 3,460 (!) examples. Some are well-known, some that are now forgotten, and some that have been rewritten by practice.

Although this collection can only show a small selection of the combinations ever played, these have been carefully selected from the tournaments played in recent years. By analyzing many classical and modern games, the authors explain how sacrifices can be made in various middlegame positions and how the material or positional advantage is subsequently converted.

The reference for every chess player – for beginners, teachers, tournament players, and stronger players. A real gift for anyone who wants to delve into the deepest secrets of chess. Although there are few comparable works of this size, this computerized project offers extremely easy access for the user, as the encyclopedia’s original combination key provides a simple and logical way to do this.

All the material is based on the first edition of the book (publisher – Chess Informant) (c) 1982-89 with much additional material from Chess Informator Nos. 1-61 (c) 1966-1996. These learning modules for the Chess Academy program are produced by Intelinvest Co. Ltd.

  • Chess Academy database program, tutorial and training program, playing program and chess engine (Chess Academy ver.5.5, full version)
  • Chess Academy database with 1.590.744 chess games without duplicates in exceptionally high quality
  • 2 tutorial and training modules “Encyclopedia of chess combinations”
  • Chess Academy chess engine for playing or analyzing purposes
  • Chess Academy opening books for Chess Engine: “ChampionBook” with about 8.5 mio. positions and GambitBook with about 2.2 mio. positions
  • Chess Academy middlegame book for chess engine with about 8 million positions
  • plays and analyzes games or game fragments from the chess database
  • plays and analyzes tutorial and training examples, studies, test positions
  • creates, edits and merges opening books for Chess Academy chess engine
  • plays videos (supports AVI, WAV files)
  • opens up to 24 games at the same time, edits game header, extended game information
  • provides player and opening statistics in the chess database with all available information
  • shows variants, key squares, important motifs and plans for any position
  • saves games in the chess database with all variants, text and video/audio comments
  • saves variants of the included analysis engine in the game (auto analysis mode)
  • supports other programs (chess engines), supports Thompson’s endgame databases
  • quickly searches for game header, material, exact position, position outlines and maneuvers
  • quickly sorts all games in the chess database by players, source, time period, ECO, moves
  • allows you to create your own opening key positions and middlegame keys in the chess database
  • merges up to 16 chess databases simultaneously
  • creates and manages huge chess databases with up to 16 million games
  • creates datasets of up to 1,048,480 games from the database according to any selected criteria
  • chess datasets can be merged, intersected, subtracted, or saved as a new database
  • prints out games and tutorial examples with diagrams and comments
  • prints out opening and middlegame keys with diagrams in the chess database
  • prints opening overviews with chess tree-shaped diagrams and much more