Released in 2022. New features: New data format, engine analysis renovated, pearl search, optimized program interface, new clearer search mask, intelligent position input, control via One-Drive, newly structured game notation, modern integrated browser, more insight, dark mode, dozen of detail improves for improved usability.

Application Details:

Version: 17
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 9.5

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Tested so far:
database search, games, reference and variations

old 2D board, moving pieces and moving through a game
position set-up
databases with text (ebooks) their boards and hyperlinks

What does not

Installation out of the box, see workarounds
Pieces not drawn in 'Use new 2D board' - should untick in Board tab
3D raytraced board is very slow (may be acceleration or hardware issue)
3D board doesn't complete initialising
Media (Fritz Trainer) doesn't play nor open properly
Text sections from Fritz Trainer or opening reports do not display
Resizing was causing recoverable exceptions
Contents of a DVD not always displaying
Engines don't load


Install on a windows machine using the activation key
Use scp or another tool to copy the ChessBase directory to wine on the linux box
Requires winetricks vcrun2017 for mfc140.dll
Required copying of mfplat.dll from System32 on the Windows (10) machine to wine as the version on wine couldn't be loaded

What was not tested

Initial test: Most features were not tested beyond loading games from a database and moving pieces, running through a database game.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

I think bronze is reasonable at this stage given the troubles including installing, activating, default boards, slowness, locks-up/crashes. If most features seem to work after a bit of use, then maybe it's just about deserving of silver. A more complete test of features will be done soon. ChessBase 11 despite age and clunkyness would be a better choice for a less technical user as it can work out of the box and mostly works.

Update: With engines broken being a major part, I think Bronze is the right choice.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentopenSUSE Leap 15.4Apr 03 20249.5No, but has workaround Yes YesBronzeDavid 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
56512 Chessbase 17 does not recognise valid key on install UNCONFIRMED View
56519 Unable to start chess engine in ChessBase 17 UNCONFIRMED View
56520 ChessBase 17 doesn't draw pieces on new 2D board UNCONFIRMED View
56521 ChessBase 17 3D board hangs when opened and isn't drawn UNCONFIRMED View
56958 ChessBase 17 crashes after splash screen RESOLVED FIXED View

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