79 ( +1 | -1 ) a few referencesHere is a free database that is not limited in the same ways CB light is. scid.sourceforge.net/
Spoting mistakes in games is difficult. You can use the built in engine (fritz 5. something) to look at your moves and find if you made any obvious tactical mistakes. Positional errors are far beyond most computers ability to assess.
here are a list of T-notes that will help you. www.chessbaseusa.com/T-NOTES/etn.htm also you can probably wait a few weeks and when CB 9 comes out you can pick up CB 8 for a bargain. I also like Chess assistant 7 it has some great features and is equal to or better in some ways than CB8 . (did i mention cheaper?)
76 ( +1 | -1 ) CBI do not have CB7 or CB8. I also am just repeating what I heard about CB from someone on a thread at Chessville.com.
The reason I do not have CB is that I did about 2 weeks of research on the web looking at everything I could find about the current crop of database programs. After looking at about a dozen reviews and all the functions and comparing them Chess assistant 7 won. It do everything CB8 can and more. It can read CB files and convert them. (a biggie since so many people produce CB game files) It has more options and better customer service. ( got a same day reply for 2 different questions! AMAZING!) and the biggie! it is vastly cheaper! (IMO CB is over priced since it is so popular and people feel it is the ONLY good database.) Oh did i mention it doesnt have copy protection.