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Fritz 13 - Chess Playing and Analysis Program (PC-DVD)
Fritz is the world’s most popular chess program, developed by ChessBase, “the world's leading chess software company” (Washington Post). Whether you are a beginner, club player or professional – Fritz has everything that chess players could want: automatically adjusting playing strength, handicap and coaching functions, explanation of positions, coloured danger warnings, openings statistics, automatic game analysis, trainings modules for openings, tactics, endgames, and a database of one million games. Fritz continues to fascinate the chess world. It has beaten a reigning World Champion in the battle of man vs machine, and it has worked with World Champions as a clever training partner (Garry Kasparov: “I regularly analyse with Fritz”) which will entertain you with fresh and humorous verbal comments.
“Let’s Check” is a world first, it is the
innovation with which Fritz 13 will have the chess
world holding its breath
It is with the help of this new
function that Fritz 13 users world-wide will create
a gigantic database of knowledge. No matter
which position you happen to be analysing, should
you wish to Fritz 13 will send the evaluation of
your engine totally automatically to the “Let’s
Check” server. The best analyses will be included
in the database of chess knowledge. And best of
all: after a short time you will find for almost every
position (and without having to spend time calculating)
high level analysis produced by a strong
chess program or even several analyses produced
by various programs for you to compare. And
in live broadcasts on playchess.com there will
be several hundred computers following world
class games simultaneously and feeding the “Let’s
check” database with profound analysis. Well, if
your analysis goes deeper you can actually gain
more positions from other players and see your
name enter the roll of honour for “Let’s Check”.
Make certain positions your own. No matter
whether you are a beginner, a club player or
a grandmaster, thanks to “Let’s Check” every
chess player is able to contribute to the creation
of this database of knowledge. And what is particularly
good fun: if you have your computer
analyse a position which is not yet known, then
in a flash you have made that position your own
and the analysis is made available to the entire
world of chess players linked to your name.
Who has made the greatest number of positions
his or her own? Well, if your analysis goes
deeper you can actually gain more positions
from other players and see your name enter the
roll of honour for “Let’s Check”.
All opening theory to back you up. Even if you
are not an openings expert, you can be right
up there among the best of them with “Let’s
Check”. Because Fritz 13 provides you all of
opening theory in a statistical tree structure.
The “Live Book” shows you for every position
not only the complete statistics based on the
weekly updated ChessBase Online Database
(over 5 million games) but also how often any
specific continuation has already been accessed
in the “Let’s Check” database and just how
much in fashion it is.*
Improved database management with direct
choice, improved user interface in Windows
Office 2010 style, and the new strong Fritz13
Fritz 13 package includes:
- Fritz 13 playing and analysis program
- Database with 1.5 million games
- 10 hours of Fritztrainer videos with Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand and many others
- 6 months premium membership of playchess.com.
System requirements: Minimum:
Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows
Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 Graphics
card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive,
Windows-Media Player 9 and internet access to
activate the program, playchess.com, Let’s Check
* Access to “Let’s Check” database till
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Fritz 13, like those previous is easy to use and the Database has been improved to Windows Office 2010 standard. This is important as I want database management to be as quick and easy as possible. I log all of my games into my own personal database so I can bring them up, print them off, analyse them, use them in training etc whenever I want. It's just so darned useful. When I was at school in the late seventies I was besotted with chess to the detriment of some of my other learning but I never believed that we would have access to this sort of chess material. How things change - and in this case for the better.
Other features on Fritz 13 include an improved engine, excellent board graphics in 2D and 3D, coaching functions and adjustable playing strength, automatic analysis of games (a really great function), a database of 1.5 million games and ten hours of private video instruction by those GM's I was talking about. Finally - and the real winner for me is a FREE six months premium membership to the world's largest chess server, Playchess.com.
Should you buy it? Well, let me put this in perspective. For around £40 you get all of the above which will, I guarantee give every chess player enjoyment and improve their game if they use it properly. I just bought a round of drinks for some friends and it cost me nearly £40. I topped up my car with fuel and that was over £60 and I bought just a few items of food groceries that cost me £50. None of these will last but Fritz 13 certainly will. It boils down to ones definition of 'need'. If I want to improve my game and have hours of fun playing the game I love above any other then I need Fritz 13. Without it I would feel a little empty. It may 'only' be a computer program but it's been a great companion in the wee small hours of many an evening.
I rate this software as ***** Highly recommended.