Kasparov on progress in computing
In his greetings
to the 25th Anniversary
of ChessBase Garry Kasparov finished with an admonition: “Success
very often is the enemy of future success. With all the work you have done,
ChessBase has turned into some kind of Microsoft in the world of chess. So I
wish ... that you will move on, by doing a great job, but creating something
new and elevating chess computers, chess programs, the virtual world of chess
to a new level. Changing the world once is not enough.”
We have taken this advice very seriously, and here are the results: a new version
of our very strong Fritz 13 program with a revolutionary new function which,
in our opinion, is set to change the world of chess a second time.
13 with "Let's Check"
Let us give you a summary of what's coming your way. Fritz 13 has a lot of
interesting improvements, listed at the bottom of this page. But the one new
development that really stands out is a function called "Let's Check".
Essentially this is the ability to check whether anyone else has already analysed
the position you are currently looking at. Say you have run across a very interesting
idea in a complicated line. Normally you switch on your chess engine and wait
for a bit – the longer, of course, the better – until it comes up
with a hopefully reliable evaluation of the position.
How about the following: if someone else has already done exactly what you
are doing, and is willing to share the results with other users, wouldn't it
be nice to get his evaluation and main line, calculated to a great depth on
a very powerful machine, instantly, with zero seconds delay? Well, that's exactly
what Let's Check offers: profit from analysis that has already been done by
others, contribute your own engine output to the "cloud".
To make it clear: opting into the Let's Check system does not mean you will
get analysis by random chess players dumped on you – reams of variations
no one is really interested in. It simply means that you will get certified
engine analysis – the evaluation and main line – from powerful machines
that have already worked on the position that is currently on the board. What
you do with these results, which lines you follow or deepen, is left to you.
Naturally you can always opt out of the system, even temporarily, if you do
not want to share your own engine results in an unexplored position. This will
probably be of great importance to top GMs who are preparing for a tournament
or match. Who would want the opponent to profit from his own work? Switching
Let's Check on and off is just a single click of the mouse.
There is a lot more to be said about the new system, but we will save that
for a series of instructional articles that we will publish in the near future.
One last thing we would like to draw your attention to: Fritz 13 provides a
"Live Book" which is the biggest and most comprehensive openings repertoire
ever created. It resides in the "cloud" and you have instant access
to it wherever you are. And it is constantly being updated, not on a week-by-week
or even day-by-day basis, but second-by-second. You can watch that happen when
you are following a live broadcast on Playchess: the moves of the players go
into the Live Book the instant they are played, and remain available to anybody,
anywhere, at any time and on any hardware. All you need is an Internet connection.
Fritz 13 – The Truly Great Chess Program
Join the community! “Let’s Check” is a revolutionary
new feature of Fritz 13 that will change the chess world. With it Fritz 13 users
can join a world-wide community that will put together a giant knowledge base
for chess. Whenever you analyse a position to any meaningful depth with your
chess engine Fritz 13 will, if you allow it, send the main line and evaluation
to a central server, to be shared by all participating users. Soon you will
be able to find deep analysis to almost every position you look at – instantly,
pre-generated by the finest engines in the world, running on the most powerful
machines around. Gone are the days where you would have to wait for your computer
to reach substantial depth in order to make sure you are not falling into a
trap. You will even be able to see the analysis of different chess engines and
compare their results – all without a second of wait time.
“Discover” a position! It does not matter whether
you are a beginner, a club player or a Super-GM. If you use a powerful engine
to analyse a hitherto unknown position with the Let’s Check function switched
on, you will be automatically registered as the “discoverer” of
that position. The system keeps lists of all the great discoverers of chess
“Conquer” chess positions! Let’s Check keeps
updating the evaluations to any given position with newer, deeper analysis as
this becomes available. Using powerful machines and the latest engines allows
you to “conquer” positions, with your name attached to the newest,
deepest analysis. You can also add comments to your analysis, which other users
will see when they encounter the position.
Even if you are not a great openings expert you can become one using Let’s
Check. The entire body of modern openings theory is built into the system, and
Let’s Check provides you instantly with the latest statistics of any position
in the opening: how often did it occur, which moves were played, with what success.
The openings book is updated on a weekly basis and will show you which variations
are currently topical and how good they are. It will also reveal which lines
are being analysed and debated in the international community, and with what
Using Let’s Check while watching top games live on the Playchess server
becomes an experience in itself. Not only do you have the latest openings and
statistics at your disposal, you can also see the results of the most powerful
computers and engines that are logged into the server – total information
on any computer, in the blink of an eye.
Other features of Fritz 13: improved and enhanced database management, improved
user interface in Windows Office 2010 standard, new and more powerful Fritz
13 engine, especially tuned for deep analysis.
Naturally Fritz 13 continues to offer chess players everything they need to
study and train: professional board graphics, engine management, adjustable
playing strength, coach functions, move explanation, automatic game analysis
and commentary, training modules for openings, tactics and endgames, professional
printing of games and diagrams, a database of 1.5 million games, five hours
of private video instructions by grandmasters.
And the icing on the cake: six months of free premium membership to the world’s
largest chess server: Playchess.com.
Got it all? ... No?
Nick Murphy explains the new Fritz 13 function "Let's Check"
in his video
tutorials. Watch and wonder!
Price: 49.90€, shipping immediately, per download or
When you click on the "To Cart" button you will get a choice of ordering
the program on DVD to be delivered by post or whether you want it right away
as a download from the shop.