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Simul with GM Bojkov

– Did you ever play against a Grandmaster? GM Dejan Bojkov plays a simul at 8 pm GMT+1 in the Simultaneous room versus Premium members. The early bird catches the worm. Become Premium Member!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


Pawn structures you should know

Every pawn structure has its typical plans and to know these plans helps you to find your way in these positions. On this DVD Mikhalchishin presents and explains the most common central structures: The Hedgehog, the Maroczy, Hanging pawns and the Isolani.


Trompowsky for the attacking player

Tap into your creative mind and start the game on a fresh note. The Trompovsky (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) is an opening outside of conventional wisdom. Create challenges and make your opponent solve problems early on.


The 4...Nf6 Caro-Kann

On this DVD Nigel Davies examines both the Bronstein-Larsen (5.Nxf6+ gxf6) and the Tartakower (5.Nxf6+ exf6) systems and shows how the doubled f-pawn, common to both lines gives Black a range of aggressive plans and ideas.


Sicilian Paulsen Powerbook 2016

In our Powerbook we have brought together all games with the ECO codes B40-B49. Added to 62 000 selected master games from both Mega and correspondence chess there 122 000 high class games from the engine room on playchess.com.


Najdorf Powerbook 2016

The Najdorf Powerbook 2016 is based on a totally incredible number of games: 1.9 million! The lion’s share is provided by the engine room on playchess.com, with the addition of 120 000 games from human experts.


ChessBase Magazine 173

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Shamkir, Paris and Leuven) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 13 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Fritz 12 – learning without the manual

2/2/2010 – It is not a completely trivial task to get to know all the functions of a program as sophisticated as our chess playing flagship Fritz 12. You can browse through the condensed handbook or read the extensive reference manual supplied with the program. But now you can also simply follow multimedia instructions, recorded by an expert. Visit the new Fritz 12 workshop by Nick Murphy.
ChessBase 13 Download

ChessBase 13 Download

ChessBase 13 is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy your chess even more.


Fritz 12 – the flagship chess program

Fritz is the world’s most popular chess program, developed by ChessBase, “the world's leading chess software company” (Washington Post). Version 12 is now available and shipping.

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 gives you Premium Membership to Playchess. Without further costs or obligations you are able to listen to the audio commentary during major events, you can receive live training, play in simultaneous exhibitions against top GMs, watch the TV ChessBase shows and play in league tournaments.

Fritz 12 Workshop with Nick Murphy

It is not a completely trivial task to get to know all the functions of a program as sophisticated as Fritz. Naturally there is an electronic manual in which every aspect of its operation is described in detail. But some people don't read manuals – on principle.

So how can you learn the entire functionality of Fritz 12 without looking in the manual? With an multimedia teacher, that's how. Nick Murphy demonstrates in his video lectures how to use Fritz and all of his functions. Just click on the symbol below and the lecture starts immediately. The first video tells you how to install Fritz 12 on your computer. Click on any of the following links to follow Nick Murphy's lessons.

Screen shots of Fritz 12

Previous articles on Fritz 12

ChessBase Workshop: visualisation training with Fritz 12
05.12.2009 – A very important aspect of chess strength is the ability to "see" things on the chessboard, and see them quickly. Our flagship program Fritz 12 has a number of function – probably unkown to many users – that help you train your visualisation skills. In his latest ChessBase Workshop installment Steven Lopez demonstrates one very useful training function in his streaming video lecture.

Life is Easy – just get Fritz 12
29.10.2009 – "I am slightly jealous of those considering the purchase of Fritz chess software for the first time," writes Louis Lima. "They will find Fritz 12 a breeze to learn and navigate. Previous Fritz owners will find themselves eagerly exploring the readily visible and accessible features. This is without a doubt the most pleasing aspect I found in Fritz 12." Order Fritz 12 now or read this review in Chess Cafe.

Order now – Fritz 12 is shipping
08.10.2009 – The wait is over, the English language version of Fritz 12 is now available and shipping to our customers all over the world. It represents a complete rewrite of the famous Fritz interface. The program has been modernized to comply with Microsoft’s “Fluent UI” standard – anyone who knows Office 2007 will feel immediately at home in Fritz 12. Take a look.

Come and get it! Fritz 12 – you can order now
26.09.2009 – The most popular chess program in the world has become much easier to use. A completely redesigned ergonomic interface, compliant with Microsoft’s “Fluent UI” standard, gives you instant access to all the most important functions. Fritz 12 comes with a Premium Membership to Playchess, worth € 49.90. That, incidentally, is exactly what the Fritz 12 package costs. You can't go wrong.

Order Fritz 12 now

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