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Fritz 15 - English Version

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Evans Gambit for the new generation

The Evans Gambit is an attempt to destroy Black in gambit fashion straight out of the opening. Featuring games of old, and numerous new and exciting ideas, this DVD will give you a genuine and more exciting way of playing the Giuoco Piano.


ChessBase Magazine 174

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Bilbao, Saint Louis and Dortmund) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


How to exchange pieces

Learn to master the right exchange! Let the German WGM Elisabeth Pähtz show you how to gain a strategic winning position by exchanging pieces of equal value or to safely convert material advantage into a win.


ChessBase Magazine Extra 173

A solid concept against Benoni: Learn from GM Pert how to win with the Fianchetto Variation (video). Classics put to test: Robert Ris shows Fischer-Kholmov (1965) with an impressive knight sacrifice by the Russian (video). Plus 44,889 new games.


Master Class Vol.7: Garry Kasparov

On this DVD a team of experts gets to the bottom of Kasparov’s play. In over 8 hours of video running time the authors Rogozenko, Marin, Reeh and Müller cast light on four important aspects of Kasparov’s play: opening, strategy, tactics and endgame.


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.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Highly recommended – Deep Fritz 12 download

4/3/2010 – Fritz is one of the best known and most widely used chess programs in the world. ChessBase recently released the Deep Fritz 12 downloadable version. This is an excellent initiative and allows players in remote locations to receive their software instantly. There are a few restrictions, but many useful features are available.Buying an activation key will lift all restrictions. Review by Zhigen Lin.
Opening Encyclopedia 2016

Opening Encyclopedia 2016

In chess, braving the gap often leads to disaster after a few moves. We should be able to avoid things going so far. The ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia offers you an effective remedy against all sorts of semi-digested knowledge and a means of building up a comprehensive and powerful repertoire.


Deep Fritz 12 Download

By Zhigen Lin

Fritz is one of the best known and most widely used chess programs in the world. Garry Kasparov once said, "I regularly analyze with Fritz." ChessBase recently released the Deep Fritz 12 downloadable version. This is an excellent initiative from ChessBase (previously they just published their software on DVD) and allows players in remote locations to receive their software instantly. Since ChessBase doesn't want to bamboozle the downloader with an infinitely large download size, they have made a few changes compared to the DVD version. This includes cutting down the opening book, database, etc. Click here to see a comparison between the DVD version and the downloadable one.

One added bonus with the downloadable version is that players can now try out the software before buying. I believe this is the first ever version of Fritz to allow this. The 295 MB download file acts as a demo with some functions restricted (mainly engine functions). If the player is happy with the product, they can then purchase an activation key and the restrictions will be lifted. No extra downloads will be necessary.

The programmers have worked very hard to make this version of Fritz very self-intuitive for beginners. The new version boasts a completely redesigned ergonomic interface. There are also a collection of multimedia tutorials at the bottom of the product page.

I was very impressed with the demo version. ChessBase have actually been very generous in the number of features that haven't been restricted. For example, you can freely use their high quality chess set, open and search databases, look over games, play against the computer (Deep Fritz is restricted to one-second searches), use "position setup", play on (one of the largest chess servers in the world, owned by ChessBase) and flip through the opening book.

The demo awards you with a selection of 87,758 games (adapted from Power Book 2010) and an openings book by Alex Kure, with 1,497,114 positions. The book displays interesting statistics and players can flip through the openings book to see which variations are currently trendy.

Players can also test out the Deep Fritz 12 engine. Although the engine is limited to one second of thinking time, it will defeat the majority of players with great ease.

One suggestion, which can also be used as a training tool, is to force Fritz to play with a handicap. To do this, simply press 'S' on your keyboard and remove one of Black's pieces. For beginners, I recommend removing a queen or more. This will make your task much easier. For stronger players, removing a rook at first is perhaps appropriate and as the player builds up confidence, they can advance to removing a minor piece, removing an exchange, etc. This can be a fun way to train your chess and is perhaps more useful than asking the computer to simulate a particular playing strength.

In my opinion, the most useful feature that Deep Fritz has to offer is the ability to enter and analyze games. This is invaluable for an enthusiastic chess player and is probably the largest factor towards chess improvement in general. In Garry Kasparov's book, The Test of Time, he emphasized, "by strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realise that this provides the foundation for the continuous development of chess mastery". I recommend that analysis be done through "infinite analysis" mode (restricted in the demo version), which allows Fritz to give evaluations in the background as you look through your games.

Features that are unlocked after purchasing the activation key include one year premium membership (this is important because it's more useful to play against human opponents than computer ones) and access to the full capabilities of Deep Fritz 12 (i.e. editing/saving games, infinite analysis, etc.).

The Deep Fritz 12 Downloadable Version is highly recommended, especially for beginners and intermediate players who want to take their chess to the next level. Owners of previous versions of Fritz can be encouraged to upgrade for the stronger engine and improved ergonomic interface.


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