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Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend

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Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016

We have included the whole E00-E59 complex in our “Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016”. It is based, e.g., on 45 000 games from the Mega database and 4000 correspondence games. The lion’s share is made up of the 245 000 games from the engine room.

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Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook 2016

For the Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook we once again used above all high grade material: 90 000 games from Mega and from correspondence chess, but these are of high quality. Added to that are 410 000 games from the engine room on playchess.com.

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The Semi-Slav

The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6) can arise via various moveorders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black’s most fascinating replies to 1 d4. Nielsen explains in detail what this openign is all about.

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The Black Lion - an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6 – and now Black wants to attack with an early ...g5.

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Power Play 23: A Repertoire for black with the Queen's Gambit Declined

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black with the QGD. The repertoire is demonstrated in 10 stem games, covering all White’s major systems: 5 Bg5, 5 Bf4, and the Exchange Variation.

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Power Play 24: A repertoire for black against the Catalan

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy king.

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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.
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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 Playchess.com (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 Playchess.com 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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