How about a nice game of chess?

by Albert Silver
2/5/2015 – Do you long for a quick fun game against Fritz, but miss the days when that did not necessarily mean being brutalized by the machine? ChessBase has just the thing for you. Among its newest series of apps for the web is Fritz 14, designed specifically to be played against. It can be an easy friendly game, will give you hints, and allow takebacks. And above all, it can be beaten.

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Playing against an engine is usually an exercise in frustration, in which the only question is how long you can hold out from the inevitable. As a result, engines such as Fritz 14 are almost exclusively used to analyze our mistakes. In this new web app, the idea is to bring back the fun. It will play quickly, easily, see some things, and miss others, much like a human, and you can set it to a harder game.

The first thing is to go to the page Fritz.Chessbase.Com There you will see the board, hear
the familiar sound of pieces being set up, and a few options below.

The smiley face button, switched on by default, is to set the level at easy. If you want a greater
challenge, still beatable, click on it to turn it off.

If you feel a bit stumped during the game, and would like Fritz to give you a hint, click on the "?"
and it will start calculating a hint.

When it is done, it will show its suggestion with a green arrow.

If you want to take back your move, or even more than one move, just click on the arrow
at any time. No beeps, and no complaints.

And of course, if you want to start a new game, just press the button circled above

Fritz Online is designed to be a friendly, easy opponent, with casual options for a quick game whenever you want. Enjoy!

Click here to access Fritz Online



Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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Bertman Bertman 2/5/2015 09:53
There is no download. Just click on the link and play.
tigerprowl tigerprowl 2/5/2015 09:38
I don't see a download link.
tigerprowl tigerprowl 2/5/2015 09:37
Ok, how do we download it?
Bertman Bertman 2/5/2015 08:12
Just because it *can* be beaten, doesn't mean it *will* be beaten. The point is that it is not an inevitable result. If the default Easy level is too easy to be fun, turn it off, and get a harder engine.

In any case, remember it is a link on the web that anyone can just open for a game, without needing any additional software.
gmwdim gmwdim 2/5/2015 06:35
I fail to see the appeal of an engine made intentionally weaker to allow the human to beat it. Don't all commercial chess programs already have handicap modes?
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