Junior 12 and Deep Junior 12 now available

12/21/2010 – It is not a chess program for children – not by a long shot. Junior, the work of two Israeli programmers, Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky, won multiple computer chess world championships and in 2003 even took on World Champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match in New York, which it drew 3-3 after a startling bishop sac in game five. How about a Christmas gift: the latest Junior?

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Junior 12

The name is perhaps deceptive. Playing against Junior is not necessarily something for children, as Garry Kasparov discovered in a match in New York. He was held to a 3-3 draw by the Israeli program. Junior played in its typically dynamic style, greatly surprising the former World Champion with now-famous bishop sacrifice on h2 that forced him to concede a draw.

Junior has its own special search techniques and evaluation functions, which makes it different to any other chess program. It is enterprising and entertaining, sacrificing material for initiative whenever it sees a chance, providing new ideas in traditional positions against man or machine. Written by Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky, Junior has won multiple World Computer Chess Championships, and now, in version 12, its playing strength has been further increased – by around 200 Elo points, compared to the previous version 10 published by ChessBase. You can look forward to a world class grandmaster when you install the new program on your computer.


Kasparov playing Deep Junior, operated by Amir Ban, in New York in 2003

What you get with Junior 12:

  • Junior 12 chess engine (32 bit)
  • The latest openings book by GM Alon Greenfeld
  • The Fritz 12 GUI
  • Photo realistic chessboards in five different designs
  • Database of 1.5 million chess games
  • Twelve months free access (Classic) to the world’s biggest chess server Playchess.com

Price: €49.99 incl. VAT – €41.93 without VAT (for Customers outside the EU) – US $55.16 (without VAT)

What you get with Deep Junior 12:

  • Two Deep Junior 12 chess engines, (32 and 64 bit, up to 40 cores)
  • The latest openings book by GM Alon Greenfeld
  • The Fritz 12 GUI
  • Photo realistic chessboards in five different designs
  • Database of 1.5 million chess games
  • Twelve months free access (Classic) to the world’s biggest chess server

Price: €99.90 incl. VAT – €83.95 without VAT (for Customers outside the EU) – US $110.44 (without VAT)

System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), Windows 7, DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9, internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation). Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation).

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