Breakthrough performance by Pocket Fritz 4 in Buenos Aires

by ChessBase
8/27/2009 – The Mercosur Cup in Argentina is unusual since it is one of the few remaining chess tournaments where a computer is allowed to compete. Not a full quad or oct monster, but the handheld Pocket PC. Last year Pocket Fritz 3 won comfortably, and this year it was Pocket Fritz 4 based on the new Hiarcs 13.0 engine. You don't want to know what the program did in Buenos Aires. Or do you?

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Pocket Fritz 4 in the Mercosur Cup 2009

The global launch of Pocket Fritz 4, based on the Hiarcs 13.0 chess engine, could not have been more auspicious. In this category seven tournament the program, running on a handheld Pocket PC, scored a stunning 9.5/10 points, with an Elo performance of 2938. The program is scheduled to be released in October 2009 – but you can order Pocket Fritz 3.0 for €49.99 today.

Programmer Stanisilav Tsukrov operating Pocket Fritz at the Mercosur Cup 2009

Mario Petrucci, Oscar Panno, Stanislav Tsukrov, Carlos Obregon and a cultural officer

Pocket Fritz 4 - Rodriguez Vila,A (2522) [A44]
Mercosur Cup Villa Martelli ARG (6), 09.08.2009
1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 3.e4 d6 4.c4 Ne7 5.Qb3 Ng6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Bd3 Na6 9.0-0 b6 10.h3 h6 11.Bc2 Nc7 12.Ne2 Bd7 13.Bd2 b5 14.cxb5 Nxb5 15.Qd3 Rb8 16.b4 Nd4 17.Nexd4 exd4 18.a4 cxb4 19.Nxd4 Ne5 20.Qg3 Bh4 21.Qb3 Bf6

Watch the tiny handheld PC outplay a 2522 grandmaster: 22.Ne6 Bxe6 23.dxe6 Nc6 24.e5 dxe5 25.exf7+ Kh8 26.Be3 Na5 27.Qe6 Qc8 28.Qxc8 Rbxc8 29.Bg6 b3 30.Rab1 e4 31.Rfc1 Rxc1+ 32.Bxc1 Be7 33.Be3 a6 34.Bb6 Nc4 35.Rxb3 Ne5 36.Bxe4 Nxf7 37.Rc3 Bf6 38.Rc6 Ne5 39.Rc2 Kg8 40.Bb7 Nd7 41.Bc7 Re8 42.Bxa6 Re1+ 43.Kh2 Ra1 44.a5 Be5+ 45.Bxe5 Nxe5 46.Rc5 1-0.

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Pocket Fritz 3

PocketFritz 3 is the ultimate mobile chess companion, ready to play anywhere and anytime. It may be small in size, but its playing strength is gigantic. Its brand-new chess engine, developed by Mark Uniacke, has a well-balanced positional style with fi rst-class tactical strength. PocketFritz 3 is considerably stronger than its predecessor – the estimated playing strength is 2650 Elo! You can run Pocket Fritz 3 in English, Spanish, Russian, and German.

PocketFritz 3 gives you direct access to the new high-speed online database of games, containing over four million games, developed by ChessBase. Any search will be answered instantly by the ChessBase server, which is kept up-to-date on a weekly basis. You can retrieve all games in which the current position occurred, or review the latest ideas in openings theory, with full statistical information on all moves that can be played and their chances of success.

The improved and enhanced analysis mode of PocketFritz 3 delivers full information on the search, like depth, evaluation and main line. But it can also display multiple lines (best, next best, etc.). You can also install other chess engines, apart from Hiarcs and Crafty, which are not part of the PocketFritz 3 package but will be offered for download. With it you get a tournament tested openings book, over 300 annotated games in PGN format, and search functions for players, tournaments, ECO openings codes and the current board position.

The design, operation and general usability of PocketFritz 3 is superb – after all we are dealing with the younger brother of the world’s finest chess program Fritz. Beautiful piece sets, multiple screen layouts, optimised for different functions, easy entry of moves and comments, display of opening names, help from the built-in chess coach, display of threats, an integrated training system for openings, tactics and endgames – this is what you get with the new program. And some icing on the cake: twelve hours of chess training in the Chess Media Format with audio commentary by GM Daniel King an IM Andrew Martin. PocketFritz3 guarantees fun and enjoyment, genuine chess training and professional online access, anywhere and anytime.

Endgame training with Pocket Fritz

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: PocketFritz 3 runs on Pocket PCs with Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, TouchPad, Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1. For the installation of the program you will need a Windows computer with a DVD drive.

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