Deep Fritz 10: it is a question of speed

11/29/2006 – Fritz 10 is already a beast, one of the most powerful chess playing entities on the planet. In its multi-processor version, Deep Fritz 10 runs almost twice as fast on the modern dual core computers, giving you not just additional playing strength, but also the critical seconds you need when analysing with the computer. You can order it now or read more details here.

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Deep Fritz 10 – Multiprocessor Version

You know about Fritz 10, the latest racehorse in the ChessBase stable. Links describing some of the features are at the bottom, and more articles will follow.

"Deep Fritz 10" is the multiprocessor version of Fritz 10. The program will run on multiple processors or multiple cores, making use of the additional computational power to speed up the overall performance of the program. Incidentally this is not possible with the regular Fritz 10, which will use the resources of just one processor in a multi-processor environment.

Running on a Intel Core 2 duo system, which is fast becoming the entry level computer hardware today, Deep Fritz 10 will give you a speedup of about 1.8 as opposed to a single-processor system. This means it will run at 1.8 million positions per seconds instead of one million on a single-core system of similar speed.

Speed is critical in computer chess, not just if you happen to be playing against world champion Vladimir Kramnik (iIn the current match in Bonn, Germany, Deep Fritz is running on a very fast dual processor dual core system which gives it around nine million positions per second). Speed also matters when you are analysing critical positions. Normally you will not devote three or more minutes to every postion on the board – serious players tend to run through openings lines, testing ideas they wish to play and pausing for just ten or fifteen seconds at each position to see if there are any "holes" in their plans. Sometimes the extra 80% of speed can make the difference between victory and defeat.

With Deep Fritz 10 you get the same results as Fritz 10, just a lot quicker. Instead of having to wait three minutes for the dramatic refutation to appear on the screen, it is there in 100 seconds; and shallower tactics are found in ten seconds instead of 18. That may not sound like much, but when you have hundreds of moves to test, and time is critical, you will be very thankful that the program is giving you the correct answers in almost half the time it would normally take.

So the best strategy for the ambitious chess player is to have a Core 2 Duo machine (the best for computer chess at the current time, followed closely by AMD's dual core systems) and run Deep Fritz on it. The dual core technology also allows you to run multiple engines more smoothly: for instance you can run Deep Fritz in single-processor mode and have Junior 10 or Shredder 10 using the second core to produce an alternative opinion on the current board position.

What you get

New in FRITZ 10: enhanced and improved chess engine developed especially for the 2006 Kramnik vs Fritz match; extended openings book; updated database; dynamic graphic tips for attack and defence; improved graphics and move entry on the 2D board; new high resolution 3D piece sets in classical wood; live display of the thinking process on the chessboard; more efficient position analysis.

New chess server features: additional ranking lists, full rankings for all players, filters for challengers with bad Internet connections, new and simple video conference function, bullet lists in the engine room, animated global weather display, direct link to Google Earth.

System requirements: Minimum: Pentium 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2, DVD ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9. Recommended: Pentium III 1.4 GHz or higher, 256 MB RAM, Windows Vista, GeForce5 or compatible graphics card with 64 MB RAM or higher, 100% DirectX compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 9, DVD ROM drive. Fritz is Windows Vista ready!

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