One for everyone: Fritz Online

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5/11/2016 – Fritz Online is always ready and willing to play against you, no matter if you have a PC, a Mac or want to play on a tablet - and with levels from "beginner" to "grandmaster" he adapts to your strength. On top of that he offers access to the Live Book, automatically saves games in the cloud, and much more. All you need is a Premium Membership and a browser.

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Tactics against Fritz

Matthias Wüllenweber presents Fritz Online

Trying tactics against computers - that does not sound like much fun but rather hopeless. After all, if the game gets tactical most players stand no chance against the machine.

But what if the chess program is an opponent who always strives for tactical complications but then has mercy and intentionally fails to play the best and most brutal move? This would lead to entertaining games in which attacking is fun. Fritz 15 is such an opponent - if he plays as a "friend". In this mode the computer measures your playing strength in the various phases of the game (opening, middlegame, endgame) and automatically adapts to it.

The web version now offers a slightly simplified version of this mode. It allows you to test and to improve your skills and to have a lot of fun playing online against the computer. In fact, it is easier to weaken the computer online because Fritz is slower when running on a browser.

You quickly get used to the fact that the program blunders when it plays as „Amateur“ or „Club Player“ and is under pressure. Here, sharpening the play is often a good strategy and sacrificing pawns for an attack often leads to success.

Not to forget the new function „Assisted Play“: If this function is activated and you click on the piece you want to move, all squares to which this piece can go are highlighted. Green says go but red says no, that is, moves to squares that are highlighted in green are tactically sound, while moves to squares that are highlighted in red are tactical blunders. This stops you from making stupid mistakes and makes you ask „What's wrong that move?“- which in turn leads to some calculation that helps you to get better.

If you play against the Web-App of Fritz on "Beginner", "Amateur", or "Club Player" level, the program is looking for chances for you. You do not need much experience to beat the "Beginner" level and on "Amateur" level an experienced player can win without too much effort. But the most interesting level is "Club Player": Here the engine plays natural, positionally logical moves but makes subtle mistakes or allows you hidden tactical possibilities.

[Event "Level - Club Player"] [White "Matthias"] [Black "Fritz"] [Site ""] [Result "1–0"] [Date "0.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. 0-0 e5 9. Nd2 exd4 {Here 9... 0-0 is the main move but in its incarnation as a "Club Player" Fritz has only limited opening knowledge.} 10. cxd4 cxd4 11. exd4 Nxd4 12. Bb2 {The lead in development and the active bishops would well be worth a pawn against a human.} Qb6 13. Nb3 Nc6 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Qf3 Ne5 16. Qxf6 Rg8 {Club Player Fritz intentionally makes an imprecise move. Better was 16.... 0-0.} 17. Bxh7 Rg4 18. c5 {Now the game seems to play itself.} Qd8 19. Qh8+ Ke7 20. cxd6+ Qxd6 21. Nd2 $2 {21... Sf3 was threatening but this move has a tactical drawback. 21.Kh1 or 21.Tfe1 are better. [#] } Qd5 $2 {Fritz is kind and "misses" the direct win. Threatening mate looks good, but...} (21... Rxg2+ $3 22. Kxg2 Bh3+ 23. Kxh3 Rxh8 {is a line Fritz spots immediately if playing as "Master".} )22. Be4 Qxd2 23. Qxe5+ Be6 24. Rfd1 Qe2 25. Qc5+ Kf6 {Here White had already touched the bishop to win the exchange with the double attack Bf3. But the square f3 was blinking in red, signalling danger - ups, Fritz would simply take...} 26. Qc3+ Kg5 27. Bf3 Qc4 28. Qe5+ Kg6 29. Bxg4 Bxg4 30. Rd4 Qc8 31. Qg3 f5 {Fritz resigns sometimes but if he spots a way to get mated he allows you to mate him.} 32. h3 Qc5 33. Rad1 Kf7 34. hxg4 Rh8 35. Rd7+ Qe7 36. gxf5 Qxd7 37. Rxd7+ Kf8 38. Qb8#

„Assisted Play“: The target squares are highlighted

Hint: can also enrich your website: one line of HTML code is enough to embed the program in various sizes on your website. Here's an instruction how to do that (in English):

And that's how Fritz will appear after being embedded on your website. Just make a move and start a game.


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