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New Fritz13 chess playing and analysis software

Fritz13 is here! The long-awaited chess playing and chess analysis software is at USCFSales right now. The program includes the new Fritz13 engine, plus exciting new features to enhance your chess analysis experience. Continue reading

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Infinite chess analysis mode in Fritz/Rybka

I’ve had a couple of interesting conversations lately with users of the Fritz “family” of playing programs (Fritz, Rybka, Hiarcs, Junior, and Shredder) who weren’t quite sure what “Infinite analysis” does, or, in one case, what it can do for them. “Infinite analysis” has a lot of uses, all based on the idea that you feed a position to the chess engine and let it chew on the position to find the best sequence of play. It’s not terribly different from the way we human analyze when we’re playing a face-to-face game: we try to figure out the best move, followed by our opponents’ best reply, followed by what we’d do next, etc. – it’s the old “If I do this, he’ll do this, then I’ll do this…” thing. The difference is that a chess engine will look much farther ahead (“deeper”) than any human could do, as well as pick better moves than we average players would normally choose. Continue reading

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Some interesting analysis output from Fritz/Rybka chess software

We’ve looked at a lot of information over the last few posts to this blog, so we’re going to take a short pause today and catch our collective breath a little bit before proceeding. Admittedly I did cover things a little backward in those past posts, as I’d first received numerous requests for information on the analysis features of the Fritz “family” of chess playing programs (Fritz, Rybka, Junior, Hiarcs, and Shredder). Partway through that short series of blog posts, I began to receive requests on game input (how to add your personal games to a database). So that’s why we discussed analysis first and game input second. Continue reading

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Color coding chess variations in ChessBase 11

In the last couple of blog posts, we examined a number of different ChessBase 11 toggles which allow you to avoid the dreaded “wall of text” effect when you are reviewing a game containing multiple variations occurring at a single branching point: Continue reading

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Changing the position of variations in ChessBase 11

In Tuesday’s post we learned how to change the appearance of variations in ChessBase 11. You’ll recall that we ended up with the following display in the Notation pane: Continue reading

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A great ChessBase 11 keyboard shortcut

Nearly every user of ChessBase 11 will, at some point, wind up entering games by hand (and probably annotating them as well). In fact, a majority of users immediately create databases of their own tournament and casual games once they find their way around the software. Continue reading

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More ChessBase 11 opening book options

Today we’ll take a look at a couple of additional (and useful!) opening book options which you can toggle “on” or “off” in ChessBase 11. Continue reading

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ChessBase opening tree statistics

In our last blog post, we saw how to get extended opening statistics from a ChessBase 11 tree. Today we’ll look at the numbers themselves, as well as an additional (and very useful) statistical display. Continue reading

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ChessBase 11’s extended book display

Viewing opening books (also known as opening trees) such as Powerbook 2011 using ChessBase 11 can provide valuable information when you’re researching openings; you can bang through a series of moves and see statistics on how well (or poorly) specific moves and variations have fared in practical play. Continue reading

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ChessBase 11 – finding an opening’s ECO code

One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve encountered over my years in the chess software business is “How do I find the ECO [Encyclopedia of Chess Openings] code for a particular opening?” There are a couple of different ways to do this using ChessBase 11, both by itself and in concert with the Mega Database’s opening key. Continue reading

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Organizing your ChessBase 11 search results

You’ll recall that in the last blog post I showed you two ChessBase 11 shortcuts: how to quickly set up a position search, and how to search multiple databases in one pass. A multi-database search can yield an awful lot of “hits”, so how do you start sifting through all that material? Continue reading

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Multi-database searches in ChessBase 11

I’m often asked whether it’s possible to search more than one database at a time in ChessBase 11; I’m happy to report that the answer is an emphatic “YES!” Continue reading

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Fritz Opening Trainer: Unorthodox Chess Openings

I’ve decided to blog about something easy (for me, anyway) today. I’ve been sick as a dog for several days, as sick as I’ve been for five or six years (and I’m not fishing for sympathy here – I’m just explaining why this post will be fairly short), and being laid up has given me the chance to finally have a look at a Fritz Opening Trainer DVD I’ve been meaning to peruse: Valeri Lilov’s Unorthodox Chess Openings. Continue reading

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Creating Player Dossiers in ChessBase 11

The ChessBase 11 chess database program provides its users with a cornucopia of useful tools for information gathering. Some of these tools actually qualify as a toolbox all on their own – they provide “one-click” access to a bundle of separate (but related) functions which are all carried out in a single operation. The Player Dossier is one such function: it creates separate windows for a player’s White and Black repertoires, as well as a text window which provides fast access to a great deal of information about the player in question. Continue reading

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Graphic statistic displays in ChessBase 11

You’ll recall that in the last blog post we were performing ChessBase 11 searches for Magnus Carlsen’s games, then looking at his results as White and Black as separate pie charts. This time around we’re going to look at other statistical displays available in the ChessBase software. Continue reading

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