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The “Control” board in the Fritz 13 chess program

Today’s blog post shouldn’t be any kind of major revelatory experience for users of the Fritz “family” of playing programs; it’s probably not going to make a huge impact on the way you use Fritz13 or any of its associated chess playing programs (Hiarcs, Junior, Shredder, or Rybka). But I’m going to show you a potentially useful feature if you’re a regular user of Fritz13′s 3D chess boards. Continue reading

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Removing variations from games using Fritz 13 chess software

We’ve looked at various types of chess engine analysis using Fritz13, including multiple-engine chess analysis in last week’s post, all of which are features in which the chess engine can add replayable variations to a database game. You can also add your own variations to games manually using Fritz13.

But once in a while you may want to remove some variations. For example, you’re annotating a game and have finished and saved a variation, when you suddenly realize that the variation doesn’t work. Or you’ve had three or four chessplaying engines analyze a game and you’d like to remove a few superfluous variations from the gamescore. Continue reading

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The “Compare” chess analysis function in Fritz 13

We’ve already discussed the “Full analysis” and “Blundercheck” analysis functions in the Fritz family of playing programs (Fritz 13, Junior 12, Hiarcs 13, Shredder 12, and Rybka 4). But there’s a third method of analyzing games which we’ve not yet considered. I recently saw a comment in which a user appeared concerned that Fritz only pointed out a user’s errors, and didn’t provide an “attaboy!” for good moves in the analysis modes which we’ve previously explored. My response to that concern is that the “attaboys” are implicit rather than explicit; if Fritz isn’t criticizing a move, then it’s safe to assume that the move was sufficient (at least relatively, given the “Threshold” parameter that’s used in the game’s analysis).

But there is a way to get Fritz’s opinion on every move in a game, as well as to have multiple engines analyze a game in one go. It’s called “Compare analysis”, and it’s the topic of today’s uscfsales.com blog post. Continue reading

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Fritz13′s “chess dashboard”: the Measurements display

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! While we’re on the subject of that holiday, uscfsales.com is having a special sale to celebrate – I’ll give you the details later in this post. But first we’re going to look at a feature from the Fritz “family” of chess playing programs (Fritz 13, Shredder 12, Junior 12, Hiarcs 13, and Rybka 4), namely the “Measurements” pane. It’s a sort of “chess dashboard” which can provide some visual cues about the presence of important tactical or positional motifs in a given chess position. Continue reading

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Generating “threat” identifiers in the Fritz13 chess program

Over the years, I’ve occasionally seen this interesting question appear on chess message boards: “What’s a threat?” For the old chess grognards like myself, that seems like a pretty elementary question, one which we take for granted, but for newcomers to the game the answer may not be at all obvious or intuitive.

Think about it for a moment. How many times do you see the word “threat” (or its various derivations such as “threaten”) used in chess articles, tutorials, annotated games, etc.? As a chess term, it’s pretty ubiquitous, right? Even some of our treasured chess maxims contain the word, such as Nimzovich’s famous “The threat is often stronger than the execution”. Continue reading

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How to get Fritz13 to explain all the moves in a chess position

A typical chess position can contain a couple of dozen (or more!) legal moves, and a beginning player often can become overwhelmed by the possibilities, neither knowing nor understanding the point of a particular candidate move. Likewise, every chess player (regardless of their level of experience) should look at a move his or her opponent has made and always immediately ask, “Now why did he play that?”

It’s not always easy to understand the point of a particular move, whether one is a beginner or a grizzled veteran – heck, I’ve been playing for many years and I still often find myself wondering why a particular move was played. The Fritz family of playing programs (Fritz, Hiarcs, Junior, Shredder, and Rybka), chess playing software which is available from uscfsales.com, contains a feature which can help point you in the right direction when you’re trying to figure out the reason behind a particular move, a feature called (not surprisingly) “Explain all moves”. Continue reading

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How to use the chess Mega Database with ChessBase and Fritz

The new Mega Database 2012 for ChessBase 11 and the Fritz family of playing programs (Fritz, Hiarcs, Junior, Shredder, and Rybka) is here! The ChessBase company updates their master database annually to include new games played over the previous year, as well as to add historical games which have recently been unearthed. The latest version of the database contains 5,154,657 games (an increase of 357,739 games over the 2011 version), as well as 700 tournament crosstables and reports, and an updated Player Encyclopedia for use in ChessBase 11. Among Mega Database 2012′s treasures are more than 78,000 games annotated by titled players.

Over the years, I’ve sometimes heard players say, “Why do I need millions of games? I’ll never play through all of them anyway!” Gee, I don’t know – why do you need a local library? You’re never going to read all of those books. Comments like these illustrate vividly that the point has been missed. A database of five million games (or any chess database of any size, for that matter) is just like a library – you’ll never use everything that’s in it, but what you will use is there for you whenever you want it. Let me show you what I mean with a simple chess example… Continue reading

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Installing Fritz Powerbook 2012 chess software

Fritz Powerbook 2012 provides users of the Fritz family of chess playing programs (Fritz 13, Rybka 4, Junior 12, Hiarcs 13, and Shredder 12) with a broader range of openings than the books which come with those programs. The individual books which ship with the programs are “tuned” to maximize the strengths of a chess engine (favoring open, tactical positions, and steering away from closed positions whenever possible); on the other hand, Powerbook 2012 is based on a compilation of games played between humans, with no artificial “tuning” – therefore Fritz Powerbook users will see their chess playing engines go into lines (such as closed games or speculative gambits) that are usually avoided when the engine’s regular opening book is used. Continue reading

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Fritz13 “Let’s Check” chess software – writing and submitting chess position commentary

One might think that all of the new “Let’s Check” features of the Fritz13 chess playing program revolve around positional analysis generated only by chess engines, but that’s definitely not the case. Fritz13 users can contribute written textual positional analysis, too – and that’s what we’ll learn about in today’s blog post. Continue reading

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An index of uscfsales.com ChessBase and Fritz videos for 2010/2011

A poster to a chess message board recently requested a list of the subjects of my uscfsales.com ChessBase 11 and Fritz 12/Fritz 13 chess software instructional videos on our YouTube channel. After I reflected on that for a while, I agreed that it would be a good idea to create such an index to help our chess friends find the instructions they’re seeking. So here’s a list of my videos from late 2010 through the end of 2011, along with their topics and links to them. Continue reading

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One last chance…

Last week I said that time was running out. The reason why I’m blogging a day early is because the time for you to complete your holiday shopping is now a cat’s whisker away from running out – Chanukah is this week and Christmas is this weekend – and I have some potentially helpful information for you.

We’re down to “last minute” status and you know what that means: if you find that perfect gift online and need to get it in time for the holiday, you’ll likely need to use some form of expedited shipping — two-day or overnight.

Here at uscfsales.com, we’re understand time has a bad tendency to slip away from us, and we want to help you out. That’s why this week we’re offering our BIGGEST SALE EVER – 20% off any purchase from uscfsales.com with the use of coupon code BIGSALE when you checkout an order now through Saturday December 24th, 2011 EXTENDED DATE — SATURDAY DEC. 31st, 2011! We understand that you’re likely going to have to spend extra on shipping at this point in the game, so we’d like to make things easier for you by offering the added discount. Just type BIGSALE in the “Coupon Code” box when you finalize your online order and you’ll receive 20% off the purchase price of your order (excluding shipping and taxes where applicable). Also please be aware that the code has to be entered at the time of purchase to claim your savings.

Uscfsales.com has literally thousands of chess items in our inventory: chess boards, chessmen, clocks, books, instructional videos, computer software, even t-shirts and jewelry! Please pay us a visit and take advantage of our biggest sale ever now through December 24th.

As for me, I’ll be taking the holiday off this year to spend some time with my sons (who are home for the holidays). There will be a new video this Wednesday on our YouTube video channel, but no blog post or video during the week between Christmas and New Year. I’ll be back with a new ChessBase/Fritz tip in this blog on January 3rd. Until then, Happy Holidays, stay safe, and…

Have fun! – Steve Lopez

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Time is running out…

It’s a nightmare scenario. There’s a very particular chessplayer on your holiday list, one who is very selective about his or her choice of chess clock or set, one who is nearly impossible to shop for – and time is running out! There are less than two weeks to go until Christmas and Chanukah is only a week away – what will you do???

OK, I’m being deliberately dramatic, just having fun. But the holidays are almost upon us, sneaking up behind us like a stealthy, deadly ninja, ready to strike…

All right, I’ll stop now. But this next part is no exaggeration – USCF Sales has a knowledgeable staff of professionals who are happy to answer your questions and help you find the perfect holiday chess gift for the chessplayer on your holiday list (or even for yourself, for that matter).

And because we know time is running out, we’re going to make things ever easier for you: from now until Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, you can receive a 15% discount (excluding shipping and tax where applicable) on your next purchase from USCFSales.com – just type the coupon code CHRISTMAS in the box provided when you check out, and your order placed between now and Sunday will receive the discount plus count toward the USCF Sales MyRewards program!

So don’t be caught unaware like a drowsy teller when the holidays suddenly burst through the door like the James and Younger brothers pulling a bank job – get that shopping done with the help of our friendly, professional sales staff and a 15% discount from USCF Sales!

Have fun! – Steve

P.S. I’ll be back here soon with more Fritz & ChessBase chess software tips. In the meantime, check out my new Fritz13 video tip tomorrow on USCF Sales’ YouTube channel!

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Enjoy these Holiday Savings from USCF Sales!

USCF Sales knows how hard it can be to find just the right holiday gifts for chessplayers. That’s why we’d like to call your attention to our massive inventory of thousands of chess-related items like boards, chessmen, books, software, clocks — you name it! And to further help you with your holiday shopping, we’re holding a special sale now through December 11th! Continue reading

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Announcing the USCF Sales “MyRewards” program!

Everyone here at USCF Sales appreciates the chance to help you find the chess products and equipment you need to help you become a better chessplayer, whether those items are books, videos, chess database or playing software, clocks, boards and chessmen – whatever your chess requirements, we’re happy to help. We all like to take this opportunity to say a collective “Thank you!” for your patronage. And to show our appreciation for your repeated business, USCF Sales is pleased to announce our new customer loyalty program, called MyRewards.

It’s pretty simple – every purchase you make from USCF Sales earns you reward points which you can apply to future purchases from us. All you need to do is create an account at uscfsales.com (if you haven’t already done so) and you’ll start earning reward points based on your total purchase amount, points which can be saved up over time or applied to your very next purchase – it’s up to you as to when and how you’d like to redeem your MyRewards points.

You’ll find full details on the USCF Sales MyRewards program here on our website. Sign up today to take advantage of the MyRewards program.

And thanks again for being a USCF Sales customer!

Have fun! – Steve

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Fritz13 – The “Let’s Check” LiveBook

There are quite a few unique aspects to the new Fritz13 chess program’s “Let’s Check” features, all of which center on an online server to which the worldwide community of users are contributing analysis around the clock. One of the “Let’s Check” features is an opening book which is being constantly updated by new analysis, one which every Fritz13 owner can access as the opening book used by our own chess engines (Fritz13 or any other compatible chessplaying program) when we play against them. Continue reading

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