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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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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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Fritz/Rybka’s post-game chess analysis: the small picture and the big picture

In continuing our examination of the post game chess analysis provided by the Fritz family of playing programs (Fritz, Rybka, Hiarcs, Junior, and Shredder), I’m going to use an example from one of my own recent games to illustrate how these chess engines can simultaneously provide you with both specific and general information. Continue reading

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Interpreting Fritz/Rybka’s game analysis

We’ve been examining the process of post-game chess analysis using the Fritz “family” of playing programs (Fritz, Rybka, Junior, Hiarcs, and Shredder). As we’ve discussed previously, you can have a chess engine analyze every game you’ve ever played but unless you take a close look at that analysis and, most important of all, understand what that analysis is showing you, it’s just a waste of electricity. A chess engine can be a valuable tool for guiding your chess study, but only if you take the time to carefully look at its analysis of your games. 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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“Blundercheck” analysis mode in Fritz/Rybka

Last time around we learned how to analyze a chess game using the “Full analysis” mode in Fritz and its related playing programs (Rybka, Hiarcs, Junior, & Shredder). “Full analysis” is a decent tool for chessplayers (especially beginners) who don’t want to be overwhelmed by long, and sometimes complex, variations and who would rather have verbal cues and symbolic notation instead of numeric evaluations. But for players who are a bit more advanced and aren’t afraid of numbers, there’s another analysis mode available. “Blundercheck” provides precise numerical evaluations – you’ll not only see that the chess engine’s suggested variation is better than what was actually played, you’ll see exactly how much better. Continue reading

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“Full analysis” mode in Fritz12 and Rybka4

In the last blog post we mentioned the most useful feature of your chess software program(s), one which tabletop and handheld standalone chess computers lack: the ability to analyze complete games. Today we’re going to start exploring these game analysis features, specifically the ones in the Fritz12 interface (also shared by the ChessBase versions of Rybka4, Hiarcs13, Shredder12, and Junior12). 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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Automatic opening citations in ChessBase 11

In our last blog post we looked at using Fritz Powerbook to manually find deviations (a.k.a. novelties) in our own games while reviewing them. It’s a great use of Powerbook and, while it takes a bit of time to perform this type of check, you can learn a lot about the opening by manually stepping through your games: Continue reading

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Using Fritz Powerbook to find opening deviations

Fritz Powerbook has a number of different uses: it can be an expanded opening book for the Fritz family of playing programs, it can be a statistical tool for researching openings, it can be used for finding opening transpositions. Yet another interesting use for Powerbook is to find the spots in your own games where you or your opponent departed from “known” opening practice. Continue reading

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Copying Fritz Powerbook 2011 to your hard drive

If you’ve had experience using any version of Fritz Powerbook (updated annually for many years now), you already know that it’s a valuable research tool; you can step through a “tree” of opening variations and see a statistical breakdown for all of the millions of positions which are in that tree. You likely also know that using Fritz Powerbook as an alternative opening book for any of the Fritz “family” of chessplaying programs (Fritz, Rybka, etc.) provides the chess engine with a much broader range of openings than the default book which comes with the program.

What some users don’t know is Continue reading

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