Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Fritz/Rybka/etc. chess program’s shared user interface

I’ve recently received a few panicked phone calls and e-mails from new users of two or more of the Fritz family of playing programs (Fritz, Hiarcs, Rybka, Junior, and Shredder). “I just double-clicked on the Fritz12 icon and it launched Rybka4! How do I get my Fritz back???”

The fact of the matter is, your Fritz didn’t “go” anywhere. Both chessplaying engines share the same user interface – the “wrapper” containing the on-screen chessboard and all of the program’s various user commands. Continue reading

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Automatic multi-game replay in Fritz/Rybka

One of the first features of the Fritz family of chess playing programs (Fritz, Rybka, Hiarcs, Junior, Shredder) learned by new users is how to manually replay database games by using the keyboard cursor keys or the on-screen VCR buttons. But more than a few folks don’t realize that they can load a database and have Fritz, etc. replay the games automatically, one game after the other, while they sit back and watch. Continue reading

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Post-game chess engine analysis: zeroing in

Although I’ve stressed in prior posts that a chess engine, such as one of the Fritz family of playing programs (e.g. Fritz, Rybka, Junior, Hiarcs, and Shredder) can best be used to point out chronic recurring problems in one’s chess play over the course of many games, you can also use a chess engine to zero in on a particular problem point in one of your recent games. 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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After Fritz analyzes your chess games, it’s your turn

After you’ve input your latest games and had one or more of the Fritz “family” of playing programs/chess engines (Fritz, Hiarcs, Junior, Shredder, Rybka) analyze them, what’s next? Continue reading

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The learning process in chess

When I first started in the chess software business a couple of decades ago, I was tasked with teaching people how to use chess engines and databases to help them realize their goal of chess success. I remember how, at that time, I was hit with a sudden realization – in order to fulfill that task, I had to myself learn about how people learn. Continue reading

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