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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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The “piece path” special annotation in ChessBase 11

I’ve recently been editing some pre-1930 chess games for publication and came across this interesting one from the 1914 St. Petersburg tournament. It involves an unusual amount of Queen maneuvering, which will also give me an opportunity to demonstrate one of the special visual annotation forms available to ChessBase 11 users. Continue reading

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