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Fritz Chess Twelfth Edition

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
3.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Chess-playing game designed for players of all skill levels
  • Ergonomic interface puts chess-playing tools at your fingertips
  • Enjoy amazing 3D graphics, chess rooms, and virtual opponents
  • World-class coaching with step-by-step instructions on how to win
  • Powerful chess engine; historical database of over 1,000,000 games
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All of the most important chess playing tools are at your fingertips instantly with the new and completely redesigned ergonomic interface. Even faster with the best chess playing functions and features in the world! Enjoy amazing 3D graphics, chess rooms and virtual opponents. A vast host of exciting fearutes and functions await players of all skill levels including world class coaching. Hours of exciting video instruction featuring famous world champions that will show you step by step how to win! Play the game of kings as the king of the game!

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All of the most important chess playing tools are at your fingertips instantly with the new and completely redesigned ergonomic interface. Enjoy amazing 3D graphics, chess rooms and virtual opponents. A vast host of exciting features and functions await players of all skill levels including world class coaching. Hours of exciting video instruction featuring famous world champions that will show you step by step how to win! Play the game of kings as the king of the game!

All of the most important chess playing tools at your fingertips.

All of the most important chess playing tools at your fingertips.Click to enlarge.

Enjoy amazing 3D graphics, chess rooms and virtual opponents.

Enjoy amazing 3D graphics, chess rooms and virtual opponents. Click to enlarge.

Live display of plans and thinking process on the chessboard.

Live display of plans and thinking process on the chessboard. Click to enlarge.

Get into the game even faster with the best chess playing functions and features in the world! All the most important chess playing tools are at your fingertips instantly with the new and completely redesigned ergonomic interface. Enjoy amazing 3D graphics, chess rooms and virtual opponents. A vast host of exciting features and functions await players of all skill levels including world class coaching.

Learn from the World's Finest
Hours of exciting video instruction featuring famous world champions that will show you step by step how to win!

Loads of New Features

  • Updated and fully searchable database of over 1 million games spanning 4 centuries of chess!
  • Dynamic graphic tips for attack and defense
  • Live display of plans and thinking process on the chessboard
  • More efficient position analysis software
  • Human-like Al for the most enjoyable chess challenge ever!
  • And much much more!

Incredible Features

  • New Fritz Engine: even stronger
  • Completely redesigned interface for instant access to all functions and features
  • Ultra fast new 3D graphics include the new "English Room" and a stunning new 3D opponent "Suzie"
  • Further improved Coach, help and learning functions
  • "Hotness" gauge shows how "sharp" your position is. Find out about the "Mate-O-Meter"
  • 12 hours of tutorial chess videos featuring international chess trainers and world class players like chess legend Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Alexei Shirov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov.
  • New Opening book by Alex Kure
  • Rated games with a precise, real-world rating system.

Connect With Chess Players Around the World

  • Games grouped together under headings (tournaments or time controls), making it easier to find the ones you want.
  • Fast search in the players list
  • Friends and titled players displayed with desktop alerts.
  • Multi-watch with many new functions, e.g. time difference display.
  • Separate formulas for humans and computers.
  • A series of games against the same opponent is displayed as a match in the chat window.
  • The games list display includes number of moves (for games and broadcasts).
  • Evaluation profile available in the machine room while playing and watching.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B003B2MLDI
  • Item model number: 603
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 12, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,371 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Fritz is arguably the most commercially-successful and popular chess package available. I started using Fritz at version 6 and have purchased most of the upgrades, up to version 10. With each successive version the whole package has gotten better and better though some of the upgrades were more worthwhile than others (one reason I never purchased version 11). Version 12 is a quantum leap forward, though it is still not perfect.

Installation from the DVD was painless and uneventful. However, there is one issue with the installation that bothered me - the installer never installed a desktop icon or a program group, so I needed to navigate to the installation directory, from which I made a shortcut to the application binary on the desktop. After this step, everything has worked smoothly and I can launch the application without issue.

The interface has gotten a huge facelift - this is not a color scheme change or rearrangement of the menus and toolbars, but rather it is a complete overhaul with Windows ribbon controls serving up the components. Normally, I would be wary of such a large change to the overall interface, but ChessBase has done an excellent job of designing the interface and it is very well-organized. There is a learning curve, though, for people who have grown very accustomed to the older ChessBase interface, as some things are a little difficult to find unless you have familiarity... Given a couple of hours of exploration, the interface becomes second nature and finding things becomes easy again.

The Fritz engine itself is a strong one, able to crush practically any human player (including seasoned grandmasters) with ease when used at full playing strength and it holds its own against other top-drawer engines.
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As a very casual chess player, I decided to give Fritz 12 a try. The program is smart enough to obliterate just about anyone, but you can play the game at several different difficulty levels. It even has a friend mode where the computer determines how strong a chess player you are and plays at close to your level. This is one tough opponent - even in the friend mode. There are also several "personalities" you can play against. Each personality has preprogrammed strengths and weaknesses (including how badly it blunders). You can also change several of their attributes to make them a stronger or weaker player.

Fritz 12 is packed with training tools. You can set the game up so it suggests opening moves; warns you if a square you are about to move to is under attack; give you hints or suggested moves; tell you what your opponent is planning to do; and much more.

The free beginner training videos are good. There are also several sample videos for other topics included, in hopes you decide to purchase additional training videos.

Even at full price this is a terrific training tool and should certainly help you improve your game, even though you may get a bit frustrated if you like to win.
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This game is the best chess program out there that I know of. It plays excellent chess and the pieces look nice. However, when you move the ELO slide to the minimum, it plays really hard, about 1100 ELO rating. I played it at this level using Online Chess Kingdom and Chess master (PSP games) at the highest level vs. fritz set to the min level, and so they lost to fritz. It was easy to tell Fritz wasn't playing at 1100 ELO, but closer to 2000. The PS3 version of Fritz doesn't have this shortcoming, you feel drastic changes at different ELO ratings, but this computer version you don't feel much ELO change. Another shortcoming is that the game freezes if you choose the "render light" option, it slows down significantly if you improve all the graphics in the option menu, and the game flashes once in a while. Some windows don't close despite they have the "x". The clicking sound can be deactivated, but it takes some googling time to find out how. On the positive site, the sense of humor is a unique touch, since playing chess can get really quiet. This game could use more chess sets and picture wall papers like in Chess Master. Everything else, I wouldn't change.
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After I opened this I set up an engine tournament with Fritz 10 and 11 and Crafty 24 and Stockfish 2.2a. I expected Stockfish to win because it used all 4 processors on my computer while all the others were restricted to one processor. Fritz 12 won the tournament by 1.5 points. To test this further I set up a 12 game head to head tournament with Stockfish and one processor Fritz 12 tied four processor Stockfish 6-6. This won me over. I use Fritz 12 to analyze games almost exclusively. The major disappointment was the Fritz trainer samples which were cut down to about 2 and one half minutes each. They became more like advertising "teasers" than real instruction videos. If you are primarily interested in the training aspects of a chess program, I recommend that you get Fritz 10 or one of the latest Chessmaster programs.
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Been trying to play this program for about two weeks. Everything about it seems overly complicated yet poorly programmed. Difficulty levels seem to vary wildly no matter what settings you choose and the tournament games keep freezing up. Then I realized the game was not freezing up, but that I could move my opponents pieces but not my own. Tried doing the online update to see if this would fix the problems and the update kept crashing whenever I tried to install it. Very frustrating.
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