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This manual contains a description of all the basic functions of the program. A complete description and documentation can be found in the online help, along with numerous examples of how to use the program. Please note that due to last-minute modification some of the functions of the program may differ slightly from these instructions. The basic functions of the Windows operating system are not given in this manual. You will find a description of these in the documentation you received with your operating system. Please check that the program DVD contains a text file (readme.doc or liesmich.txt) with the latest information.
Fritz 12 runs on PCs with Pentium III 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX 9, a graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9. This is the minimum configuration. For better operation we recommend a PC Intel Dual Core or better, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows Vista or Windows 7, DirectX 10, a graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, a 100% DirectX 10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive.
Note: Fritz 12 does not work with Windows 95/NT/98/2000.
Fritz cannot be started directly from the DVD. You must first install the program on the hard disk of your computer. To do so, do the following: 1. Switch on your computer and start Windows. 2. Put the Fritz DVD-ROM in the computer’s DVD-drive. 3. The Fritz installation program starts automatically. If not, click on Start and select “Run” from the menu. 4. In the text box, type: d:setup (if required replace d: by the appropriate letter for your DVD-ROM drive) and click on “OK”. 5. In the dialog box click the button “Next” in order to install Fritz on your computer’s hard disk. 6. The installation process will now start and the program will first request a path. If you do not wish to use the defaults of the installation program, you can choose a user-defined path. Click on the “Browse” button to select the path and then click “Next”. We recommend that you install the program in the default path. 7. As the next step, you will be asked for the path for the openings books and databases. If you do not wish to use the one suggested, you can once more use “Browse” and “Next” to select your own user-defined path. 8. As a final step you have to specify which components are to be copied to the hard disk. Standard installs and configures Fritz with the most frequently used options and settings.
Minimal installs only those components which are absolutely necessary for the functioning of the program. The option User defined is intended only for experienced users who wish to install Fritz according to their own specifications. Click on “Next” to complete the installation of the program. 9. The final option offered is the installation of Direct X. You should agree to the installation of this component if you want to make use of the new 3D graphics in the program. Even if you already have the latest version of Direct X installed, accept the installation of the program. The installer will check your actual configuration and simply adjust those components which are required for use by the 3D graphics. Note: The complete program documentation for Fritz and Playchess.com can be found in the online help for the program, which can be launched at any point by pressing F1. The help file has a print function. You can print any subject in which you are particularly interested.
2 Entering the serial number
On the outside cover of this instructions booklet you will find a serial number. The program will ask you to enter it and the extra four security characters after the installation is completed.
Confirm the entry with OK.
After launching your program with the serial number, please register the program via the Internet. You will find in the user menu the entry “Activate”.
Take note of the instructions for activation in the online help function of the program!
4 Your first start
On starting the program, you are presented with three options to select from: 1.) Play Fritz starts the chess program. You can play against the program straight away, train or analyse. 2.) Playchess.com: A click on this button takes you, if you are connected to the Internet, to the ChessBase server Playchess.com. From there you can make use of a variety of possibilities, e.g. play chess against others, analyse games or chat. You will find a complete description of the contents of the chess server below or in the online help. 3.) Chess course loads the chess course which is supplied with your program. When you start Fritz you will see a dialog box, into which you can enter your name. The program will refer to this name in the comments and when evaluating rated games. Use the option Skip on program start, to decide whether you wish to see this dialog each time you start the program or not. Should you later wish to change any details, then access the dialog via the menu Application Menu – User info. In the dialog you are asked about your playing strength. If you click on “Hobby player” an easy playing level will be automatically preselected, and you will get long game notation and coordinates around the board.
Application menu – Activation: After you have activated the program, your program is registered. You will find further information on this in the online help.
6 Fritz and the Internet
On www.playchess.com you will find a variety of up-to-date information from the world of chess, tips and tricks for our programs and support. In addition to information about the program and updates, you also find here answers to questions about the use of the program and free downloads.
7 Normal operation All the various functions of the program are started by ribbons. close the window or access context specific functions. A click on one of these. A Ribbon (also called a “band”) is a graphical concept for programs which link together the elements of menu and browser symbols. These so-called ribbons were first implemented by Microsoft in Office 2007.g. For example. You will find the Application menu in the upper left-hand corner of the program window. does not open a menu. As you do so.1 Right click A right click with the mouse in any of the program windows will open a context menu. This is where important settings and primary functions of the program can be accessed. “Insert” or “Board”.g. e. 4 . many functions can be accessed via a right click with the mouse and by keyboard commands. Here you can choose settings for that window. 7. the choice of board or offers on chess server. “Home”. According to the context.g. 7.2 The keyboard A series of frequently used functions can be accessed directly with the help of the keyboard. e. This concept offers many advantages in your daily work with Fritz. In addition. your work goes more quickly and smoothly. One very important function within this concept is the Application menu. Since the functions are listed in order of frequency of use. At the top of the program window there are – as in traditional menus – words representing various groups of commands. there are different icons visible for the program functions in the specific work situation you are in. starting the options dialog. The easiest way to see the relevant keyboard shortcuts is by moving the mouse over one of the ribbons. e. functions you want can be accessed more quickly. however. Another important component is the Icon List. the relevant hotkey is displayed. via which frequently used functions can be accessed with a single mouse click. but displays a ribbon containing the relevant commands. Each “Menu” then has its own ribbon with symbols.
Beginners are sometimes surprised when a pawn is captured “en passant”: “if a pawn makes a double move and in doing so comes on to the square next to an opposing pawn. computer game. When entering the move on the 2D board. When you start your program in future. 8. a computer vs.g.Offer draw offers a draw. automatic analysis. 8. To castle move only the king two squares to the left or right. The rook will automatically be moved to its square by the program. then Fritz will automatically change colours and flip the board.2 Choosing colours and flipping the board The space bar is used to tell Fritz to make a move. the starting square is marked with a cross. top left in the menu browser. involve longer lasting processes. the program then takes the white pieces and executes a move. Another less well-known rule is that for pawn promotion: “If a pawn reaches the opposite back rank. if you want to play a game against the computer. the piece will simply jump back to its original square. simply make the first move with the white pieces. An en passant capture may only be made on the move which immediately follows the pawn’s double move. 8. then the latter can take it as though the pawn had only made a single move”. it can be promoted to any piece of the same colour.7. 5 . or when it is clearly worse off. The promotion must be made as soon as the pawn reaches the back rank. and drag the piece onto a new square. 8. it will always start again with the last playing level which you set. move the mouse on to it. click on the button for Fritz. Fritz will only accept a draw when the evaluation is exactly 0. You can also click the piece and then the destination square (or first the destination square and then the piece).New game sets up the pieces in their initial positions for the start of a new game.” The program only accepts legal moves. All such processes can be stopped by a left mouse click on the stop button.3 Stopping a process Certain functions. It is a legal move in chess.4 Offering a draw Home . click and hold down the left mouse key. Using Flip board in the icon list turns the board upside down. In the starting position. e. If you try to execute a move that does not conform to the rules of chess. If you have just played a game.1 Starting a new game (setting up the pieces) Game . 8 Playing against Fritz After installing your program.3 Moving the pieces To move a piece. If you want to play with White yourself. except a pawn or a king.
8. 8. or by right clicking under the board to access the menu. either to replay it or to analyse it.Blunder Check looks for major errors. Using the right or left arrows on the keyboard goes to the next or previous move.Resign resigns the game.8. For a description of the options Full Analysis and Blunder Check see the chapter on: Analysis. Analysis .8 Navigating through a game with the slider Fritz has a new and intuitive way of navigating through games: the slider.5 Resigning a game Home .9 Playing through a game automatically The * key will automatically replay the current or most recently played game on the board. 8.6 Saving a game All games you play against the program are automatically stored in a file called autosave. You can always access this database and load a previously played game into the board window. This is particularly useful in long or annotated games.7 Replaying a game Keyboard: The Home key (on some keyboards called Pos1) places the cursor at the start of the game in the notation window. 8.cbh. This means that you can get more quickly to a specific point in the game by well targeted clicks or by pushing it than you can via the notation.10 Analyse a game Analysis . 6 . At the same time a dialog box appears via which you can set the speed via the slider (to the right = faster).Full Analysis will analyse the whole game. 8. You switch on the slider by right clicking the board and then under Board design – Slider.
This takes longer. if desired. go to Training – Calculation Training. 4. You can click in the notation and with the arrow keys execute moves to insert variations at specific points. 9 Levels of skill The program is able to adjust its levels of skill right down to beginner level. However. Restart calculation training – clears all previous variations. In calculation training you have access to five functions via five different buttons: 1. calculating is much easier than in a normal game.11 Calculation training Accurate calculation of variations is the very basis of chess. Calculation training can be done in any position. 2. To do so. Important note: in this mode the moves are not checked for their legality. because you can see your calculations in the notation. So regular calculation training with Fritz will bring about a clear increase in playing strength. Tip: You can also do calculation training on the server: from a broadcast. 3. 5. add the results to the game as variations. A window then appears where you can enter moves without the pieces moving on the board. Finish calculation training and. use the menu Training – Calculation training. In addition. Especially amongst players of medium and lesser strength. Check validity – checks the notation for illegal moves. This makes sense especially during live broadcasts if the players are thinking about a move for a long time.8. Check tactics – the engine checks whether the move makes sense tactically. almost all games are lost because of errors in calculation. But the position on the board will not change. Fritz offers a series of aids (see the section of help during games) which can be used during a game. Score quality of calculation – the engine checks the quality of your calculation and awards points. 7 .
You can also specify whether the program should “point out wins”. 9.e.1 Handicap and fun Training – Level . The “Friend mode” is suited to more advanced players. By moving the sliders you can accentuate or decrease the type of behaviour you choose for Fritz. In the browser list on the left it is possible to choose pre-defined types. 200 = two pawns) the program will reduce its strength considerably. 9. Handicap and Fun have an appropriate strength defined for them. 8 . Blitz and Tournament game are levels involving maximum playing strength.Sparring On this level the program plays a reasonably strong game. “Sparring” is good for moderately advanced players to club players. If you give a high value (e.2 Friend Mode Training – Friend Mode: In this mode the program automatically adjusts its level of play to match that of the opponent. The handicap mode is particularly suitable for beginners and less advanced players. When you switch on “Sparring” mode there is a choice from very easy to really hard. The indications of playing strength are only very rough evaluations. the opening book is switched off.1.Handicap and Fun accesses a dialog by which you can reduce the playing strength and modify the style of the program in many different ways. flash a red light below the board when there is a good move available for you. according to your results. i.1. 9.1 Levels of skill with reduced playing strength 9. The levels Friend mode.Levels or Training. Sparring.The skill levels are selected via Home . In handicap mode. This is similar to golf and is measured in 100ths of a pawn. but at the same time it intentionally allows the user to carry out winning combinations. Afterwards the program will adjust your handicap to reflect your real playing strength.g.3 Sparring Training . In the mode for Rated game your playing strength is evaluated under tournament conditions.1. When you start it asks you for your “Handicap”.
In the starting position the pawns are placed as usual on the second and seventh ranks. Or you can select one of the common levels predefined on the left. 9. Examples: 1) 2 hours for 40 moves. They usually have a number of phases. second time control 0h 0 min. They have different time controls and almost any kind of tournament games can be played.2 Tournament games Home – Long Game: Here you can set longer time controls for long games. and 30 minutes for the rest of the game (a very common tournament control). e. 9. 4+2 = four minutes for all the moves plus two additional seconds for each move made). second time control 1h 0 min 20 moves. thereafter always 20 moves per hour: First time control: 2h 0 min 40moves. The first time control is always used.2. Unlike in shuffle chess.1 Chess 960 Home – New Game: This is a variant of shuffle or random chess defined by the former world champion Bobby Fischer. two hours for the first 40 moves. “Human bonus” allows you to allocate more time for the human player: Human bonus/Min increases the basic thinking time in minutes.1 Blitz. 9.2 Full-strength playing levels – Setting thinking time These playing levels are mainly for strong club players and professionals. This means that there are 960 different starting positions.3 Special game modes 9.9. then 30 minutes for the rest of the game: First time control: 2h 0 min 40 moves.g. You can adjust each of the time allocations or number of moves per phase. If you set the time of the second and third time controls to zero they are ignored. one hour for the next 20. third time control 0h 0 min. You will find a full description of the rules for Chess 960 in the online help.3.2. 9 . rapid games Home – Blitz game: This brings up a dialog box in which you can select from a number of blitz and rapid chess time controls (e. but equally for both sides.g.g. which are often referred to as “tournament games”. a fact that has given the game its name. The other pieces are placed on the first and last ranks in a semirandom fashion. and the bishops must be on different coloured squares. You can also use a “Fischer clock” which gives each side a time bonus for each move (e. There are two conditions: the rooks must be on each side of the king. five minute blitz or 25 minute rapid chess game). Human bonus/move the additional time per move in seconds. castling is also possible in Chess 960. third time control: 0 h 30 min 2) 2 hours for 40 moves.
Define the engine and the openings book.1 An engine plays out the position on the board against itself. 9. The rules are simple: they are the same as in classical chess. except that capturing is compulsory. if this is good. If an opportunity to capture is overlooked. The king has no special role and can be taken just like any other piece. the Nunn match). If the match is to start from pre-defined positions (e. Choose under the option Depth how deep the search depth should be set for the rest of the game to be played out (8 to 8 = Search depth eight) 9. The option Doubling allows you to play for (virtual) money. Killer Chess or Take-all Chess.2 Giveaway chess Home – New game: Also known as Losing Chess. to the end of the game Analysis – Shootout opens the dialog box Shoot Out. In the rated game dialog box you can set the playing strength. If a player is stalemated he also wins.9. this is one of the best-known variants of the game. If a player can capture in more than one way he can choose any of the captures. A left mouse click on New opens the list of engines for you to choose from.5 Computer against computer 9. 9. the opponent must point this out and the move must be taken back.g.3. The first player to lose all his pieces wins the game.5. a title award from the computer.4 Playing rated games Training – Rated Game: This switches the program into a special mode for serious tournament games in which it will give you an objective assessment of your playing strength. In rated games you will not be able to take back moves or look at the openings book.5. set the thinking time and determine the number of games. 10 . Suicide Chess. 10 Help during games Fritz offers a series of help functions during a game.2 Two different engines play a match Engine – Engine match opens a dialog allowing you to choose and set up engines for a match. then choose a database with openings positions by left clicking on Process Test Set. After a certain number of games you will get an evaluation of your performance and.
Unticking the box Training – Explain all moves will close this window.1 Permanent help These are help functions which can be set up permanently on-screen. 10. these are displayed in red. In the list the good moves are at the top and the bad ones at the bottom. This trainer appears when you make a mistake. 11 . 10.1. yellow for contested squares.2 Threatened squares Training – Threatened squares: When you click on a piece to move it. 10. as a result. pieces which come under attack are displayed in the same way The “Threatened squares” function is especially recommended for beginners.10.1 Explain all moves Training – Explain all moves opens a separate window which contains a brief commentary on every legal move.3 Coach is watching Home . and green for safe ones. You can either get a hint to take back the move or you can use choose to ignore the advice and play on.Coach is watching activates the coach. all the squares it can reach are displayed in colour: red for danger squares on which you will almost certainly lose material. A mouse click on a move in the list brings up a green arrow on the board. other pieces are blocked. as it helps avoid blunders. If.1. showing the starting and destination squares for that move. When you start the move explainer. under certain circumstances the screen layout may be altered.1. Whenever Fritz makes a move.
4 Dynamic hints Training – Dynamic hints: As you enter a move. i.1. To display opening hints you need to have an openings book loaded.5 Opening hints Via the menu Training – Opening hints you can access useful information for the opening phase of a game. Attacking motifs and defensive options are shown for every square whenever you roll the mouse over it. 10. Unlike the “Show threat” function. the program points out the most important moves with green arrows. its effects on the board are indicated visually with arrows.6 Spy Training – Spy switches on the spy. which shows you with arrows what Fritz is planning as its next move or what it is threatening. You will find a complete description of this feature in the online help. 10.e.In the menu Application Menu – Options – Game – Coach you can change the sensitivity of the coach.1. “Threshold” specifies (in centipawns.1. 12 . 80 means: the coach comes on when the move you have made would be to your disadvantage by 8/10 of a pawn or more. “Calc. 1/100ths of a pawn) how grave an error must be for the coach to intervene. time” gives the amount of time it should spend when calculating advice. 10. During it. The initial phase of a game of chess is known as the “opening”. there is a display of possible counter moves.
The next one comes from an advanced phase of the game. “Hotness” gives an idea of how complicated and sharp the position is.1. Generally speaking a game with the Spy switched on is played at a noticeably higher level. There is an improvement over earlier versions: the spy only points out strong. The “mate-o-meter” indicates the probability of there being a threat of mate. since it helps you avoid elementary tactical errors. of the current board position. 13 . 10.7 Position tutor Right click in notation window – Show position tutor This srarts a special chess engine which has a lot of chess knowledge. the more complex the tactical and positional aspects of the position. The higher the value displayed.This function is helpful not only for beginners. It generates a brief strategic description. 10. The first screenshot shows that there is no threat of mate in the offing. what is the significance of the display with the two clocks? This example is taken from an early phase of the game.8 Measurements during a game Via View – Measurements you can open a window which gives you a scale of how hot the game is and the mate-o-meter. obvious threats.1. in plain text. So.
Here you can see that the position is very sharp. The final example shows the mate-o-meter display in a position where there is a mate in three.9 Extra Book Pane At the start of a game. Fritz chooses moves from its openings book. In the standard layout. The various scales allow a beginner or a spectator to see at a glance the present status of the game. the openings book is displayed in the same window as the notation. the mate-o-meter tells us that the potential threat of a mate has risen. A left mouse click on the entry Openings book in the notation window brings it to the front. containing complex tactical and positional problems. A mouse click on any move will execute that move on the board. see the chapter on functions in the openings book. This does not work if you use the openings book from the DVD since nothing can be stored on a write-protected DVD. The measurements window is especially useful for beginners as it offers them useful guidance during a game itself. Also. 14 .1. For every position a list displays all the moves that are contained in the openings book. the program will learn from its results and note in the openings book with the help of weightings which moves proved favourable for it and which did not. If the openings book is stored on the hard disk. You too can consult the openings book during the game and choose your moves from it. For the meaning of the numbers in the openings book. 10.
the program returns to the previously defined screen layout.2 Requesting assistance This is help which Fritz can offer you at tricky points (if you ask for it) and which is not switched on permanently.Suggestion and Fritz will suggest a move for the position.2. It is also possible to switch between notation and openings book. or main and sub-variations from games.2. in figurine or algebraic notation. 11.2 Suggestion Home .2. Some functions automatically optimise the screen layout for this purpose. From the calculations of the kibitzer you can get suggestions as to what to do in your game. The latter can be changed according to numerous parameters. etc. you are presented with a list of possible engines.2 Switching windows on and off The ribbon menu View is where the different windows can be switched on and off. 11. certain basic settings are loaded. 10. 10.2. and what the present threat is.).3 Threat Home . the evaluation of the position. settings for the engine window. After the function has ended.2.2. Before loading a kibitzer. 10. 11.1.10 Add kibitzer Engine – Add Kibitzer opens a new window. in which another chess program (engine) calculates as a spectator. 11.Hint give a hint suited to the present position.1 Program options All settings can be accessed via Application Menu – Options. A right mouse click in a window opens the dialog with settings for the active functions (board options. 11. 10.2 Engine The engine window displays the moves which have been calculated. these include program options and screen layout.Threat displays the move which Fritz is planning. search depth and other information about the engine or the process of calculation.1 Hint Home . More than one kibitzer can be used at any one time. You can also display your notation in the classic view of a score sheet by choosing Score sheet.1 Notation The notation window displays the moves played so far.10. Every such window layout can be saved and loaded later. 11 Settings When the program is first started.3 Evaluation profile 15 .
2.3 Screen layout: choosing presets View – Standard Layouts opens a dialog for the choice of fixed screen layouts.2. 11. Above it the mouse arrow changes into a symbol with two arrows pointing in opposite directions (right to left. 11. 16 . 11.7 Engine output This window is reserved for additional messages directly from the engine.6 Chatter In the talk window below the board you can choose to have displayed text comments and names of openings.2. The bars above the base line denote an advantage for White. a green bar that you are better.The evaluation profile graphically displays the evaluation and times in the course of the game. 11.2. 11. 11. Hold down the left mouse button above the window and change the relative sizes by moving the mouse sideways or up and down. i. deactivating it installs a digital clock at the right in the status line below. below the base an advantage for Black. A yellow bar is one that goes beyond the scale of the current window.2. 11.4 Extra Book Pane Activating this function installs the openings book in its own window.5 Clock Window Activating this function puts the clock in its own window.8 Explain all moves This loads a window containing explanations for every possible move in the position on the board.2.4 Manual changes to screen layouts The size of the program windows can be changed at will: roll your mouse over the separating line between two program windows. or up and down). A red bar means the machine is ahead.e. the black line the time for the computer. 11. Superimposed in the evaluation profile is the time each side has used. The display is engine specific and not supported by all engines. Deactivating it puts the openings book into the notation window as an option.9 Chess Media System This is where videos are loaded which have been prepared with the Chess Media System You will find a more detailed explanation of the Chess Media System in online help. The scale is in “centipawns”. 1/100ths of a pawn. The scale is in seconds. The blue line marks the time you have used.
The program has genuine virtual reality chessboards. You can turn. 11. Now release the mouse button and the positioning you wanted will now be installed. The 2D board is displayed in its own window. can be “undocked”. click on the handle and. 11. If you wish to make frequent use of this setting. the size of which can be changed at will (see the section on manually changing the screen layout). Individual panes such as notation. 11. To dock. 11. drag the window across the screen. background.6 Board options Fritz offers configurable 2D and 3D boards. holding down the mouse button.Flip board turns the board 180 degrees. Choosing a standard layout reverses changes made to the screen layout. The positioning button appears every time you put a pane in a new position on the screen and want to dock it. 17 .Board 2D This switches to the two dimensional board. To use it.5 Reversing an altered screen layout View – Standard Layouts. You will now find on the program screen several arrow buttons. This then gives you a preview of the exact positioning of the pane you wish to move within the window. hold down the button and move the mouse arrow into the coloured area of the arrow button. This button makes it possible to decide the position of the pane with much greater accuracy. etc. but makes rather high demands on your graphics capability. you should have an upto-date graphics card with special 3D functions.1 2D board Board . engine.The program now has a new window management function for more intuitive “docking”.6. For the 2D board you have the choice between various designs. tilt and zoom into the 3D board.2 3D Board Board – Board 3D switches to a photo-realistic three-dimensional view of a chess board. chatter. A click on (X) in the top right hand corner of the pane brings that pane back to its original starting position. Icon list .6. You can place a pane anywhere you want on the screen by taking hold of the bar for that purpose and then placing the pane where you want it on the screen. coordinates and so forth. Right mouse click in the board window opens a dialog for the setting of board colours.
looking for games. accessing tournament tables. Endgames: displays an index of endgames. Only databases in cbhformat can handle all the indexes. copying games either to or from another database. A double click on an index opens it and shows sub-indexes or games which have been classified.1 The database window Home . read or edit databases in various formats (cbh. creating a new (empty) database into which to enter games. You can always confirm your choice. 18 . a left mouse click on a tab below the menu browser changes the view and the way of accessing the database: Games: displays a (chronologically sorted) list of the games in it. analysing one or more games. Clicking on an index tab allows you to install a new index if there is not one there for the database in question. 12 The database and database functions Fritz manages games and positions in as many databases as you want.Database opens the database window. This displays the contents of the database which is currently open in different ways. cbf or pgn). Strategy: displays an index of strategic middlegame themes. Opening: displays an index of the openings. Themes: displays an index of general themes. 12. Tip: The 3D representation also requires a current version of Direct X. You can add games or copy games to any database. installing or deleting indexes. etc. Fritz can open. Tactics: displays an index of tactical middlegame themes.Under the 3D board you will the button for Settings. 12. changing to another database. which is supplied on the DVD. The dialog allows you to select between various parameters and effects.3 Open database Database window – Application Menu – Open Database launches a Windows dialog for opening files.2 Changing the presentation – Display by themes In the database window. 12. Other functions in the database window are: opening different databases. loading one or more games into the board window. With your version of Fritz you receive a database with thousands of games from international tournaments.
You must take care with spelling. 12. where you define the criteria for your games search. “and” also finds games by Anand. Year: searches for games from a specific time frame. 12. Tournament/Annotator: search for games from a specific tournament or annotated by a specific person. names and first names. stalemate or check). Capital letters need to be input accurately. Ignore colours: with this option all games between the two players are searched for.5 Load games to board window Double clicking on a game loads it to the board window to replay or analyse.6 Merge games to get an overview of variations Keyboard: CTRL+Shift+Arrow up/down marks games. Black. including capital and small letters. Moves: finds games of the specified length. 12. CTRL+A marks all the games in the list.4 Create database Database Window – Application Menu – New Database launches the dialog for saving files. Text: finds database texts. no matter who had which colour.7.Change to the drive and folder from which you wish to open a database. 1999-1999 finds games only from the year 1999. Tournament and Annotator also produces results: for instance. Entering parts of words in the boxes for White. 19 . ECO: searches for games from a specific opening (classified according to the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings). Result: finds games with the specified result (including mate. 12.1 Game data White/Black: fields for players. Change to the drive and folder in which you wish to create a database.7 Search for games Database window – Home – Filter games opens the search mask. Left mouse click on a tab at the top of the dialog opens various categories to help you define what you are looking for: 12. Keyboard: Enter loads all the games to provide an overview of the variations. D85-D85 finds all the games classified under D85 (the modern Exchange Variation of the Greenfield Defence). ELO: finds players within a specific ELO range (playing strength).
Mirror vertical: finds the position specified with the board sides reversed. change them.7.Save opens a dialog with text boxes to save a game. 12. add to them.7.1 Create a new game Home – New Game creates a new game in the starting position and empties the notation window. 20 . you proceed as in position setup.Delete: the marked games are struck through and marked as „deleted“. edit them in any way and save the changes in the game. 13.3 Position This searches for games containing specific positions.4 Search window First: the first move from which to search. 13. Look for board: to enter the pieces / structures for which you are looking. saving and editing games / Position setup In Fritz you can enter games.7. graphic or special commentary.3 Delete game In the database window. Sources of error: The start position cannot be found with the definition = 5. Copy board: copies the position from the board window into the search window.12. (Definition: looking for a position which has a white pawn on d4 and which does not have a white pawn d4) 12. 12. 13 Creating. Mirror horizontal: finds the position specified with the colours reversed. The menu in the icon list „Remove Deleted Games“ permanently removes deleted games from the database. Or board: to enter alternative possibilities. In this mode you can enter moves for both sides without the program making moves in reply. Exclude board: white pawn on d4. To enter the position.: Look for board: white pawn on d4.2 Save a game Application menu .g. 13. Length: how long the specified structure should remain on the board (in half moves) Last: up to which move should the search continue. Exclude board: to enter the pieces / structures which should not be present. Application Menu – Home .7. Then tick the box Engine – Switch off engine.5 Annotations This searches for annotated games containing specific text. (Definition: looking for a position like the starting position from the 5th move of the game onwards) Look for board and Exclude board should not contradict themselves from a logical point of view. save them.2 Medals This looks for annotated games which display a specific characteristic. e.
If this box is left empty en passant is not permitted. Right clicking on a square places a piece with the opposite colour of the one that you selected. Clicking on a piece prepares this piece to be placed on the board. This is most useful for later adding moves. The Castling boxes decide what castling is allowed.5 Edit game In the game window. while King <-> Queen mirrors the position horizontally. All comments added to the game are first stored in the program’s memory and aren’t saved to the disk until you tell the program to save or replace a game. Copy FEN copies the position in FEN format to the Windows clipboard. Paste ASCII and Paste FEN copy a position that has been stored in the Windows clipboard onto the board. Clear Board empties the board. pressing the key S opens a dialog to set up a board position. Note: You can find a detailed explanation of words like PGN and FEN in Fritz’s online help. commentaries and analyses to a game that has already been saved in the database. Some of these functions are only active when a game has been loaded or is being played. 14 Analysis Fritz offers many functions to make automatic or manual analyses of positions or complete games. Copy ASCII copies the position in ASCII format to the Windows clipboard.4 Replace game In the database window. You can find a detailed description of these functions in Fritz’s online help. The mouse cursor takes the form of the piece that has been selected when you move it over the board. 21 .6 Setup Position In the game window. Clicking on a square containing a piece of the same type and colour empties the square. The En Passant box determines the row in which an en passant capture is allowed. There are two buttons beneath the figures: White <-> Black swaps the colours and mirrors the position vertically. Application Menu – Save – Replace Game overwrites an already saved game. which you can start by hitting the key F1. The Move number box decides what numbers should be used for the following notation. The Side to move boxes decide which side moves next. right clicking in the notation window opens a dialog with the selection of commentary tools and various settings. Clicking on a square in the board places the selected piece. 13. 13.13.
such as natural language comments. Storage: This option is only active if the function is called from the database window. This threshold is expressed in centipawn units.1 Options for Full Analysis Calculation Time Per Move: The calculation time for each move in seconds. The analysis ends at the point where the loaded opening book ends. 22 . starting from the position on the board. Training: If this is activated Fritz puts training questions in the game notation. graphical comments on the board or the insertion of training questions. so it is possible to start an analysis by immediately clicking on OK. Write full variations: If this is deactivated suggestions made are only a single move.14. Time/Depth: This determines whether a fixed time (in seconds) or a fixed search depth (in half moves) should be used while searching for errors. Last move: This determines where the analysis is to begin (in reverse order).3 Full Analysis and Blunder Check In the database window. Threshold: This setting determines what deviation from the evaluation there should be before a suggestion is made. Threshold: This determines the minimum deviation from the best evaluated move that should be considered an error. This looks for errors in a game and in variations already included in the game. The analysis can be halted at any time by clicking by clicking the Stop Process button in the ribbon. so you can immediately begin the analysis by clicking on OK.4 Position Analysis In the board window. Erase old annotations: Activating this option deletes all old commentary. The default values are set sensibly.2 Automatic Blunder Check in a game Analysis – Blunder Check opens a dialog box with settings for the automatic blunder check.1 Options for the Blunder Check Side: This determines which side’s moves should be checked for errors. Storage: Replace overwrites the games with the analysed versions. Annotations: These boxes activate and deactivate different types of annotations. The original games are left unchanged. 14.2. Side: This determines which side’s moves should be analysed. Referenz-DB: This opens a dialog to select a database which should be used as a reference for the analysis. Storage: Append adds the analysed versions of the games to the end of the database. Storage: This option is only active if the function is called from the database window. For the full analysis the game is examoned backwards.1. Check main line/Check variations: This determines where Fritz should search for errors.1 Automatic Analysis of a Game Analysis – Full Analysis opens a dialog to set the options for a full analysis. 14. for instance for adjourned games. Analysis – Deep Position Analysis opens a dialog box with options for analysing the position. 14. Database – Full Analysis analyses one or all of the games that have been marked in the game list. 14. 14. The default settings are sensible. Output: This decides whether the suggested moves should be added as variations or as text commentary in the game notation.
Activating the option Last move also displays the last move of the solution. plus (Root): This is the additional time allowed for analysing the original position. 14. and the evaluation of a game that is in play. Black. Fonts: This determines the size and style of the fonts used.14.5 Mate Search Home – Levels – Mate Search opens a dialog box to set options for a mate search.16 is also able to solve the problems Helpmate and Selfmate. Not every mate engine has all of these settings. as well as the size of the left margin. 15. along with all diagrams and notation. Branching: White. Application Menu – Print opens a menu with different options. Fritz 12 has several engines which are designed to solve mate problems. and where they should be. Both: This determines for which side variations should be analysed. 15 Print Fritz prints the current game. or with the same colours that the diagram has on the screen. Title: This determines the style of each page’s headline and footline. Clicking on an engine in the list selects this engine for the mate solution. Layout: This determines the borders and the number of columns. in centipawns. Evaluation window: This determines the maximum deviation that is allowed. Length of variations: This determines the length of the variations to be suggested. 23 . The engine Mate 2.1 Options for the Position Analysis Time/Depth: This determines whether a fixed time (in seconds) or a fixed search depth (in half moves) should be used for the analysis. If diagrams are included in the notation (see Edit game above) they are also printed out with the notation. Only the engines listed in this dialog window are guaranteed to find the shortest possible mate. for suggesting a variation. The button Parameters offers additional settings for experts. Diagram title: This determines the headline and bottomline. Coordinates: This determines whether coordinates should be used. If the option Standard Size is deactivated the exact size can be determined in pixels. and the format of the numbers.4.1 Page Setup This opens a dialog window containing several tabs to set up the page layout: Diagrams: The option Style determines whether the diagram should be printed in black and white. 3rd) move: This determines the maximum number of variations to be analysed for each move. Page numbers: This determines whether the pages should be numbered.2 Print game This prints the full notation of a game. Branching in 1st (2nd. 15. The mate announcements made by other engines during game play or analysis are not always exact.
Perf = The Elo performance that was reached by playing this move. taking the weighting into consideration. When the openings book is copied to the hard drive the program learns from the games it plays and writes comments into the book. without taking the weighting into consideration. By using these comments (weightings) Fritz avoids opening moves which have led to losses and prefers moves that have led to wins. The menu Edit – Openings Book – Reset Weights deletes the results that have been learned. If no book is being used a button is displayed to load an openings book. whereas Bitmap creates a board graphic. 17 Openings book functions Clicking on the Openings Book tab in the notation window displays the openings book. The openings book displays a list of all the moves that have been played in the current board position. 15. Select the drive and folder of your computer which contains the openings book that you wish to use. Av = The average Elo rating of the players who played this move. 17. 24 . % = The success of this move as a percentage. Home – Copy Game copies the notation in the selected form (short or long notation) into the Windows clipboard. Prob = The probability that the move will be played.4 Evaluation Profile This prints the evaluation profile of the current game.15. [%] = The probability that the move will be played. You have to choose the desired format in the input options of your word processor (Winword: Options. Home – Paste Position/Game copies positions or game notation from the Windows clipboard into the notation window or as a board position. Fact = The weighting (plus or minus) based on the results the program has achieved by playing this move. Home – Copy Position/Diagram copies the current board position in several formats into the Windows clipboard. text creates a TrueType diagram. These can be pasted back into Fritz.3 Diagram This prints the current game position. 16 Using the Windows clipboard for copying diagrams and notation Fritz can copy notation and the current board diagram into the Windows clipboard. If you click on this button a Windows dialog appears to open a file. The format of the diagram can be configured by the options in the menu Page setup. Insert content).1 Display The numbers after the moves have the following meanings: N = The bumber of games in which this move has been played.
normal games and games with reduced playing strength. +-. Influence of learn value: This determines how much influence the results of the previously played games should have on the choice of the move (right is maximum).17. !. 25 . Book options opens a dialog window to change the book options. Variety of play: This determines how many moves are used in the repertoire (slider right is maximum). Learning strength: This determines how much effect the results of the games played should be made to the book (right is maximum). whatever the statistics say..: Comments which have no effect on the probability with which this move will be played.4 Advanced functions in the book window Right clicking on an empty space in the book window opens a dialog with advanced book settings and functions. The colours have the following meaning: Green: The move is played whatever the statistics say. Don’t play in tournament: The move is coloured red and will no longer be played. 17. Handicap: Preset modes for computer chess.. Minimum games: This determines the minimum number of games that must have been played for a move to be used.=. Tournament book: Activating this means that only green moves will be made (if present). Normal. Delete subtree: This deletes all the games in which this move was played from the tree. 17.2 Editing moves in the book Moves have different colours. Only one of the main moves will be played. Use book: This determines whether the book is used. Main move: This promotes the move. Delete move: This deletes the move from the tree.?.. The buttons Optimize.3 Book options Key F4. Red: The move is never played. Change weight: This increases or decreases the probability that the move will be played... and it will now be marked green. Blue: The move is only played if certain statistical criteria are fulfilled. Right clicking on a move in the openings book opens a dialog with options for this move.
2 Create new openings book Application menu – New – Openings book opens a dialog window to create a new (empty) openings book. Allow move adding: If this is activated moves added to the openings book are saved. Learn from database: This analyses the results of the opening moves from a selected database and adds the results as learning values into the current openings book.5 Copy tree to the hard drive Analysis – Copy tree to hard disk copies the current openings book from the CD or DVD to the hard drive. or the performance of this move. the average Elo of the players.Search games: This searches the currently loaded database for games containing the board position. Import old book: This imports the moves from an openings book in an old format. 18. (This is not possible with openings books on CD or DVD).1 Edit openings book Analysis – Openings Book opens a menu with the functions: Import games: This imports the opening moves of all the games in a selected database into the current openings book. Weed tree: This removes moves that have rarely been played from the tree. Choose font: This opens a dialog to change the size and type of the font. Sort: This changes the list display according to the number of played games (N). Import book: This imports the moves from another openings book into the current openings book. the success of a move (%). activate tablebases (Nalimov endgame databases). 26 . Reset weights: This deletes all the learning values from the current openings book. Close book: This closes the openings book. Add priority analysis: This imports the variations from the games in a selected database and marks the moves as tournament moves (for both White and Black). 18 Advanced functions Fritz offers a multitude of special funvtions which are only intended for those with experience in the use of chess programs.3 Change engine Engine – Change main engine opens a dialog to select a new chess engine. delete hash tables. Properties: This opens a dialog window to display or change important features of the openings book. 18. Delete whole tree: This deletes the whole tree from the disk. Other options: Change hash table size. 17. 18. switch off engine.
discuss games or simply chat with one another. One or more selected engines use the settings to play the game with different search depths from the current position to the end.e.18. If you intend to play chess on the server frequently you will need a fast connection. Save the tournament file after choosing the tournament name. If only one engine is selected it will play out the game against itself. 19.4. Using the chess server you can play games with people from around the world. 18. Delete: This deletes a participant from the tournament. analyse games. Invite Human: This inserts the named Fritz user as a participant in the tournament. Options in engine tournament dialog: Invite Engine: This selects an engine to take part in the tournament. The results give information about the way in which the evaluation of the position is going. This opens a dialog with options to carry out a tournament with different engines or a combination of engines and humans. Edit: This changes the parameters of the selected engine.2 Engine Tournament Engine – Tournament opens a windows dialog to create an engine tournament. On the server there are offers that you can access by pressing the button marked Playchess.4 Engine versus Engine 18. Unify Hash: This determines that all engines should have the same size hash tables.4. Time control: This determines the length of the tournament.4.1 Access requirements In order to use the chess server you need a stable Internet connection.3 Open Engine Tournament Ctrl-Shift-O opens a dialog to load an already existing engine tournament. You can find a detailed description of the server functions in the program’s online help. Clicking Run/Continue restarts an interrupted tournament. such as cable or DSL.4 Play from a position Analysis – Shootout opens a dialog with options for a shootout (i.1 Engine Match Engine – Engine Match opens a dialog to load two engines and to set the options for an engine match.com. Unify Book: This determines that all engines should use the same openings book.com. 18. playing from a given position). Tournament type: This determines the type of tournament. 18.com in the start window. 27 . It is sensible to play games with a search depth from five onwards.4. Cycles: This determines the number of rounds in the tournament. Note: Program upgrades are made exclusively on Playchess. Buying the program gives you access to the server for one year. 19 Functions of the chess server Fritz 12 offers complete access to our chess server Playchess. New offers are continually being made on the server.
including a user name and a password. However.2 Setting up an account Clicking the button „Create New Player Name“ opens a dialog box called „User Data“. Country. 19. Clicking on the button „Enter as Guest“ allows you to immediately enter the server and see what possibilities are offered.playchess. 19. Email: Your email address is needed if you forget your password. After connecting to the server you first see a dialog box called „Login“ in which you must enter your account name and password. 28 . This is the only way that we can send you a reminder.1 Guest Access To try out the chess server it’s enough to enter as a guest.2.com.19. Note: If you use a firewall or proxy server it must be configured so that the computer on which the program is running can use a TCP/IP connection with port 6002 to www. This means that your Internet connection should be running before you click on Playchess.com in the start window. At the same time this is used to identify the user to protect other users against the server being misused. The email address that you use will not be used for advertising purposes. The following data must be input: Unique Nickname: the name that appears in the player lists. First and Last Name: When you play a game these details are sent to your opponent. if you intend to use these offers you have to set up an account with your personal details.2.2 Server settings Accessing the content of the chess server is only possible if your Internet connection is active. Geographic Position: These details are used to represent the nationality of the user with a flag and display a marker showing his position on the world globe. Accounts without a valid email address are deleted after a while.
For safety reasons you have to type the password twice. rules and ratings on the information page of the Main Playing Hall of the chess server. 19. 19. If the account already exists and has been activated there is no need to enter a serial number. Personal Information: Here you can enter optional personal data which can be seen by other users on the server.4 Enter serial number In order to use the server’s functions you have to authorize your account by entering a serial number. etc. Note: Please follow the rules for using Playchess. such as Best Youth Player. The serial number is printed on the cover of the program’s user manual. Click on the tab Info -> Rules 19.1 Challenging players As soon as you enter a room you can challenge other players. For this reason a sensible text that is easy to remember should be chosen as the password. You can find the rules in the „Main Playing Hall“. can be sent to the server. Note: Please make a note of the password and remember it carefully. To do this you have to select a player (by clicking on his name in the list) and then clicking the button Challenge. either in JPG or BMP format.3 Choose password After entering the user data the dialog box opens „Choose password“. is used for special rating lists and awards.2. For security reasons the server does not store any passwords in plain text. You can enter your nationality manually. As soon as you enter a room you see a list of everyone in the room in the „Players“ window. The conditions for the game are presented in a configuration dialog. Best Female Player. or you can simply chat with the other players present. Change Picture: A picture which is no larger than 100 KBytes. You can also make a challenge by double clicking on a name in the list. In the „Games“ window you see a list of all the games being played.2.Find Coordinates: If you do not know the geographic coordinates you can enter the name of the next large town. If „Allow Take Back“ is set a player can request to take back a move if an obvious input error has been made. Please enter the serial number in the input fields. and you are given a short description of the activities taking place in the room. tournaments. which is voluntary.3. The available rooms are shown in the „Rooms“ window in a style similar to Windows Explorer.com. If you forget your password you can request a reminder by email. Note: A serial number can only be used to authorize one account. The servers functionality is fully described in the online help documentation. you can ask someone for a game. Tip: You can find information about the server. By clicking on the name of a room you enter the room.com is made up of several virtual rooms. The option “Send opening moves“ 29 . As soon as you enter a room you can watch a game as a spectator. 19. If the password is forgotten completely the user account is lost. This picture is saved on the server and is sent yo your opponent when you are playing a game.3 Playing online Playchess. Rating and Title: This data.
When you check the box again the board will be overwritten by the server. The text is sent by hitting the Enter key. then click the button „Decline“. 3.4 Chatting It is possible to talk directly to other people on the chess server. When the options have been chosen the clocks are activated and the game begins. In order to kibitz you have to open the games tab. uncheck the box Home – Receiving Moves. then click the button „Accept“. To select the ones tou want to talk to you have to select them with Ctrl-Click in the player list. for instance to insult other players. In this case a separate window will open in which the chess engine’s evaluation is displayed during the game. and then double click on the game that you would like to watch. Tip: When you are watching a game you can start an engine (Home – Add Kibitzer). because he will receive the „email“ as soon as he logs onto the server.5 Kibitzing It is possible to watch other games being played live. In chess circles it is usual to call spectators kibitzers. but are not happy with the conditions (such as the game length) you can click the button „Modify“ to change the conditions for the game. In contrast to chatting it is not necessary that the other person is online. Other users may challenge you to a game. Incoming challenges are shown un the window „Challenges“ in red letters. In the menu „Game“ the challenger can load the first moves from a database. The game is started in a new window with the conditions as agreed. Note: Misusing the chat function. After you have selected one or several people to talk to you can type a message after the „>“ sign in the „Chat“ window. is not allowed and may lead to your ability to chat being blocked. an adjourned game or a special opening variation. To answer someone who has spoken to you you only have to click on the text in the „Chat“ window.6 The internal mail system There is a mail system that can be used to send text messages to other users and receive replies. The person who spoke to you will automatically receive your message. 19. Select the challenge.starts a game with a position other than the opening position. Now you can enter your own alternative moves on the graphical chess board.2 Accepting a challenge As soon as you enter a room your name is put in the list of people present. 19. You can talk to either one person or to several at once. The challenge is then refused. In the „Chat“ window there are two tabs called Inbox and Sent. 19. If you agree to a challenge in principle. 2. In the Inbox tab you will see messages that you have received. You now have three possibilities: 1. If you would like to analyse the board yourself. 19. Select the challenge. 30 .3.
The advantage of this is that the cgraphical chess board is fully synchronous with the video. 20 Chess Media System Fritz supports the Chess Media System. Play: This plays an already loaded media file once more. Open: This opens files in Windows Media Player format. The option Board – 3D Board turns on the photo-realistic board display. The address to send to is simply the name of the other player. Stop: This stops a presentation of the Chess Media System. They have the extension *.In the Sent tab you can create mails using the New button and send them to other users. The Chess Media System is activated in the board window by the option View – Chess Media System. At the bottom of the window Audio/Video there is a small row of buttons that can be used to control the system.wmv. By using the Chess Media Systems it is possible to play videos that have been embedded in chess lectures. Using the slider you can navigate to any position in the presentation. The new Chess Media System requires Windows Media Player 9 or newer. The newest version of Media Player for your version of Windows can be found on the Microsoft support pages. This means that the program can be used to present chess lessons and training in a realistic way. 31 . Pause: This pauses a presentation of the Chess Media System. Pressing a second time resumes the presentation. The board position is automatically synchronised with the lecture 21 3D Boards Fritz includes several attractive 3D boards and animated chess opponents.
but it requires a lot of power from your graphics card. Beneath the 3D board there is a button Settings. This opens a dialog window which can be used to choose between different visual effects. The installation program offers the option to install the latest version of DirectX. Clicking on the button Settings opens a dialog to choose between different board views and animated opponents. 32 . If you intend to use this function a lot you should buy a fast graphics card with special 3D functions.This representation is very life like. Note: The photo-realistic 3D display requires the current version of DirectX. This button can be used to adjust the size and the rotation of the board in the window. Below the 3D display there is a navigation button.
Double clicking on an element in the list starts the relevant selection dialog.1 Magic Eye in the 3D Board There is a „magic eye“ for every 3D board in Fritz. There is a complete description of all the options available in Fritz’s online help.1 Connection of an RS232 cable / Connection of a PC board Engine – Two Computer Match opens a dialog to activate the connection of another computer with an RS232 cable. Select the type of interface and the Com port. This magic eye shows what the program is currently calculating. 21. 22 Appendix 22. The colour of the eye always follows the evaluation. in the top left of the screen you can see the chess board through the eye of the opponent. 33 . This display is shown by two laser rays on the board. Apart from this.
databases.3 Kompatibility Fritz is compatible with all the current Chessbase programs. Hobby players usually have a strength between Elo 1000 and 2000. The program supports the Chess Media Format.2 When I print the right border of black and white diagrams is uneven This is caused by some printer drivers when printing empty white areas. B) In the book options the setting „optimal“ has been chosen. 23 Common errors and their solutions 23. Fritz reads the openings book format CTG (new format drom Fritz 5 and Chessbase 7. The highest Elo rating to date was Garry Kasparov in July 1999 with 2851.Openings Book. The reason for this is that the graphics card drivers have not been sufficiently tested.2 Playing strength / Elo-Rating In chess it is customary to measure the playing strength with a rating called Elo (named after Professor Arpad Elo). CBH (new multimedia format from Fritz 5 and Chessbase 6.0 onwards). Fritz 1 to Fritz 4). training CDs/DVDs and Chessbase magazines. Solution: Load an openings book: Application Menu – Open . 23. move the slider left). 22. Solution: Ask the graphics card manufacturer for an updated driver. Solution: Change the book options to the setting „normal“. All Chessbase engines can be used for playing and analysis. In some cases the problem can be solved by reducing the hardware acceleration (Control Panel – Display – Settings – Advanced – Troubleshoot – Hardware Acceleration.1 Fritz always makes the same opening moves.If you are using a DGT external chess board you can activate the board with the option Board – DGT-Board. for instance the openings book on the program DVD.3 General problems or irregularities with the graphic display It often happens that irregular behaviour happens with new graphics cards. but 16-bit programs cannot be used with Windows NT/2000/XP. 23.1 Windows. Solution: In Application Menu – Print – Page Setup –Fonts – Font Type select the option ChessBase Alternate. Fritz reads and writes the Chessbase formats CBF (the old format for Chessbase 3 Dos to Chessbase 1. 22.0 onwards). CBV (packed CBH-Format) und the text format PGN. A) No openings book has been loaded. 34 . In this case Fritz repeats the moves with which he has already defeated you. When copying games from a database in one format into a database in another format the games are automatically converted.
If you want to use the 3D board you should install the version of DirectX offered by the setup program. It is recommended that you use a card with special 3D functions.5 Problems with the Chess Media System The Chess Media System is based on components of the Windows Media Player. 25 The Chessbase catalog Chessbase offers many additional programs that complement Fritz. The 3D display requires a recent version of DirectX. Chessbase offers training CDs/DVDs about openings. Check that you are using Windows Media Player 9 or newer. such as the version that is included on the program DVD. 24 Support und technical assistance If you have questions about technical problems this is how to receive assistance: • • Check the FAQ on the Chessbase website. Hamburg 2009 35 . www. including interviews and thousands of new tournament games. 23. © ChessBase GmbH.chessbase. For instance. www.com. By going to Control Panel – Display – Settings you can check the current settings.23. If you have problems you should check if you are using the newest driver for your graphics card.com.chessbase. also in the support link. at the end of every year a carefully edited database with many annotated games is published. There is a full list of products offered on the Chessbase web site. middle games and endgames. Check that all the cards 3D functions are activated. ChessBase Magazine and ChessBase Magazine Extra DVD give reports on the latest tournaments. the support link If this does not work use the support form on the Chessbase web site.4 Problems with the 3D Board The display of the 3D board demands a lot of power from your graphics card.
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