FIRST STEPS WITH FRITZ 12

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.

System requirements
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.

1 Installation
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.
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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.

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3 Activation
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.

5 Registration
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.
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“Home”. Another important component is the Icon List. Each “Menu” then has its own ribbon with symbols. the relevant hotkey is displayed. 7.g. As you do so. According to the context. many functions can be accessed via a right click with the mouse and by keyboard commands. “Insert” or “Board”. 7. there are different icons visible for the program functions in the specific work situation you are in.1 Right click A right click with the mouse in any of the program windows will open a context menu. e. starting the options dialog. These so-called ribbons were first implemented by Microsoft in Office 2007. At the top of the program window there are – as in traditional menus – words representing various groups of commands. the choice of board or offers on chess server. For example. In addition. You will find the Application menu in the upper left-hand corner of the program window.g. your work goes more quickly and smoothly.2 The keyboard A series of frequently used functions can be accessed directly with the help of the keyboard. The easiest way to see the relevant keyboard shortcuts is by moving the mouse over one of the ribbons.g. however. but displays a ribbon containing the relevant commands. This is where important settings and primary functions of the program can be accessed. close the window or access context specific functions. A Ribbon (also called a “band”) is a graphical concept for programs which link together the elements of menu and browser symbols. This concept offers many advantages in your daily work with Fritz. functions you want can be accessed more quickly. e. A click on one of these. e. 4 . via which frequently used functions can be accessed with a single mouse click. One very important function within this concept is the Application menu. Here you can choose settings for that window.7 Normal operation All the various functions of the program are started by ribbons. does not open a menu. Since the functions are listed in order of frequency of use.

the program then takes the white pieces and executes a move.3 Stopping a process Certain functions. 8. then Fritz will automatically change colours and flip the board. In the starting position. click on the button for Fritz.1 Starting a new game (setting up the pieces) Game .g. it can be promoted to any piece of the same colour. Using Flip board in the icon list turns the board upside down.4 Offering a draw Home .7. The rook will automatically be moved to its square by the program.New game sets up the pieces in their initial positions for the start of a new game. If you try to execute a move that does not conform to the rules of chess. and drag the piece onto a new square. To castle move only the king two squares to the left or right. If you have just played a game. involve longer lasting processes. Another less well-known rule is that for pawn promotion: “If a pawn reaches the opposite back rank. When entering the move on the 2D board. The promotion must be made as soon as the pawn reaches the back rank.2 Choosing colours and flipping the board The space bar is used to tell Fritz to make a move. 8. e. An en passant capture may only be made on the move which immediately follows the pawn’s double move. the piece will simply jump back to its original square.Offer draw offers a draw. a computer vs. 5 . then the latter can take it as though the pawn had only made a single move”. If you want to play with White yourself. 8. it will always start again with the last playing level which you set. computer game. 8. 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. except a pawn or a king. automatic analysis. if you want to play a game against the computer. simply make the first move with the white pieces.” The program only accepts legal moves. Fritz will only accept a draw when the evaluation is exactly 0. 8 Playing against Fritz After installing your program. You can also click the piece and then the destination square (or first the destination square and then the piece). top left in the menu browser. click and hold down the left mouse key.3 Moving the pieces To move a piece. When you start your program in future. All such processes can be stopped by a left mouse click on the stop button. move the mouse on to it. or when it is clearly worse off. It is a legal move in chess. the starting square is marked with a cross.

At the same time a dialog box appears via which you can set the speed via the slider (to the right = faster). or by right clicking under the board to access the menu. 8. 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.8 Navigating through a game with the slider Fritz has a new and intuitive way of navigating through games: the slider.Blunder Check looks for major errors.8. either to replay it or to analyse it.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. Using the right or left arrows on the keyboard goes to the next or previous move.10 Analyse a game Analysis .cbh. You switch on the slider by right clicking the board and then under Board design – Slider. 8.9 Playing through a game automatically The * key will automatically replay the current or most recently played game on the board. Analysis . You can always access this database and load a previously played game into the board window.6 Saving a game All games you play against the program are automatically stored in a file called autosave. This is particularly useful in long or annotated games.5 Resigning a game Home . 8.Full Analysis will analyse the whole game.Resign resigns the game. 6 . For a description of the options Full Analysis and Blunder Check see the chapter on: Analysis. 8.

Important note: in this mode the moves are not checked for their legality. use the menu Training – Calculation training. Calculation training can be done in any position.11 Calculation training Accurate calculation of variations is the very basis of chess. 4. So regular calculation training with Fritz will bring about a clear increase in playing strength. calculating is much easier than in a normal game. because you can see your calculations in the notation. However. 7 . This makes sense especially during live broadcasts if the players are thinking about a move for a long time. 9 Levels of skill The program is able to adjust its levels of skill right down to beginner level. Score quality of calculation – the engine checks the quality of your calculation and awards points. A window then appears where you can enter moves without the pieces moving on the board. if desired. Finish calculation training and. Fritz offers a series of aids (see the section of help during games) which can be used during a game. 2. add the results to the game as variations. 3. This takes longer. To do so. almost all games are lost because of errors in calculation. go to Training – Calculation Training. Restart calculation training – clears all previous variations.8. Tip: You can also do calculation training on the server: from a broadcast. Check tactics – the engine checks whether the move makes sense tactically. Check validity – checks the notation for illegal moves. You can click in the notation and with the arrow keys execute moves to insert variations at specific points. In addition. Especially amongst players of medium and lesser strength. 5. In calculation training you have access to five functions via five different buttons: 1. But the position on the board will not change.

flash a red light below the board when there is a good move available for you.Sparring On this level the program plays a reasonably strong game. but at the same time it intentionally allows the user to carry out winning combinations. In the browser list on the left it is possible to choose pre-defined types. i. In the mode for Rated game your playing strength is evaluated under tournament conditions. When you start it asks you for your “Handicap”.1 Handicap and fun Training – Level .3 Sparring Training .g. “Sparring” is good for moderately advanced players to club players. You can also specify whether the program should “point out wins”. Handicap and Fun have an appropriate strength defined for them.Levels or Training.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. 9.2 Friend Mode Training – Friend Mode: In this mode the program automatically adjusts its level of play to match that of the opponent. The indications of playing strength are only very rough evaluations. By moving the sliders you can accentuate or decrease the type of behaviour you choose for Fritz.1. according to your results. 9. When you switch on “Sparring” mode there is a choice from very easy to really hard. The levels Friend mode. Sparring. The handicap mode is particularly suitable for beginners and less advanced players.1. 9.1. If you give a high value (e.e. Blitz and Tournament game are levels involving maximum playing strength. Afterwards the program will adjust your handicap to reflect your real playing strength. 200 = two pawns) the program will reduce its strength considerably.The skill levels are selected via Home . 8 . The “Friend mode” is suited to more advanced players.1 Levels of skill with reduced playing strength 9. In handicap mode. the opening book is switched off. This is similar to golf and is measured in 100ths of a pawn.

Examples: 1) 2 hours for 40 moves.2 Tournament games Home – Long Game: Here you can set longer time controls for long games. Or you can select one of the common levels predefined on the left. Unlike in shuffle chess. There are two conditions: the rooks must be on each side of the king. 9.g. and the bishops must be on different coloured squares. second time control 1h 0 min 20 moves.g. If you set the time of the second and third time controls to zero they are ignored.3. You can also use a “Fischer clock” which gives each side a time bonus for each move (e. “Human bonus” allows you to allocate more time for the human player: Human bonus/Min increases the basic thinking time in minutes. a fact that has given the game its name. five minute blitz or 25 minute rapid chess game). and 30 minutes for the rest of the game (a very common tournament control). The other pieces are placed on the first and last ranks in a semirandom fashion. e. Human bonus/move the additional time per move in seconds. 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. one hour for the next 20. 9 . 9.1 Chess 960 Home – New Game: This is a variant of shuffle or random chess defined by the former world champion Bobby Fischer. This means that there are 960 different starting positions. second time control 0h 0 min. 9. They have different time controls and almost any kind of tournament games can be played. third time control 0h 0 min. You can adjust each of the time allocations or number of moves per phase. thereafter always 20 moves per hour: First time control: 2h 0 min 40moves.2. 4+2 = four minutes for all the moves plus two additional seconds for each move made).g. third time control: 0 h 30 min 2) 2 hours for 40 moves.2 Full-strength playing levels – Setting thinking time These playing levels are mainly for strong club players and professionals. In the starting position the pawns are placed as usual on the second and seventh ranks.1 Blitz. two hours for the first 40 moves.9. but equally for both sides. You will find a full description of the rules for Chess 960 in the online help. They usually have a number of phases. castling is also possible in Chess 960.2. The first time control is always used. then 30 minutes for the rest of the game: First time control: 2h 0 min 40 moves.3 Special game modes 9. which are often referred to as “tournament games”.

9.2 Two different engines play a match Engine – Engine match opens a dialog allowing you to choose and set up engines for a match. If the match is to start from pre-defined positions (e. In the rated game dialog box you can set the playing strength. to the end of the game Analysis – Shootout opens the dialog box Shoot Out.5 Computer against computer 9. 10 Help during games Fritz offers a series of help functions during a game. Suicide Chess. the Nunn match). 10 . After a certain number of games you will get an evaluation of your performance and. a title award from the computer. A left mouse click on New opens the list of engines for you to choose from. the opponent must point this out and the move must be taken back.2 Giveaway chess Home – New game: Also known as Losing Chess. The king has no special role and can be taken just like any other piece. if this is good.1 An engine plays out the position on the board against itself.3. set the thinking time and determine the number of games. this is one of the best-known variants of the game. The rules are simple: they are the same as in classical chess.5.g.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. If a player can capture in more than one way he can choose any of the captures. The option Doubling allows you to play for (virtual) money. 9. except that capturing is compulsory. 9. The first player to lose all his pieces wins the game. 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. Killer Chess or Take-all Chess. Define the engine and the openings book. If an opportunity to capture is overlooked. If a player is stalemated he also wins. then choose a database with openings positions by left clicking on Process Test Set. In rated games you will not be able to take back moves or look at the openings book.5.

Coach is watching activates the coach. This trainer appears when you make a mistake. as a result. Whenever Fritz makes a move. 10. yellow for contested squares. under certain circumstances the screen layout may be altered. 10. and green for safe ones. If. showing the starting and destination squares for that move. all the squares it can reach are displayed in colour: red for danger squares on which you will almost certainly lose material.2 Threatened squares Training – Threatened squares: When you click on a piece to move it. Unticking the box Training – Explain all moves will close this window. When you start the move explainer.1.10. In the list the good moves are at the top and the bad ones at the bottom. pieces which come under attack are displayed in the same way The “Threatened squares” function is especially recommended for beginners.1.1.3 Coach is watching Home . as it helps avoid blunders. A mouse click on a move in the list brings up a green arrow on the board. You can either get a hint to take back the move or you can use choose to ignore the advice and play on. 11 . 10.1 Permanent help These are help functions which can be set up permanently on-screen. other pieces are blocked. these are displayed in red.1 Explain all moves Training – Explain all moves opens a separate window which contains a brief commentary on every legal move.

10. 1/100ths of a pawn) how grave an error must be for the coach to intervene.1. its effects on the board are indicated visually with arrows.6 Spy Training – Spy switches on the spy.In the menu Application Menu – Options – Game – Coach you can change the sensitivity of the coach. Attacking motifs and defensive options are shown for every square whenever you roll the mouse over it. To display opening hints you need to have an openings book loaded. 12 . the program points out the most important moves with green arrows. there is a display of possible counter moves.5 Opening hints Via the menu Training – Opening hints you can access useful information for the opening phase of a game. During it.e. time” gives the amount of time it should spend when calculating advice. i. Unlike the “Show threat” function. 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.4 Dynamic hints Training – Dynamic hints: As you enter a move. 10. “Threshold” specifies (in centipawns. 10. The initial phase of a game of chess is known as the “opening”. which shows you with arrows what Fritz is planning as its next move or what it is threatening.1.1. “Calc. You will find a complete description of this feature in the online help.

The first screenshot shows that there is no threat of mate in the offing. So. 10. the more complex the tactical and positional aspects of the position. of the current board position. in plain text.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. It generates a brief strategic description.1. 13 . obvious threats.1. Generally speaking a game with the Spy switched on is played at a noticeably higher level. what is the significance of the display with the two clocks? This example is taken from an early phase of the game.7 Position tutor Right click in notation window – Show position tutor This srarts a special chess engine which has a lot of chess knowledge.This function is helpful not only for beginners. The next one comes from an advanced phase of the game. The higher the value displayed. since it helps you avoid elementary tactical errors. “Hotness” gives an idea of how complicated and sharp the position is. 10. 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.

14 . This does not work if you use the openings book from the DVD since nothing can be stored on a write-protected DVD. see the chapter on functions in the openings book. You too can consult the openings book during the game and choose your moves from it.1. The various scales allow a beginner or a spectator to see at a glance the present status of the game. A left mouse click on the entry Openings book in the notation window brings it to the front.9 Extra Book Pane At the start of a game. A mouse click on any move will execute that move on the board. Also. 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. For the meaning of the numbers in the openings book. containing complex tactical and positional problems. Fritz chooses moves from its openings book. In the standard layout. the mate-o-meter tells us that the potential threat of a mate has risen. the openings book is displayed in the same window as the notation. 10. If the openings book is stored on the hard disk.Here you can see that the position is very sharp. For every position a list displays all the moves that are contained in the openings book. The measurements window is especially useful for beginners as it offers them useful guidance during a game itself. The final example shows the mate-o-meter display in a position where there is a mate in three.

2. 11 Settings When the program is first started. or main and sub-variations from games. 11.3 Threat Home .).1 Hint Home . you are presented with a list of possible engines. 10.2 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.1. 10. 11. the evaluation of the position.3 Evaluation profile 15 .1 Program options All settings can be accessed via Application Menu – Options. settings for the engine window. 10. Some functions automatically optimise the screen layout for this purpose. the program returns to the previously defined screen layout. After the function has ended.Threat displays the move which Fritz is planning. Every such window layout can be saved and loaded later. Before loading a kibitzer.2.2 Engine The engine window displays the moves which have been calculated. 11.10. etc. A right mouse click in a window opens the dialog with settings for the active functions (board options.2. It is also possible to switch between notation and openings book.2.1 Notation The notation window displays the moves played so far. certain basic settings are loaded.2 Switching windows on and off The ribbon menu View is where the different windows can be switched on and off. these include program options and screen layout.Suggestion and Fritz will suggest a move for the position.Hint give a hint suited to the present position.10 Add kibitzer Engine – Add Kibitzer opens a new window. You can also display your notation in the classic view of a score sheet by choosing Score sheet. From the calculations of the kibitzer you can get suggestions as to what to do in your game. and what the present threat is. 11. search depth and other information about the engine or the process of calculation. More than one kibitzer can be used at any one time. in which another chess program (engine) calculates as a spectator.2.2 Suggestion Home . 11. The latter can be changed according to numerous parameters. 10. in figurine or algebraic notation.2.

11. The scale is in “centipawns”.2. A red bar means the machine is ahead.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.2. 11.8 Explain all moves This loads a window containing explanations for every possible move in the position on the board. A yellow bar is one that goes beyond the scale of the current window.2. 11. Superimposed in the evaluation profile is the time each side has used.5 Clock Window Activating this function puts the clock in its own window. The bars above the base line denote an advantage for White.3 Screen layout: choosing presets View – Standard Layouts opens a dialog for the choice of fixed screen layouts. the black line the time for the computer. or up and down). 11. 11. The display is engine specific and not supported by all engines.7 Engine output This window is reserved for additional messages directly from the engine.4 Extra Book Pane Activating this function installs the openings book in its own window. 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. 1/100ths of a pawn.2. Above it the mouse arrow changes into a symbol with two arrows pointing in opposite directions (right to left.2.6 Chatter In the talk window below the board you can choose to have displayed text comments and names of openings.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. i. Deactivating it puts the openings book into the notation window as an option. 11.e. 16 . The blue line marks the time you have used. deactivating it installs a digital clock at the right in the status line below.The evaluation profile graphically displays the evaluation and times in the course of the game. The scale is in seconds. below the base an advantage for Black. a green bar that you are better.

can be “undocked”. 11. 11. but makes rather high demands on your graphics capability. Individual panes such as notation. Icon list .The program now has a new window management function for more intuitive “docking”. To dock. The program has genuine virtual reality chessboards.6. the size of which can be changed at will (see the section on manually changing the screen layout). If you wish to make frequent use of this setting. you should have an upto-date graphics card with special 3D functions. holding down the mouse button. 11. 17 . You can turn. tilt and zoom into the 3D board. hold down the button and move the mouse arrow into the coloured area of the arrow button. background. 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.2 3D Board Board – Board 3D switches to a photo-realistic three-dimensional view of a chess board.Board 2D This switches to the two dimensional board.6. chatter.5 Reversing an altered screen layout View – Standard Layouts. This button makes it possible to decide the position of the pane with much greater accuracy. The 2D board is displayed in its own window. You will now find on the program screen several arrow buttons. Choosing a standard layout reverses changes made to the screen layout. Now release the mouse button and the positioning you wanted will now be installed. A click on (X) in the top right hand corner of the pane brings that pane back to its original starting position. engine.6 Board options Fritz offers configurable 2D and 3D boards.Flip board turns the board 180 degrees. drag the window across the screen. click on the handle and. The positioning button appears every time you put a pane in a new position on the screen and want to dock it.1 2D board Board . etc. 11. Right mouse click in the board window opens a dialog for the setting of board colours. To use it. For the 2D board you have the choice between various designs. This then gives you a preview of the exact positioning of the pane you wish to move within the window.

With your version of Fritz you receive a database with thousands of games from international tournaments. 12 The database and database functions Fritz manages games and positions in as many databases as you want.Under the 3D board you will the button for Settings. accessing tournament tables. 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.2 Changing the presentation – Display by themes In the database window. changing to another database. loading one or more games into the board window. Tactics: displays an index of tactical middlegame themes. 12. looking for games. 12. Other functions in the database window are: opening different databases. installing or deleting indexes. A double click on an index opens it and shows sub-indexes or games which have been classified. Themes: displays an index of general themes. This displays the contents of the database which is currently open in different ways.1 The database window Home . copying games either to or from another database. Strategy: displays an index of strategic middlegame themes.3 Open database Database window – Application Menu – Open Database launches a Windows dialog for opening files.Database opens the database window. Opening: displays an index of the openings. 18 . read or edit databases in various formats (cbh. Fritz can open. analysing one or more games. Endgames: displays an index of endgames. etc. Tip: The 3D representation also requires a current version of Direct X. 12. You can always confirm your choice. Only databases in cbhformat can handle all the indexes. The dialog allows you to select between various parameters and effects. Clicking on an index tab allows you to install a new index if there is not one there for the database in question. creating a new (empty) database into which to enter games. You can add games or copy games to any database. cbf or pgn). which is supplied on the DVD.

Year: searches for games from a specific time frame. Capital letters need to be input accurately. where you define the criteria for your games search. Tournament and Annotator also produces results: for instance. no matter who had which colour. Black. Entering parts of words in the boxes for White. CTRL+A marks all the games in the list.6 Merge games to get an overview of variations Keyboard: CTRL+Shift+Arrow up/down marks games. Keyboard: Enter loads all the games to provide an overview of the variations. including capital and small letters. ECO: searches for games from a specific opening (classified according to the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings).4 Create database Database Window – Application Menu – New Database launches the dialog for saving files. names and first names. 12.Change to the drive and folder from which you wish to open a database.7. 19 . ELO: finds players within a specific ELO range (playing strength).5 Load games to board window Double clicking on a game loads it to the board window to replay or analyse. Text: finds database texts. 12. “and” also finds games by Anand. 12. Tournament/Annotator: search for games from a specific tournament or annotated by a specific person. 12.1 Game data White/Black: fields for players. D85-D85 finds all the games classified under D85 (the modern Exchange Variation of the Greenfield Defence). stalemate or check). Change to the drive and folder in which you wish to create a database. You must take care with spelling. Result: finds games with the specified result (including mate. Moves: finds games of the specified length. 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. Ignore colours: with this option all games between the two players are searched for.7 Search for games Database window – Home – Filter games opens the search mask. 1999-1999 finds games only from the year 1999.

Mirror horizontal: finds the position specified with the colours reversed. Exclude board: to enter the pieces / structures which should not be present.Delete: the marked games are struck through and marked as „deleted“.g. saving and editing games / Position setup In Fritz you can enter games.12.1 Create a new game Home – New Game creates a new game in the starting position and empties the notation window. save them. To enter the position.3 Position This searches for games containing specific positions. (Definition: looking for a position which has a white pawn on d4 and which does not have a white pawn d4) 12. Length: how long the specified structure should remain on the board (in half moves) Last: up to which move should the search continue. Mirror vertical: finds the position specified with the board sides reversed.7. In this mode you can enter moves for both sides without the program making moves in reply. 13.5 Annotations This searches for annotated games containing specific text. The menu in the icon list „Remove Deleted Games“ permanently removes deleted games from the database. Or board: to enter alternative possibilities.Save opens a dialog with text boxes to save a game. Look for board: to enter the pieces / structures for which you are looking. 12. you proceed as in position setup.7. graphic or special commentary.3 Delete game In the database window.2 Medals This looks for annotated games which display a specific characteristic. 12.7. Application Menu – Home .: Look for board: white pawn on d4. Then tick the box Engine – Switch off engine. edit them in any way and save the changes in the game.7. e.2 Save a game Application menu . Copy board: copies the position from the board window into the search window. 20 . (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. 13. add to them. 13 Creating.4 Search window First: the first move from which to search. 13. Exclude board: white pawn on d4. Sources of error: The start position cannot be found with the definition = 5. change them.

Clicking on a piece prepares this piece to be placed on the board. The Move number box decides what numbers should be used for the following notation. The Castling boxes decide what castling is allowed. The Side to move boxes decide which side moves next. Right clicking on a square places a piece with the opposite colour of the one that you selected.5 Edit game In the game window. right clicking in the notation window opens a dialog with the selection of commentary tools and various settings. The mouse cursor takes the form of the piece that has been selected when you move it over the board. Clicking on a square containing a piece of the same type and colour empties the square.4 Replace game In the database window. Copy FEN copies the position in FEN format to the Windows clipboard. Application Menu – Save – Replace Game overwrites an already saved game. 13. You can find a detailed description of these functions in Fritz’s online help. The En Passant box determines the row in which an en passant capture is allowed. Paste ASCII and Paste FEN copy a position that has been stored in the Windows clipboard onto the board. Clear Board empties the board. commentaries and analyses to a game that has already been saved in the database.13. which you can start by hitting the key F1. Note: You can find a detailed explanation of words like PGN and FEN in Fritz’s online help. pressing the key S opens a dialog to set up a board position.6 Setup Position In the game window. Clicking on a square in the board places the selected piece. 13. Some of these functions are only active when a game has been loaded or is being played. If this box is left empty en passant is not permitted. 14 Analysis Fritz offers many functions to make automatic or manual analyses of positions or complete games. This is most useful for later adding moves. 21 . There are two buttons beneath the figures: White <-> Black swaps the colours and mirrors the position vertically. Copy ASCII copies the position in ASCII format to the Windows clipboard. 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.

14. Threshold: This setting determines what deviation from the evaluation there should be before a suggestion is made. Analysis – Deep Position Analysis opens a dialog box with options for analysing the position. Storage: This option is only active if the function is called from the database window.14. such as natural language comments. Storage: Append adds the analysed versions of the games to the end of the database. Annotations: These boxes activate and deactivate different types of annotations.4 Position Analysis In the board window.1 Options for Full Analysis Calculation Time Per Move: The calculation time for each move in seconds. 14. starting from the position on the board. The default values are set sensibly.2. Storage: Replace overwrites the games with the analysed versions. Database – Full Analysis analyses one or all of the games that have been marked in the game list. 14.2 Automatic Blunder Check in a game Analysis – Blunder Check opens a dialog box with settings for the automatic blunder check.3 Full Analysis and Blunder Check In the database window. Storage: This option is only active if the function is called from the database window.1 Automatic Analysis of a Game Analysis – Full Analysis opens a dialog to set the options for a full analysis. The analysis can be halted at any time by clicking by clicking the Stop Process button in the ribbon. Output: This decides whether the suggested moves should be added as variations or as text commentary in the game notation. Check main line/Check variations: This determines where Fritz should search for errors. 14.1. Write full variations: If this is deactivated suggestions made are only a single move. for instance for adjourned games. 22 . This looks for errors in a game and in variations already included in the game. graphical comments on the board or the insertion of training questions. Last move: This determines where the analysis is to begin (in reverse order). The analysis ends at the point where the loaded opening book ends. so it is possible to start an analysis by immediately clicking on OK. This threshold is expressed in centipawn units. For the full analysis the game is examoned backwards. Training: If this is activated Fritz puts training questions in the game notation. Erase old annotations: Activating this option deletes all old commentary. The original games are left unchanged. The default settings are sensible. 14.1 Options for the Blunder Check Side: This determines which side’s moves should be checked for errors. 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. Threshold: This determines the minimum deviation from the best evaluated move that should be considered an error. Side: This determines which side’s moves should be analysed. so you can immediately begin the analysis by clicking on OK. Referenz-DB: This opens a dialog to select a database which should be used as a reference for the analysis.

4. If the option Standard Size is deactivated the exact size can be determined in pixels. and the format of the numbers. The button Parameters offers additional settings for experts. 15 Print Fritz prints the current game. Evaluation window: This determines the maximum deviation that is allowed. Branching in 1st (2nd. Coordinates: This determines whether coordinates should be used. Layout: This determines the borders and the number of columns. Page numbers: This determines whether the pages should be numbered. The mate announcements made by other engines during game play or analysis are not always exact. Length of variations: This determines the length of the variations to be suggested. 14.2 Print game This prints the full notation of a game. Application Menu – Print opens a menu with different options. The engine Mate 2. Branching: White. Clicking on an engine in the list selects this engine for the mate solution. plus (Root): This is the additional time allowed for analysing the original position. 3rd) move: This determines the maximum number of variations to be analysed for each move. Not every mate engine has all of these settings. for suggesting a variation. 15.1 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. Black. 23 . in centipawns. Activating the option Last move also displays the last move of the solution. and where they should be. along with all diagrams and notation. as well as the size of the left margin. Diagram title: This determines the headline and bottomline.5 Mate Search Home – Levels – Mate Search opens a dialog box to set options for a mate search. Fritz 12 has several engines which are designed to solve mate problems. and the evaluation of a game that is in play. Both: This determines for which side variations should be analysed.14.1 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. Only the engines listed in this dialog window are guaranteed to find the shortest possible mate.16 is also able to solve the problems Helpmate and Selfmate. 15. Title: This determines the style of each page’s headline and footline. or with the same colours that the diagram has on the screen. If diagrams are included in the notation (see Edit game above) they are also printed out with the notation. Fonts: This determines the size and style of the fonts used.

When the openings book is copied to the hard drive the program learns from the games it plays and writes comments into the book. 15. % = The success of this move as a percentage. 17. By using these comments (weightings) Fritz avoids opening moves which have led to losses and prefers moves that have led to wins. Av = The average Elo rating of the players who played this move. 16 Using the Windows clipboard for copying diagrams and notation Fritz can copy notation and the current board diagram into the Windows clipboard. without taking the weighting into consideration. If you click on this button a Windows dialog appears to open a file. Prob = The probability that the move will be played. whereas Bitmap creates a board graphic. text creates a TrueType diagram. Select the drive and folder of your computer which contains the openings book that you wish to use.1 Display The numbers after the moves have the following meanings: N = The bumber of games in which this move has been played. 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. Insert content).15. 24 . Perf = The Elo performance that was reached by playing this move. The menu Edit – Openings Book – Reset Weights deletes the results that have been learned. taking the weighting into consideration.3 Diagram This prints the current game position. [%] = The probability that the move will be played. 17 Openings book functions Clicking on the Openings Book tab in the notation window displays the openings book. These can be pasted back into Fritz. The openings book displays a list of all the moves that have been played in the current board position.4 Evaluation Profile This prints the evaluation profile of the current game. Home – Paste Position/Game copies positions or game notation from the Windows clipboard into the notation window or as a board position. You have to choose the desired format in the input options of your word processor (Winword: Options. Home – Copy Game copies the notation in the selected form (short or long notation) into the Windows clipboard. If no book is being used a button is displayed to load an openings book. The format of the diagram can be configured by the options in the menu Page setup.

Book options opens a dialog window to change the book options..=.: 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. +-.2 Editing moves in the book Moves have different colours. 17. Learning strength: This determines how much effect the results of the games played should be made to the book (right is maximum).. 17. Red: The move is never played. normal games and games with reduced playing strength. Tournament book: Activating this means that only green moves will be made (if present). Use book: This determines whether the book is used. Normal. Delete move: This deletes the move from the tree. Blue: The move is only played if certain statistical criteria are fulfilled. 25 . Don’t play in tournament: The move is coloured red and will no longer be played. Right clicking on a move in the openings book opens a dialog with options for this move. The colours have the following meaning: Green: The move is played whatever the statistics say. Variety of play: This determines how many moves are used in the repertoire (slider right is maximum). The buttons Optimize.17.. 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). Main move: This promotes the move.. Change weight: This increases or decreases the probability that the move will be played.3 Book options Key F4. Handicap: Preset modes for computer chess.. Delete subtree: This deletes all the games in which this move was played from the tree. Only one of the main moves will be played. Minimum games: This determines the minimum number of games that must have been played for a move to be used. and it will now be marked green.?. whatever the statistics say.

18. Delete whole tree: This deletes the whole tree from the disk. Other options: Change hash table size. Import book: This imports the moves from another openings book into the current openings book. Reset weights: This deletes all the learning values from the current openings book. Weed tree: This removes moves that have rarely been played from the tree. Properties: This opens a dialog window to display or change important features of the openings book.2 Create new openings book Application menu – New – Openings book opens a dialog window to create a new (empty) openings book. Sort: This changes the list display according to the number of played games (N). or the performance of this move. Close book: This closes the openings book. 18. Allow move adding: If this is activated moves added to the openings book are saved. 18. the success of a move (%). activate tablebases (Nalimov endgame databases).Search games: This searches the currently loaded database for games containing the board position. Choose font: This opens a dialog to change the size and type of the font. 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). (This is not possible with openings books on CD or DVD). 17. the average Elo of the players. 26 . 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. delete hash tables.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. 18 Advanced functions Fritz offers a multitude of special funvtions which are only intended for those with experience in the use of chess programs. Import old book: This imports the moves from an openings book in an old format.3 Change engine Engine – Change main engine opens a dialog to select a new chess engine. switch off engine.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.

4.com.e. Buying the program gives you access to the server for one year. It is sensible to play games with a search depth from five onwards. Tournament type: This determines the type of tournament. Options in engine tournament dialog: Invite Engine: This selects an engine to take part in the tournament. Note: Program upgrades are made exclusively on Playchess.4. 18. Unify Hash: This determines that all engines should have the same size hash tables.2 Engine Tournament Engine – Tournament opens a windows dialog to create an engine tournament. New offers are continually being made on the server. If only one engine is selected it will play out the game against itself.com in the start window. On the server there are offers that you can access by pressing the button marked Playchess. discuss games or simply chat with one another. Edit: This changes the parameters of the selected engine. 18. Invite Human: This inserts the named Fritz user as a participant in the tournament.3 Open Engine Tournament Ctrl-Shift-O opens a dialog to load an already existing engine tournament.4 Play from a position Analysis – Shootout opens a dialog with options for a shootout (i.18. Cycles: This determines the number of rounds in the tournament.1 Access requirements In order to use the chess server you need a stable Internet connection.4 Engine versus Engine 18. playing from a given position).4. 19 Functions of the chess server Fritz 12 offers complete access to our chess server Playchess. Time control: This determines the length of the tournament. Delete: This deletes a participant from the tournament. 18. Using the chess server you can play games with people from around the world. You can find a detailed description of the server functions in the program’s online help. If you intend to play chess on the server frequently you will need a fast connection. 27 . analyse games. This opens a dialog with options to carry out a tournament with different engines or a combination of engines and humans. Clicking Run/Continue restarts an interrupted tournament. Unify Book: This determines that all engines should use the same openings book. 19. such as cable or DSL. One or more selected engines use the settings to play the game with different search depths from the current position to the end. Save the tournament file after choosing the tournament name.1 Engine Match Engine – Engine Match opens a dialog to load two engines and to set the options for an engine match.4. The results give information about the way in which the evaluation of the position is going.com.

Country.playchess. Accounts without a valid email address are deleted after a while. The following data must be input: Unique Nickname: the name that appears in the player lists. This is the only way that we can send you a reminder. 28 .2 Setting up an account Clicking the button „Create New Player Name“ opens a dialog box called „User Data“.com. However. After connecting to the server you first see a dialog box called „Login“ in which you must enter your account name and password.19.2. At the same time this is used to identify the user to protect other users against the server being misused.2. 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.com in the start window. The email address that you use will not be used for advertising purposes. 19. including a user name and a password.1 Guest Access To try out the chess server it’s enough to enter as a guest.2 Server settings Accessing the content of the chess server is only possible if your Internet connection is active. 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. Email: Your email address is needed if you forget your password. 19. Clicking on the button „Enter as Guest“ allows you to immediately enter the server and see what possibilities are offered. This means that your Internet connection should be running before you click on Playchess. 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.

com. You can also make a challenge by double clicking on a name in the list. such as Best Youth Player. In the „Games“ window you see a list of all the games being played. Personal Information: Here you can enter optional personal data which can be seen by other users on the server. and you are given a short description of the activities taking place in the room. As soon as you enter a room you see a list of everyone in the room in the „Players“ window. As soon as you enter a room you can watch a game as a spectator. Rating and Title: This data.3 Playing online Playchess.1 Challenging players As soon as you enter a room you can challenge other players. The conditions for the game are presented in a configuration dialog.3 Choose password After entering the user data the dialog box opens „Choose password“. If „Allow Take Back“ is set a player can request to take back a move if an obvious input error has been made. 19. Please enter the serial number in the input fields. can be sent to the server. tournaments. By clicking on the name of a room you enter the room. For security reasons the server does not store any passwords in plain text.4 Enter serial number In order to use the server’s functions you have to authorize your account by entering a serial number. is used for special rating lists and awards. The available rooms are shown in the „Rooms“ window in a style similar to Windows Explorer. If the account already exists and has been activated there is no need to enter a serial number. Best Female Player.2. For safety reasons you have to type the password twice. 19. To do this you have to select a player (by clicking on his name in the list) and then clicking the button Challenge. etc. You can find the rules in the „Main Playing Hall“. The servers functionality is fully described in the online help documentation. or you can simply chat with the other players present. If the password is forgotten completely the user account is lost. For this reason a sensible text that is easy to remember should be chosen as the password. rules and ratings on the information page of the Main Playing Hall of the chess server. Change Picture: A picture which is no larger than 100 KBytes. Note: Please make a note of the password and remember it carefully. This picture is saved on the server and is sent yo your opponent when you are playing a game.2. Click on the tab Info -> Rules 19. The serial number is printed on the cover of the program’s user manual. If you forget your password you can request a reminder by email. Note: Please follow the rules for using Playchess. 19. You can enter your nationality manually. you can ask someone for a game. Note: A serial number can only be used to authorize one account.Find Coordinates: If you do not know the geographic coordinates you can enter the name of the next large town.3. Tip: You can find information about the server.com is made up of several virtual rooms. which is voluntary. The option “Send opening moves“ 29 . either in JPG or BMP format.

3.5 Kibitzing It is possible to watch other games being played live. then click the button „Accept“. In the menu „Game“ the challenger can load the first moves from a database. Select the challenge. 2. The game is started in a new window with the conditions as agreed. The challenge is then refused. for instance to insult other players. 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. 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. uncheck the box Home – Receiving Moves. The person who spoke to you will automatically receive your message. an adjourned game or a special opening variation.2 Accepting a challenge As soon as you enter a room your name is put in the list of people present. In the „Chat“ window there are two tabs called Inbox and Sent. and then double click on the game that you would like to watch. After you have selected one or several people to talk to you can type a message after the „>“ sign in the „Chat“ window. 30 . 19. 19.starts a game with a position other than the opening position. The text is sent by hitting the Enter key. Select the challenge. 19. You can talk to either one person or to several at once. Tip: When you are watching a game you can start an engine (Home – Add Kibitzer). You now have three possibilities: 1. Now you can enter your own alternative moves on the graphical chess board. If you would like to analyse the board yourself. To answer someone who has spoken to you you only have to click on the text in the „Chat“ window. When you check the box again the board will be overwritten by the server. In the Inbox tab you will see messages that you have received.4 Chatting It is possible to talk directly to other people on the chess server. Note: Misusing the chat function. If you agree to a challenge in principle. because he will receive the „email“ as soon as he logs onto the server. then click the button „Decline“. is not allowed and may lead to your ability to chat being blocked. To select the ones tou want to talk to you have to select them with Ctrl-Click in the player list. In this case a separate window will open in which the chess engine’s evaluation is displayed during the game.6 The internal mail system There is a mail system that can be used to send text messages to other users and receive replies.3. In chess circles it is usual to call spectators kibitzers. 19. Other users may challenge you to a game. In contrast to chatting it is not necessary that the other person is online. Incoming challenges are shown un the window „Challenges“ in red letters.

Pressing a second time resumes the presentation.wmv. Play: This plays an already loaded media file once more. The advantage of this is that the cgraphical chess board is fully synchronous with the video. The new Chess Media System requires Windows Media Player 9 or newer. Using the slider you can navigate to any position in the presentation. By using the Chess Media Systems it is possible to play videos that have been embedded in chess lectures. At the bottom of the window Audio/Video there is a small row of buttons that can be used to control the system. The board position is automatically synchronised with the lecture 21 3D Boards Fritz includes several attractive 3D boards and animated chess opponents. Stop: This stops a presentation of the Chess Media System. The Chess Media System is activated in the board window by the option View – Chess Media System. The address to send to is simply the name of the other player. 20 Chess Media System Fritz supports the Chess Media System. The option Board – 3D Board turns on the photo-realistic board display. 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. Pause: This pauses a presentation of the Chess Media System. 31 . They have the extension *.In the Sent tab you can create mails using the New button and send them to other users. Open: This opens files in Windows Media Player format.

Below the 3D display there is a navigation button. Beneath the 3D board there is a button Settings. Note: The photo-realistic 3D display requires the current version of DirectX.This representation is very life like. but it requires a lot of power from your graphics card. This opens a dialog window which can be used to choose between different visual effects. Clicking on the button Settings opens a dialog to choose between different board views and animated opponents. If you intend to use this function a lot you should buy a fast graphics card with special 3D functions. This button can be used to adjust the size and the rotation of the board in the window. The installation program offers the option to install the latest version of DirectX. 32 .

Select the type of interface and the Com port.1 Magic Eye in the 3D Board There is a „magic eye“ for every 3D board in Fritz.Double clicking on an element in the list starts the relevant selection dialog. 33 . 22 Appendix 22. 21. There is a complete description of all the options available in Fritz’s online help. Apart from this.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. The colour of the eye always follows the evaluation. This display is shown by two laser rays on the board. This magic eye shows what the program is currently calculating. in the top left of the screen you can see the chess board through the eye of the opponent.

In this case Fritz repeats the moves with which he has already defeated you.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. 34 . All Chessbase engines can be used for playing and analysis. move the slider left). CBH (new multimedia format from Fritz 5 and Chessbase 6. Solution: Change the book options to the setting „normal“.1 Fritz always makes the same opening moves. 23.3 General problems or irregularities with the graphic display It often happens that irregular behaviour happens with new graphics cards. 22. The reason for this is that the graphics card drivers have not been sufficiently tested. The highest Elo rating to date was Garry Kasparov in July 1999 with 2851.3 Kompatibility Fritz is compatible with all the current Chessbase programs.0 onwards). for instance the openings book on the program DVD. databases. The program supports the Chess Media Format.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). 23 Common errors and their solutions 23. Solution: In Application Menu – Print – Page Setup –Fonts – Font Type select the option ChessBase Alternate.If you are using a DGT external chess board you can activate the board with the option Board – DGT-Board. A) No openings book has been loaded.0 onwards). but 16-bit programs cannot be used with Windows NT/2000/XP.1 Windows. When copying games from a database in one format into a database in another format the games are automatically converted. Solution: Ask the graphics card manufacturer for an updated driver. Hobby players usually have a strength between Elo 1000 and 2000. training CDs/DVDs and Chessbase magazines. Fritz reads the openings book format CTG (new format drom Fritz 5 and Chessbase 7. 22. B) In the book options the setting „optimal“ has been chosen. CBV (packed CBH-Format) und the text format PGN. 23. Fritz reads and writes the Chessbase formats CBF (the old format for Chessbase 3 Dos to Chessbase 1. In some cases the problem can be solved by reducing the hardware acceleration (Control Panel – Display – Settings – Advanced – Troubleshoot – Hardware Acceleration. Solution: Load an openings book: Application Menu – Open .Openings Book. Fritz 1 to Fritz 4).

including interviews and thousands of new tournament games.23. 23. 25 The Chessbase catalog Chessbase offers many additional programs that complement Fritz. If you have problems you should check if you are using the newest driver for your graphics card. middle games and endgames. www. 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. The 3D display requires a recent version of DirectX. ChessBase Magazine and ChessBase Magazine Extra DVD give reports on the latest tournaments. also in the support link.com. By going to Control Panel – Display – Settings you can check the current settings. Hamburg 2009 35 .5 Problems with the Chess Media System The Chess Media System is based on components of the Windows Media Player.chessbase. Chessbase offers training CDs/DVDs about openings. such as the version that is included on the program DVD. If you want to use the 3D board you should install the version of DirectX offered by the setup program. Check that all the cards 3D functions are activated. the support link If this does not work use the support form on the Chessbase web site. at the end of every year a carefully edited database with many annotated games is published.com. © ChessBase GmbH. For instance.chessbase. Check that you are using Windows Media Player 9 or newer. There is a full list of products offered on the Chessbase web site. It is recommended that you use a card with special 3D functions.4 Problems with the 3D Board The display of the 3D board demands a lot of power from your graphics card. www.