FRITZ CHESS 14! The Ultimate Chess Software Play against FRITZ or play online at playchess.com FRITZ CHESS 14 is the most comprehensive chess program in the world. Whether you are new to the game or a Grandmaster, FRITZ 14 is suitable for all skill levels!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (42 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 22, 2014
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April 16

Can't get the game to launch? Here is a new suggestion!

Hey fans! One of our community members has come up with an awesome fix to the issue in the event the game does not launch. You can take a look at the advice here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/276750/discussions/0/620700960234806383/#p6

(I believe it's toward the bottom)

As always we're here to help so if you have any issues with the game please post to the forums!

Thank you for your support of Fritz Chess 14 and happy gaming!

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March 11

Follow-up to incorrect serial keys announcement

Dear Fans.

I hope everyone is enjoying Fritz Chess 14. I am posting this as an update to an earlier post I had put regarding incorrect serial keys that have been distributed through the Steam Client. I've been getting some emails regarding incorrect keys when they are correct. The most common mistake that is being made is that the security characters are not being entered into the box correctly. Also, when the serial key box pops up and you get a notice from your firewall, please don't block it otherwise the activation process won't work correctly.

If you have any questions about this please post in the forums and I would be happy to address them.

Thank You.

Jason Carver
Community Moderator at Encore Software

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Reviews

“…what is revealed is an incredibly deep, intelligent working and growing history of chess and the strategies leveraged while playing it. The coach option in particular is amazing, because it not only suggests moves to me, but does an excellent job of explaining why and also projecting upcoming 'best moves'...”
7.75 – Chalgyr's Game Room

About This Game

FRITZ CHESS 14! The Ultimate Chess Software

Play against FRITZ or play online at playchess.com

FRITZ CHESS 14 is the most comprehensive chess program in the world. Whether you are new to the game or a Grandmaster, FRITZ 14 is suitable for all skill levels!

The top-ranked Fritz Chess engine adjusts its playing strength automatically, offers coaching at all levels, explanation of chess positions, color coded danger warnings, openings statistics, automatic game analysis and training modules for openings, tactics and endgames. Whether you’re a chess beginner, club player or professional Grandmaster, FRITZ CHESS 14 has it all!

Take your game into the cloud at playchess.com and enter a virtual world of chess where players of all abilities can play and train using revolutionary new functions! -- not to mention a database of over 1.5 MILLION games! JOIN THE COMMUNITY!

Take advantage of “Let’s Check,” a database of over 200 Million extensively analyzed positions. This is a revolutionary new feature that allows players to join a giant, worldwide, community knowledge base for chess. Whenever you analyze a position in depth FRITZ 14 can send the main line and evaluation to a central server, to be shared by all participating users. Get deep analysis instantly for almost every position you analyze by the finest chess engines, running on the most powerful machines around. You will see the analysis of different chess engines and compare their results in the blink of an eye! This feature is available until December 31, 2015.

FRITZ CHESS 14 offers chess players all the world class tools they need to study, train, and play: a new and more powerful chess engine, a further enhanced ergonomic interface, detailed 3D boards and graphics, engine management, adjustable playing strength, coach functions, move explanation, game analysis and commentary, training modules for openings, tactics and endgames!

Key Features:

  • New and improved Fritz 14 engine (64 and 32 bit)
  • 6 months Premium membership to Playchess.com, the world’s largest online chess community. Play, train and watch online
  • 1.5 Million games database
  • Let’s Check! Database access to over 200 million extensively analyzed positions through December 2015
  • 18 different 3D chessboards, animated 3D opponents, 9 2D chessboards, 5 sets of 2D pieces
  • Complete video course by Andrew Martin: “The Two Knights – A Tricky Repertoire for White“
  • Play in Friend Mode, get hints and spy
  • Enjoy the Engine Match: Let the engines battle it out and just watch them crush each other!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: Pentium processor (or equivalent AMD® processor) 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1050 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
So far, I am very much enjoying Fritz Chess 14. While I'd like to consider myself a decent Chess player, I admit I still have much to learn of the game, such as end game calculations, mass attack and defense strategies, and how to not accidentally spill coffee on my chessboard while I play.

Although I haven't found tips for coffee related checkmates, I believe this game is a substantial learning and teaching tool. In essence, this software is great for improving your game and playing techniques, or teaching them if you enjoy being a Chess tutor. While you can indeed play a simple game of Chess with Fritz 14, it offers a great deal more than that, from rated games and multimedia files that explain the rules of the game, to analysis tools that suggests blunders, correct moves and checkmate threats.

I would like to warn potential buyers of Fritz 14, it can be very complex and intimidating to learn all of the programs offerings. It truly does go the distance in terms of analysis tools and options. However, in my opinion, once you indeed learn how it all works, it is that much more at your disposal. So, while it can be very confusing to master (perhaps even understand) at first, I think it pays off in the long run, especially for anyone whom is seriously trying to master the challenges that make Chess what it is. After using this program, I can easily understand if one would choose to call it "Software" rather than "Game".

The core game offers several types of 2D and 3D boards, not a considerable amount, but a few. A player can customize the pieces of the set, the board color and style, as well as the background table the board lays on. This is also the first Chess program I've played that offers 3D opponents that can move the pieces with their hands. While I prefer a simpler 2D Chessboard myself, I find the 3D opponents to be an interesting concept, and I certainly appreciate creativity.

From what I understand, the game also comes with a six month subscription to PlayChess.com, a website that offers Chess news, training, a dedicated server for online matches, and likely a good deal more. I must admit I tend to be a very esoteric individual (Did I mention this is my first Steam review?) and I have not played online. I would have to imagine the community at PlayChess,com is a positive one, however, this is purely my own speculation. Perhaps sometime I will find out for myself.

To conclude my review, I would recommend it happily to any player looking to go from being a good Chess gamer to a great one, from a hobby player to a pro player, or even an inexperienced player to a rather competent player. With patience, this program offers a considerable deal of training content and much more. However, if you would rather simply enjoy a Chess game or two, there are much less complex, not to mention cheaper, alternatives to Fritz Chess 14. And I personally recommend caution with certain malicious cups of coffee.

Good luck and happy gaming!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Great potentional but to many bugs and not a great overall experience!

In its current form, this software seems unfinished and unpolished.

  • Everytime I start the software, It launches a setup for Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable Maintenance. It's already installed so I just cancel the setup and the game starts just fine.
  • I bought the game just to play against a strong player with handicap. But I am not able to do so as I want. When I play agains the engine with "queen+move"-handicap, it plays fine, but when I castle, the engine expects white to play two moves in a row. After that, It's impossible to move pieces and I need to restart the game. Castling is only a issue in handicap-mode as it seems.

The analysis works fine and you are able to include other engines easily.

When the bugs are removed, I will update this review as well.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
While very in-depth, you expect much more completeness and polish from a $40 game. It's basically an excel spreadsheet version of chess with a ton of options. The user interface is the worst and there are plenty of bugs. Once interface is better I may update review.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Game does not work as it should....Other reviewers posted same issues regarding startup issues, freezing and crashing of program. Unable to fix with tech help, ended up with asking and recieving a refund after a week of tinkering. I cannot recommend this game in its current state. (MY OPINION!!)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This is a great software to run engines in, as well as the three engines included. This is also the only chess software that is available through Steam that takes itself seriously. So you don't have many options anyways. I bought this on Steam sale when it was $19.99 and $9.99 for "64 bit dlc".

You probably would only use the latest Fritz 14 engine, so basically you get one good engine and two old ones. There is a ton of included games from history from all the famous players. They can be searched by all criteria like years, last names, etc. There are many analysis options. You can see suggested moves on the go or analyse the whole game. One nice feature is intentionally vaguely worded hints. They give enough descriptive advice but don't directly give you the best move. You have an option for exact moves though.

While the core of the game is pretty good. But it is really puzzling how a known chess software maker can make a good engine and not take the effort to include more options in its main selling point which is the 2D and 3D representation of the chess board. You get very few options for the 2d chess board. There are nice wooden texture and tones included, but there are just five total! It doesn't even have the green and white traditional vinyl board colors that many players are used to. Doesn't have solid color options. You get too few chess graphics as well, and only 3 out of 5 are any good. The other two are abstract designs no one would use.

The 3d chess board graphics look nice but they look like they've been made very lazily. For example you get a number of options for traditional 3d pieces and boards but they can only be combined with solid color background. You can adjust something as insignificant as lighitng and reflection, but don't get many texture options for the background. The themed 3d graphics with backgrounds are pretty good, but they're mainly for novice players. In my opinion the experienced players would not bother running these nice looking 3d graphics since they are used to plain 2d diagram.

So basically I'd give it a 7 out of 10. You get lots of advanced options but not enough color and graphics variation. I'd even be willing to purchase additional ones as DLC if they were available. But there aren't any. Seems like such a missed opportunity to simply add more colors and graphics options. The only explanation I can think of is lazyness.
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