FRITZ CHESS 14! The Ultimate Chess SoftwarePlay against FRITZ or play online at playchess.comFRITZ 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!
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2014

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“…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

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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
    • Storage: 1050 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
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Mostly Positive (59 reviews)
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Duncan
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Excellent chess game. The interface for Fritz 14 and Chessbase.com is clunky and not intuitive. But a little effort on learning the mechanics will pay off.
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Hyper Accelerated Dragon
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
This is an excellent chess analysis tool. Perfect choice for those trying to actually improve their play in chess and those who actually receive the mental benefits from playing. Not for the average lichess or chess.com player.
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Porphyrogen
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Excellent ! Recommended by all means.
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trax7ton77
( 103.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
I am a lover of playing chess. I was never in any chess tournaments or clubs. I learned how to play when I was 5. I have been playing casually since, off and on. Since my upgrade from wind 7, (I miss dearly, win 8 & 10 sucks), to 8, then to 10, I lost the standard programs that came with Win 7. Chess program was one of them. It was simple and easy to play. I bought Fritz 14 due to the lack of any decent chess programs that I was coming/searching across/for. I purchased Fritz 14 and I am not happy with it. It is the most unfriendly interface that I have ever experienced. I can not figure out how to set up games against te computer. I barely able to get a game going against a human (Sending my moves via email to my bro in prison) via emal. I recieve his move via email and I move his piece. This is fine. He is the only one I play. There is so much junk, not explained, junk to me anyways, and it's worse than maze of tangled fishing line. I guess if you love chess, and you are not Einstein, find a simpler chess program. Believe me, this program is not user friendly, I have many, many hours of frustration, and always ends with giving up. Try again a month or so later, still frustrating. The help feature is really bad. You can only enter predermined questions and so you have to settle for a listing that's "Close enough" to what you are asking it. The answer is short vague, and not helpful. Not in my case so far. I have yet to figure how to start a game against the AI. Tons and tons of databases that does not make sence. I just want to play chess, I don't give a crap of games already played, especially by some one else, even if it was Einstien's game or not. Save your money, save your frustrations for something worth being frustrated over, and just settle for a simple, inexpensive chess program. I will have to search again for such. Win 7 version not compatible with win10. After all, check out the number of reviews on Fritz 14 (positive ones), sure, mostly positive, but they are all the Einstiens in the world, and they are only about 40 of them in existance. I am not one of them of course. ;op
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Upandout8
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 20, 2015
I like chess. I do not like this game.
In trying 5 seperate sparring matches the computer gets stuck ending the match. By gets stuck I mean will not make a move. I was able to complete one and then while trying to use some of the functions of the program it froze. (computer on very fast, timer then resets if you try to move your piece after a set amount of time. Endless loop of nothing happening)
Also the game for me looks nothing like what is shown in the photos on the store page. I will assume thats on me and there are some settings I can change to make the game look less like free basic chess.
Even considering that it doesnt work not even for the 12 minutes I have clocked on it.
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ChunkyMonkey
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31, 2015
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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rdavis4167
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11, 2015
So I"m not working at this time. Needed something to do . I decided to brush up my chess skills with Fritz. After buying and having my money refunded, thanks, I decided to tell you chess software has regressed . This is a 40 dollar piece of software. The graphics are from dos 3.2 . My Windoes 98 software was far better(Power chess). The game locks up like nobodies business. This is one bad game. Thank you Steam for the refund> I'll try to buy again someday
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Jona
( 79.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29, 2015
Hell of a great chess game. It has all you need...to learn, to get help, to play at all kind of levels.....great database where you can replay master games in many ways. A paradise for chess lovers. Highly recommended!
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cseder
( 209.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28, 2015
Fritz Chess 14 is a version 14 front-end to ChessBase and is meant for serious players. You can get up to 64bit multi-core Engine capabilities via DLC, but VERY few will actually need this.

The interface is Identical to Houdini Pro 8, but the engine is off course Fritz 14 instead of the Houdini 8 Engine.
I use and enjoy both.

Recommended for serious players!
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christianwins
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11, 2015
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Excellent chess game. The interface for Fritz 14 and Chessbase.com is clunky and not intuitive. But a little effort on learning the mechanics will pay off.
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77 of 80 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Something you need to know about Fritz is that it hardly belongs in the games category. Think of it less as a fancy chess game and more of an analysis tool for chess enthusiasts.

Every single bad review you'll see for this program is due, not to some defect or bug, but because this is a bloody complex application and it's rather hard to intuit what it is you want to do. Reading through the manual, especially if something doesn't seem to make sense, is highly, *highly* recommended. If you just want to play chess, and nothing else, you'd be better served by the pack-in games that come with your operating system. The Fritz engine that comes with this software has a low end rating in the 1400s and is absolutely /not/ for beginners!

So what can you use this for? The killer feature for me is the ability to load up PGN-formatted games (I usually annotate them on my phone) and have the engine go through your game and note where and how you messed up. What you could have done better, and so on, using plain english.

This is starting to sound like a sales pitch, but in short, I recommend this whole-heartedly if you have more than a passing interest in chess.
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119 of 144 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 4, 2014
The user interface or engine is somewhat buggy but has potential. Fritz 11 SE seems to be the only engine included. The advertised Fritz 14 engine appear to be missing.
I know Chessbase since 20+ years and expect them to fix the problem.
For now, view this as Early Access.

Update: Looks like the Fritz 14 engine is now available though it did not install automatically.
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66 of 77 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
37.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
For context, Fritz Chess 14 is my first foray into a chess application with such a rich feature set.

Fritz Chess is a tremendously deep chess program capable of world class play whose creation dates back to the early 1990's and whose lineage includes computer chess wins over IBM's Deep Blue prototype. The engine itself is separated from the interface which allows for custom engines including {LINK REMOVED} (accessible from within the program). The included engines are Fritz 11 SE and Fritz 14 (default). The programs capabilities are wide ranging and far too numerous to completely enumerate here and depending on your expertise you may not exercise many of the features accessible through the interface which brings us to the question, is Fritz Chess worth the price tag?

The Steam version of Fritz Chess, "Fritz 14", is a single core application as opposed to "Deep Fritz 14" which is multi-core and more expensive. Therefore, for the price Fritz Chess 14 provides a welcome nominal discount as most non-advanced users will not require nor miss the multi-core support. The Steam version has single core support but leverages 64 bit Windows natively and thereby provides an optimal experience.

Opening Fritz Chess for the first time, especially if you have not been exposed to such a chess program before and no Chessmaster does not count, can be overwhelming. As soon as the interface is displayed the player can instantly derive that Fritz Chess is a feature rich, high value chess application. I'll enumerate the features available just on the "Home" tab. The other tabs being File, Insert, Board, Training, Analysis, Engine , View and of course everyone's favourite; "Help", which you'll be in dire need of if you ratchet the difficulty too high.

"Home" consists of: Paste Game, Paste Position, Copy Game, Copy Position, New Game, Cancel Move, Replay Move, Move Now, Resign, Offer Draw, Stop Clocks, Infinite Analysis, Blitz Game, Long Game, Levels, Hint, Suggestion, Threat, Coach is Watching, Database, Edit Game Data, Load Next Game, Load Previous Game. The feature set can be overwhelming to new users though a help file is just a click away, however there is no manual available via the Steam download nor on the store page. An oversight which should be fast tracked and corrected.

Casual players are in for a real treat as Fritz Chess will no doubt help you improve your game. Under the Training tab there are a wealth of training options such as but not limited to Opening and Endgame Training though I would like to elaborate on two additional modes. The first, Handicap and Fun which is essentially as the name implies, a handicap mode. This mode consists of many sliders such as Playing Strength but more importantly Fritz Chess comes equipped with a multitude of pre-sets ranging from Careless and ♥♥♥♥♥ to the upper tier opponent skills known in the program as Steam Roller and Assassin (misspelled in the program's interface as Assasin). These pre-sets can be individually fine tuned allowing the player enormous flexibility.

The second option, Friend Mode is more of an adaptive artificial intelligence that consistently always plays just somewhat better than the player. Combine these modes (or just plain old New Game) with the ability to turn on the program's help system allowing for the display of recommended moves (and moves not to make) plus a comprehensive database of more than 1.5 million games and you have an extraordinary learning tool.

To answer my opening question, yes, Fritz Chess is a good value and Fritz Chess is not only a tool that you can learn from but given it's engine customization features it is a tool that will grow with you as well.

Edit: Sept 22, 2014 - The multiprocessor engine is now available as dlc.
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44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
While not a strong player, (I not played chess in years) my main experience of chess programs have been chessmaster and some free programs. While Frtiz 14 program on steam has had its fair share of issues, they seem to be mostly fixed now, so what do you get with the steam version of fritz 14?

You get Fritz 14 GUI
Fritz 14 (single core engine)
fritz 11 SE (also single core)
crafty 23.05 (multi core engine)
Video beginner courses
Fritz 14 opening book (weighing in at 449 mb (not sure how many openings)
2013 database weighing in at 809mb and has nearly 3 million games
lets check database (subscription based)
and 6 months access to Premium membership to Playchess.com,

So for those wondering the difference between this version on steam and deep fritz, well the engine on the steam version is single core only, (apart from crafty) hence the lower price, otherwise I think there is no difference.

One thing I should point out is, while I do recommend the software, I don't recommend it for those new to chess, learning the basics, there are better ways to learn chess, Fritz is aimed at those that already have skill with the game, and want to go farther. So if you are a rank beginner and hope that Fritz will teach you the basics,, basic tactics and want good tutorials, I would look else where.

While Fritz does have training modes like Friends mode (which auto adept to your strength and play style), Handicap and fun, some opening and end game tutorials (as well as a few others) sparring mode that you can set the level 1400 up to 2480 and handicap position (removes pieces from the board) there are a few other modes too.

there are a few visual help options like spy, opening hints and so on.

Then we have a very powerful features of Frtiz, Full analysis mode and blunder check, (also have a infinity analysis mode too)

Two feature I just noticed, Fritz can also play chess 960 (where the chess pieces are randomly placed and with some extra rules) and givaway chess, (you are forced to capture any attacked pieces) these modes can be fun and access by the little down arrow on new game in the home tab)

You have a lot of options, so describing them all would take a lot of work. I'm only really covering the main features.

One thing I must mention is the extremely poor help file, it's just plain horrible, and doesn't really explain all the features of Fritz that well, even the PDF file seems to be more cut and paste from help file or vice versa, so some features (or many) might leave you head scratching on their purpose. So when you do start using the program, I highly suggest you check out videos done by Steve Lopez, as his videos have allowed me to understand a lot of features which would otherwise be unexplained or never used.

another aspect I will mention, Fritz does support UCI (Universal Chess Interface) engines, (free and commercial) so you can easy add more engines of your choice, (stockfish for example (which is free)

I think I will wrap it up by saying, I think the program deserves an 8 /10, but you should only get it if you know chess pretty well, but you also should only get this version if you not got a recent version of Fritz, as you may not see that many differences, (feedback from other players who have owned Fritz 13)

so after that, I don't think I have much else to add.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
221.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2015
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 any tools or tips for coffee related checkmates, (Coffee Temperature Gauge, Player Motor Skills vs. Reaction Timing Graph, Coffee Cup Center of Gravity Chart, Coffee Stain Probability Meter, Estimated Remaining Time of Cleanup, etc.) I believe this program is a substantial learning and teaching tool.

In essence, this software is great for improving your game and playing techniques, or even 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 multimedia files that explain the rules of the game as well as rated and timed matches, to differing analysis tools that suggest blunders, better moves and checkmate threats, to even more tools including subtle hints and showing every single possible move and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

I would like to warn potential buyers of Fritz 14, it can be very complex and intimidating to learn all of the programs offerings. I'm not questioning intelligence here but rather pointing out that Fritz 14 truly does go the distance in terms of analysis tools and options, and the time it may take to learn them can frustrate and be off-putting. However, in my opinion, once you learn how it all functions and how you can best use or customize the tools to your liking, it is that much more at your disposal. So, while figuring it all out can be an arduous task to master, I personally think it pays off in the long run, especially for anyone whom is seriously trying to learn and best the challenges that make Chess what it is.

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 is set 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 the PlayChess.com website, which offers news, training, a dedicated server for online matches, and likely a good deal more, all revolving around, of course, Chess. I must admit I tend to be a very esoteric individual (I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and I have not played online. I would have to imagine the community at PlayChess.com is a positive, intelligent and friendly one, however, this is purely my own speculation. All I can honestly say is "Multiplayer" is not really my scene, so by all means, click the web link and check it out if you are interested.

To conclude my review, I would personally recommend it happily to any player looking to go from being a good Chess player to a great one, from a hobby player to a pro player, or even an inexperienced player to a rather competent player. With patience and a bit of mindful dedication, 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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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Amazingly detailed Chess software. AI is pretty brutal. Even once you figure out how to turn it down it can still be rough. Casual Chess players might get more out of the free program WinBoard, but for serious Chess players, this is where it's at. If you are considering joining an orginization like the US Chess Federation, or any kind of club player status, owning this software can be a major tool for analyzing past games you have played.

Again, if you just want to play a bit of computer Chess, this may be a bit too beefy for you.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
I first met Fritz many years ago when it was the talking chess program and was mentioned together with Kasparov in New in Chess - Yes he was actually playing back then.

User interface is a bit nicer but really no major improvements. Included multimedia is aimed at beginners. Some more games commented by a stong player would be nice (remember the Karpov comments with (I think) chessmaster 3000?). The engine is still terribly strong for a measely human like me.

It's still just Fritz - a strong program with nice database options - both for reference and for storing your own games.

Is it a good buy? Well if you just want a chess program and a database then you should probably look at free options on the internet. But if you want to play at Playchess.com and use their material then it looks like a good deal because of the 6 months included membership. Should you consider upgrading with the DLC for 'Deep Fritz'? - well are you a superstrong chess player? I'm not so I wont. In fact I'm very happy with the chance to get Fritz+playchess for a good price and I dont miss 'Deep multicore etc.' options.

For reference I'm a "hobby" player with an Elo rating around 1900.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,209.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Updating from Fritz 8 is perhaps unnecessary: the older version by and large does the same thing. That said, I have not regretted purchasing Fritz 14 as I will try to establish below.

The newer Chessbase-themed GUI is very nice, but the chief benefit is that it is easier to manoeuvre the database. That in essence is the purpose of the Fritz chess suite: chess-playing software is ubiquitous and cheaper (and can play a stronger game: see the open-source multi-core Stockfish) but offering native Chessbase Reader (free) support along with plain-English analysis is of greater value for the serious chess student.

In limited games, I've found the Fritz 14 engine to be stronger than the Fritz 8 engine (processing power held constant) but that wouldn't be important really unless I was GM-standard.

Overall the cleaner interface wins the day. Dispensing the CD-media to enable the Steam experience is also very convenient, and I look forward to taking my Fritz experience anywhere my light laptop can go.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
ok so here's the deal. having fritz on steam is pretty awesome. but there's some things to consider:
if you already own fritz there's not much (if any) difference between this and the last few versions.
there is however a larger database so i'm assuming that's been updated from the previous version.
you're not getting deep fritz here so no multi core engine (atleast not fritz engine) if you want
multicore engines they can be used without a problem. so the real question is, is it worth it?
well that depends. do you already own fritz and have an active premium account for playchess.com?
if you do then this probably isn't a great option. however, if you don't already own fritz it's great!
if you do own fritz and your playchess premium account is about to expire, you're getting a serious
discount on extending the service. also, if you do have a previous version of fritz installed on your pc
it integrates very nicely and everything you had set up before is imported.

edit: deep fritz has been released as DLC but fritz trainer stuff seems intentionally broken for some reason cuz it works in fritz for fun.
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