FRITZ CHESS 14! The Ultimate Chess Software Play against FRITZ or play online at 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!
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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:

(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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“…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

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 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, 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

    • 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
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
447.8 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Fritz 14 is an excellent, if confusing, piece of chess software. The mileage you get out of Fritz equals the amount of work you put into learning how to utilize its interface. If you want a simple chess program that is both aestheticly pleasing and fun to play against there are better options than Fritz. However, if you are looking for a robust program to analyze your chess games in minute detail, Fritz is perfect.

The built in chess engines are moderately powerful and sufficient for most players. Deep Fritz 14 is available as DLC if you want an engine that can fully utilize more powerful hardware. There are also more powerful (and free) engines readily available online that plug into the Fritz GUI with little trouble. I have personally been using Stockfish 5 and it has been working perfectly.

If you want to improve your chess game there are few tools I have encountered more valuable than Fritz.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 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, 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
At first I found fritz 14 to be very buggy and was unable to get it to start on my computer but after an hour or two I managed to get it working by going into the local content folders and manually installing parts of the software that for some reason did not install when I first downloaded it??

After this I was able to get on to the game and play around and again I ran into more problems which caused the games I was playing to crash like two moves in, any way I did something’s to it, and managed to sort this out and play full games
But there were still yet more problems with it, as some off the 3D views crash, having stated that I am a fan of chess and was not to put off by this and was happy with the overall playing capabilities of the of the software

This program is defo worth a buy if you love chess and want to develop your game better there’s all sorts of stuff you can do with it to help develop your strategies and become a better player ov the game but the interface will take some getting used to, and may need a look up on the old net to see how to use fritz 14 effectively there’s loads of stuff on YouTube/google that will show how to use it and get the most out of games!

so overall yes I would recommend it but only to serious chess fans or people who are keen to get into the game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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110 of 132 people (83%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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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54 of 56 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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63 of 71 people (89%) found this review helpful
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 cloud based engines (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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43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.7 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,

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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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
28.3 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
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 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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
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
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Pros: Strong engine. Awesome online community. Can watch grandmasters games and all tournaments. 6 month playchess/chessbase subscription. Easy chess engine import and implementation. No brainer for anyone who loves to play chess.

Cons: Tutorials are hidden and lacking in content . . . (find them in your "C:\Users\[NAME]\Documents\ChessBase\Media files\" folder. Crazy number of options with no documentation. Not really for beginners who wish to learn without playing online (but then again, the best way to learn how to play chess is to . . . play chess, not read books or tutorials).

Overall, the cons are minimal and can be ignored. If someone wants to learn how to play chess, YouTube has a TON of free content. Fritz allows for amazing analysis of games, very large chess database (which is easily expandable via numerous file type support) and online kibbitzing with some of the best players on the planet.

I highly recommend this for anyone who is serious about chess.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
Although I have little experience chess engines this software seems to be really buggy. Clicking some of the buttons like the force fritz to move button do nothing in some of the training modes. Really disappointed that I paid what i did for this. I thought that I would be getting a quality product that could help me with my chess game but I did not. Hopefully they fix some of these issues and add a tutorial. If they did im sure I wouldn't be as disatisfied.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Ahhh Fritz Chess 14 .. where do i begin. Well if you haven't noticed it's a game about chess. Probably the most unique game of chess i've played. There is many things to this game then just playing chess.

-You can customize board and pieces
-You can play in 3D if you're into that fancy crap (but you can also play simple 2d if you don't have a strong enough pc.
-Runs well, no lag even in 3D
-You get tips from real life chess pros (through a text bubble :p)
-Great multiplayer features. you can attach messages with the moves you choose to make for your opponent to see

-Steam Interface is buggy , it works sometimes,
-Menu is a bit confusing to find things
-Extremly overpriced

Overall I would only reccomend this game if you're a Hard core chess player. If you're a person who just plays chess SOMETIMES then just use the default one that comes with windows 7. Even though more than 40$ of work was put into this game, it's not worth it at 40. get it on sale or something. But as i said earlier, if you live breath and sleep chess then this is a feature packed program with many things to mess with that will make your chess expirience better.

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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Game goes to "Not Responding" and locks up for 30-60 seconds at a time. Any of a dozen free chess games can continue to respond while the computer is thinking about its next move, but I'm supposed to wait while the $40 version craps it's pants in front of me? It's real swell that you guys built in all these great extra features, but if it can't actually, you know, play chess, what's the point?
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Its a very fun chess game i played it for a few minutes and fell in love with it x3 the engine was a little hard to understand a first but i got used to it in seconds i would reccomend this game if you adore chess or just like chess games in general its a little buggy here and there but its still a fun game to play i give this game about 8/10 the grapics look allright but could use improvement the controlls are very easy to figure out and start playing in minutes the engine is very good and solid and the stability of the game is great the 3d boards are very unique and fun to play on but overall one of the best chess games ive ever played :D
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Ok, so the program uses Directx 9.0c. Disabling the steam overlay might be required to make it run 3D boards. With a little clicking around you can figure it out pretty well. They are releasing the tutorial in a future download, along with the training videos from International Masters and Grandmasters. The engine is tough, and can probably beat you even if it's set to very easy. Still figuring out databases and the like. Solid engine though. 6/10.
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