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'...”
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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
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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76 of 79 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
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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66 of 76 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
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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