New Fritz, New Friend The completely reworked ‘friend” mode makes Fritz 15 the ideal training partner. During the course of a game, Fritz is able to constantly tailor its level to your playing strength and how much time you are using. The program can give you a sign when a tactical opportunity presents itself or point out typical mistakes to help you improve. Another exciting element is the new evaluation function that analyzes your playing strength throughout the game. Where are your strengths – where are your weaknesses? The opening? Middlegame? Or perhaps the endgame? Fritz 15 gives you an ELO rating for all three phases! You definitely need to see this! Improve Your Conversion Technique “I should have won that!” How often have you been frustrated after playing a good game of blitz on playchess.com that somehow went wrong? Stoke your curiosity and find out what could have been with Fritz 15 – Fritz can now show you what you missed right after the game. You can, of course, also try to find the way to win yourself using the handy exercise function – an approach certain to boost your own conversion technique and playchess ELO! New Author, New Engine Vasik Rajlich is new to the Fritz team. The American shook up the world of computer chess just a few years ago, reaching the top with his program, “Rybka.” He is the author of the new Fritz 15 engine, so there’s no question that it will be one of the world’s strongest! Excellent Overview, Better Access If you watch a lot of training videos or work extensively with databases, the revamped database window is something you’ll love. It doesn’t just automatically display all the Fritztrainer or other courses installed on your hard drive, the improved game list also offers enhanced access options and sorting functions – in a manner similar to the original ChessBase software! One Program, Many Facets Fritz 15 doesn’t just offer direct access to playchess.com – it also opens the door to the world of the new ChessBase web tools:
- “On-demand video” – unlimited access to our comprehensive database with training videos on every aspect of the royal game, recorded shows, interviews etc.
- “Live Database” – access the ChessBase online database with 8 million games.
- “My Games Cloud” – access your server games collection at the click of a mouse!
- “Training” – test, train, and improve your tactical skills at any time. More than 34,000 training tasks are waiting for you!
- “Let’s Check” – access our unique analysis database with over 200 million deeply analyzed positions and much more!
Fritz 15 comes with Premium access to the new Chess Base web tools for over six months! Includes
- New 64 Bit – Fritz multiprocessor engine
- Improved 64 Bit – and 32 Bit program interface
- Premium membership to the new Chess Base Accounts and to Playchess.com (6 months)
- Database with over 1.5 million games
At the intersection of art, originality, and function is the Stack chessboard, designed by Chess House and handcrafted in the Pennsylvania back country, from 3 natural materials: hardwood, suede, and magnets. It’s the perfect way to checkmate and enjoy the game in style.
I’ll be joining 100 others to play against Elliott Neff of Chess4Life on Oct 10, 2015 for National Chess Day! This is going to be fun.
How do I introduce chess to a bright 6 year old?
The great news is that youngsters tend to be fascinated immediately and most don’t need a lot of encouragement to continue once you’ve introduced them to the game. In fact, you may be surprised at the enthusiasm this idea generates.
Some children however, may need the nudge, and I find it helpful to have a “game night” sort of routine once a week.
By the way, this article assumes teaching chess to your kids at home. The concepts are similar for a classroom at school, but that’s not the focus here.
So, how do you give the child, him or her, the best chance at enjoying the process of discovering this game, sticking with it for a while, and experiencing some good times with others?
That’s right! Some users who top the scoreboards in the Play Magnus Carlsen App along with other randomly chosen users of the app got to play World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the Marshall Chess Club in New York this year. It’s an annual thing, and you can look forward to the 2016 Live Challenge!
Carlsen’s official chess set
Magnus Carlsen has already become the icon for ‘smart is cool’ and kids carrying the chess set over their shoulder will be proud to show off the game.
With a respectful nod to tradition the height and base of the pieces are defined by the classic Staunton set, but the sleek, modern design lines with stylish matte finish have the same cool, contemporary finesse that Magnus Carlsen has brought to the game. This chess set compliments the highly successful Play Magnus App, now downloaded in over 200 countries.
The chess set has solid, weighted, durable plastic pieces that are comfortable to hold and easy to move. Everything, complete with felt piece bases are black and white.
The set most certainly has a distinct and youthful appearance.