Let’s explore ways you can improve your chess with Fritz 15. So far, this post covers


– tips on installing

– basic engine and analysis

– how to use LiveBook


If you are installing it for the first time, here are some tips. When you first receive Fritz, you’ll install it on a PC with 6 clicks of the mouse. Very easy.

The serial number is 5 sets of 5 digits. Ignore the F15 in this example.

Early in the install process you’ll be asked if you want to Install Databases for User Owner.

This is the 2 million games to help with training by analysis. I recommend Yes.

Next, you’ll see a prompt to install Books.


This is the “Opening Book” content that will help you study chess openings and will allow Fritz to run advanced calculations and present additional information about the openings being viewed in the database or played in your games.

When you start Fritz for the first time this is the screen you’ll see!

Here are a few things you should know.

The game starts in analysis mode with the engine turned off. This means you can play moves on the board for both Black and White pieces with no effect.

What’s an engine? That is the “brain” behind Fritz that when turned on can play against you, score, analyse positions and so on.

See in this screenshot how I have played 1.e4 for White, and am playing 1…e5 for Black.

In the next image, click the Go button to turn on the Fritz 15 Engine. This area will begin showing evaluation of the current chess position.

Next is one of the most exciting and instantly useful features for studying chess opening moves. If you are connected to the Internet, you’ll see the popularity and results of opening moves played by high ranked players – even to the current day!

I like to think about my current opening moves repertoire and view alternative moves while comparing the outcomes, popularity, and event notes about the opening moves.

A single click on the Move that’s bolded plays that line on the screen. At any time, I can use the scroll-button on my mouse to play forward or backward through the lines – very convenient and fast.

Additionally, I can see what three Engines report on the position, Houdini 4, Stockfish 7, and Stockfish 8.

Would you like additional demonstration on how to use Fritz to improve your chess?


The next update will include “How do I play chess from this position?“.


Ask your questions below and I will try to tailor the guidance accordingly.