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johnrowell 51 ( +1 | -1 )
Which Fritz? Hi,
I'm looking to improve my post-analysis of games, and I've read quite a bit about Fritz and Chessbase, but it's not clear to me which I should buy. Considering that Chessbase is out of my budget, which Fritz program do I need? I'm looking for something which gives me reasons why moves are good or bad. Am I right in thinking that Fritz 8 and 9 do this? If so, I'll purchase Fritz 8, as Fritz 9 is for PC DVD (I don't have the DVD on my PC), and anyway I think Fritz 8 would do the trick. Or is there some other combination of Fritz s/w I should be considering? Cheers, John.
bonsai 69 ( +1 | -1 )
Well, no computer program is really going to give you reasons why moves are good or bad as well as a human coach would. They are however very good at pointing out tactical problems and even pointing out why certain ideas don't work. Fritz does have a verbal commentary option, which is interesting and even tries to answer question one may have, but of course a strong human player would probably still be a lot better at verbalizing his conclusions about a position. As to which version I would recommend, I think that it probably doesn't make a huge difference whether you get version 8 or 9, although 9 is maybe minimally improved in some respects.
calmrolfe 37 ( +1 | -1 )
"I think that it probably doesn't make a huge difference whether you get version 8 or 9, although 9 is maybe minimally improved in some respects. "


Well.....maybe it does make a difference when you don't have a DVD player on your computer.......

As a quick stop gap you could try Fritz 4 which comes free with Chessbase Lite, and is downloadable for FREE.

johnrowell 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for your answers I've just ordered Fritz 8 from Chessbase.com, or was it playchess.com, or are they the same thing? It seems to me that Fritz 8 does give reasons why certain moves are good or bad. Not that it speaks to you in the Queen's English, but it will give good indicators. Well, we'll see.... Looking forward to analysing my past games.
fmgaijin 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Fritz Baumbach! If you're going to get a Fritz to help you, why not try a former world CC champion? *tongue firmly embedded in cheek*
cairo 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Loreen :-))))))))))))))))))

Bw.
Cairo
chilliman 16 ( +1 | -1 )
go for Shredder 9, the blundercheck function is excellent. now I've just got to work out how I can use Shredder's training/analysis tools on my passed games to make my future games better...