Updated: Apr 26
Fritz 18 - New version of legendary and very good chess program from the ChessBase developer.
According to the developer:
Fritz has fascinated the chess world for 30 (!) years: victories over world champions Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, innovative training methods for amateurs and professionals, 20 years of Internet chess on the Fritz server, 10 integrated WebApps for mobile training:
Fritz offers you everything you will need as a dedicated chess enthusiast.
Evolving Genius – The new path to playing brilliancies
Fritz shows you what you are capable of being: an attacking player who can conjure up magnificent brilliancies over the board! The new AI-based training method leads you to brilliant sacrificial combinations via clever variant selection and discreet hints.
Few new features include:
Fritz 18 offers you the chance to discover a new you in terms of chess playing. “Evolving Genius” is a completely innovative training method, with which when playing against Fritz you learn more than just to attack. You will be astonished at what you find in yourself! You will never have won such nice games against Fritz!
Intelligent tips: Fritz provides subtle hints in difficult positions
Visual evaluation: pawn structure, king safety, piece activity and sharpness of the position
New engine analysis
Interesting threats, appealing ideas and the game continuation
Animated engine variations: Intuitive visual display of the best continuation
Stronger Fritz 18 engine by Frank Schneider, optimised for short time controls.
The present Windows variations have available with Direct2D a powerful interface for rapid on-screen representations.
New technique allows other subtleties e.g. highlighting the pieces by having them glow or decent animation of captures.
Website: Fritz 18
Download: developer's webpage