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Houdini 3 - Standard Version (PC-DVD) - The World's Strongest Chess Engine in the World

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  • Houdini 3 - Standard Version (PC-DVD)
  • The world's strongest chess engine running on the world's finest chess interface
  • Houdini 3 - Standard multiprocessor version, supports up to 6 cores and 4 GB of hash
  • Classic membership of Playchess.com for twelve months
  • A database with over 1.5 million games

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  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: Computer Game

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Product Description

Give in to the magic of this program! Only two years ago the Houdini chess engine stormed to the top of the ranking lists, and since then has been the uncontested number one chess engine in the world. The secret of its success: Houdini introduces pure magic into the game of chess! The engine of Belgian programmer Robert Houdart finds tricks in places where the other engines can see nothing. The new version, Houdini 3, goes even further, providing the chess world with yet another increase in playing strength: at least 50 Elo points, thanks to a host improvements in its search algorithms. They manifest themselves in different ways, in various phases of the game. In the opening Houdini 3 demonstrates an even more subtle understanding of space and activity; in the middlegame the program spots quicker than before when pieces are in danger of being dominated; and in the endgame the right evaluations and solutions to problems are found much sooner thanks to a faster, deeper search. During the course of this new development and the fine tuning of the engine Houdini played, believe it or not, ten million test games! Houdini 3 is supplied with the latest Deep Fritz 13 chess interface and thus puts at your disposal all the training and analysis functions of the world's premium chess program. Included in the package are a one-year classic membership to the chess server Playchess.com, online access to the world's largest analysis database "Let's Check"* and the use of the ChessBase Engine Cloud.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely powerful 18 Nov. 2012
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I would recommend this only to people who are familiar with Fritz and feel that Fritz 13 is not powerful enough :)
This is one serious computer chess engine and will have you working and thinking harder than ever.
If you need something really intense and challenging to sharpen your game, go no further, very , very powerful.

Now for those not familiar with Chessbase products, you can get video CD's as well and they interface perfectly with the UI. in this way as the teacher narrates the game play, you see it in real time before you.
Then there is the online connection you have with their database server, the CheesBase website and worldwide web chess community.

I would also recommend that you look up the users manual to learn of all the multiplicity of features this game has , from training, end game , defensive chess, openings and also playing live online as well as kibitzing live chess games.

If you don't mind losing and are willing to learn and apply yourself, then for it, its the best there is out there.

Recommended for Intermediate to Advanced players

My only gripe about Fritz 13 and Houdini 3 is that when playing in 3D mode, it makes my graphics card get too hot, this only happens on Windows 7/8 not on Vista or XP, not sure why, but they need to work that one out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and more discriminating than Fritz 28 Jun. 2014
By Paul A. Bonyak - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a long time user of Fritz which is quite good as a trainer and devastating in Blitz mode. This is much the same but faster. In training mode you can retake a move but it will reflect in your handicap in the sense that the more unrecoverable the mistake the worse your handicap especially if the game results in a draw. Scoring is thus more sensitive than Fritz.
It's in Blitz mode where the parallel processing really shines. Say you're good enough to draw Fritz most of the time in Blitz. In Houdini you'll lose ALL the time for quite a while until the training is firm in your subconscious mind. Though I'm a dabbler and more interested in the power of the software, I think if you're a competitive player you should definitely have this. Processor-wise an Intel Core i7 quad core of 2.8 Ghz is recommended but I've also played it with a 2.4 and didn't notice any difference. These were both gamer's laptops.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongest Chess Engine in a great interface 28 Dec. 2012
By Jonathan Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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Houdini 3 is the best and strongest chess engine on the market.And it comes with a years membership to the playchess sever which is way cool
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What do I have to write here ? 23 Sept. 2013
By HECTOR GARZA CORTINA - Published on Amazon.com
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Really I am trying to find somthing new about tactics and strategic lessons, but now I am learning about what the program contain.
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