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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2004
Fritz 8 is a fantastic chess engine. Along with ChessGenius it represents one of the most powerful chess computers available.
That said it caters for all levels of play and has some very useful features such as sparring (where it will make intentional blunders, but you have to look hard to spot them) and opening training where you can set it to play set openings so you can practice them.
It is also fantastic value, not only do you get the chess engine but a year's subsciption to which allows you to play people all over the world in real-time. This alone usually costs the asking price.
one thing I would point out is that whilst the 3d boards look very nice they do run very slowly (and I'm running a P4 with 512mb and a good nforce graphics card). That said I tend to play in 2d as its far easier to see the board properly.
All in all a very good chess package.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 January 2005
The years access to the fantastic 'net site 'Chess Club' really is a stand out feature. Play anyone in the world in a friendly or rated match, at all levels. It is accessible and easy to navigate.
There are training and tournament features on the site as well, and a real community feel.
The other main option this package allows is to play the computer. There's a 'talk' cd that allows 'Fritz' to give a seemingly infinite amount of amusing/annoying comments (depending on your mood) after moves. Again, easy to navigate menu's allow for you to play rated/unrated games at all levels. There's also a database of opening moves and other training features, but these aren't as comprehensive or as interactive as those found on the 'Chessmaster' series.
All in all, an essential purchase if you're learning or an experienced player.
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on 17 February 2015
Bought this in February 2015; A used copy at a good price. I was a little worried it wouldn't run on 64 bit Windows 7. It does run perfectly. I highly recommend a new or used copy of this fine software to anyone with too tight a budget to buy the latest version
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on 20 January 2014
I've enjoyed chess for many years and used a number of chess programs. This is one of the best although I am writing this review so long after purchase that I'm sure even more progress has been made.
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on 11 October 2012
I love this computer chess game. It is fun and rewarding to play. I wish it had more advice on strategy.
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on 18 May 2015
Worth every penny
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