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 PlayChess.com 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.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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.