Fritz Chess 9

Format: PC
Excalibur Publishing

5 060020 472091
Age Restrictions: 3+
28 October 2005

Considered by many to be the best chess-playing program available, even Grandmaster Gary Kasparov uses the internationally renowned
Fritz for practise and analysis of his game. But the beauty of the constantly evolving Fritz Chess is that it doesn't matter if you can hold your own against a Grandmaster or you've never played chess before because this game is the perfect coach for you. For instance, a 'position tutor' is available which explains the current situation to you in plain English. This completely updated 9th version of Fritz Chess also brings with it a wealth of new features...

"How on earth can this be the ninth in a series?" I hear you cry. "Chess is Chess! And you can get so many good programs for free these days. Why would I want to spend £35 on a chess game?"

That's a very good question, but the Fritz Chess series isn't just any old chess software. Personally, I've owned quite a few cheap chess packages, but one of my favourite - in fact the program I still regularly play - is Fritz Chess 8.

Whether you've never even touched a chess piece before, or fancy yourself as the next Gary Kasparov, there is something here for you.

This new release features a improved and more powerful knowledge based chess engine; a one hour tutorial of how to play chess - ranging from beginner's guide to lessons for advanced players; a new 3D chess set that features the celebrated mechanical chess machine The Turk; and a year's subscription to which is worth over £20.

So, if you've already bought a previous Fritz game, should you buy this? Again, it depends on the individual. Personally, I would buy this. But, if you are not so passionate about the great game, then you might like to pick up Fritz Chess 8 when stores start to reduce the price to make way for Fritz 9.

If you are serious about chess then this is the game for you.

Nick Smithson

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