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Anthony Appleyard
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Computer chess

Post by Anthony Appleyard » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:42 am

Is there a specific forum or sub-forum for computer chess?

When I bought my previous computer, it came with Chess Titans on it.

My present computer came with no games on it, not even Winmine and suchlike. So I recently bought Fritz, which had reached version 13.

I started it in beginner mode. When I first played with it, it had a voice making distracting humorous remarks about my moves. is that voice the "tutor" or the "default kibitzer" or what?

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Anthony Appleyard » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:47 am

Can Fritz 13 be set to a mode of allowing unlimited move takebacks? Chess Titans allowed unlimited move takebacks - against FIDE rules, but it was useful when learning to play chess.

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:14 am

Anthony, if you click the blue arrow ( the centre button ) under the board, unlimited takebacks can be made

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Anthony Appleyard » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:42 am

Sorry: I cannot see any buttons below the board on my version.

Someone told me that in the opening Fritz always displays if possible the name of the opening that I am following. How can I make this happen?

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:07 am

I had the same problem when I first had Fritz 13. Just right-click the board and select " replay arrows below board"

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:13 am

If you Google " Fritz 13 Manual " if may help you with any problems. May first Fritz was Fritz for fun 3 which was excellent and easy to use. Fritz 13 is a monstrosity ! Not use friendly in my opinion.

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:15 am

Sorry for spelling mistakes !

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:30 am

Barry Sandercock wrote: Not user friendly in my opinion.
I noticed on the bookstall at Torquay, a video explaining how to use it was on sale alongside the program itself.

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:04 pm

They made it user-unfriendly on purpose so you would have to buy the Video/DVD.

The next version will come without any pieces.
You will have buy the gif's from ChessBase at £10 a gif.
(don't promote pawns else you will have to stump up £10 for a new Queen.)

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Andrew Bak » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:46 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Barry Sandercock wrote: Not user friendly in my opinion.
I noticed on the bookstall at Torquay, a video explaining how to use it was on sale alongside the program itself.
There are free videos on Youtube by Steve Lopez that cover in great detail how to use Fritz and Chessbase software, from basic functions to the more complicated ones.

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Jon Mahony » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:39 am

Andrew Bak wrote:
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Barry Sandercock wrote: Not user friendly in my opinion.
I noticed on the bookstall at Torquay, a video explaining how to use it was on sale alongside the program itself.
There are free videos on Youtube by Steve Lopez that cover in great detail how to use Fritz and Chessbase software, from basic functions to the more complicated ones.
Yes they were invaluable to me, when I first started using Fritz it wasn’t at all clear to me, how even to input your own games into a database, never mind analyse them! :roll: It’s a great tool once you get the hang of it though
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Re: Computer chess

Post by Barry Sandercock » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:48 am

Yes, it's OK when you get the hang of it, it's getting the hang of it that's the difficult part. For instance, when you try to delete something from your database, it just puts a line through it, whereas with Fritz 3 there was a " clear up " key which got rid of it completely.

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Re: Computer chess

Post by John Upham » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:56 am

Barry Sandercock wrote:Yes, it's OK when you get the hang of it, it's getting the hang of it that's the difficult part. For instance, when you try to delete something from your database, it just puts a line through it, whereas with Fritz 3 there was a " clear up " key which got rid of it completely.
Barry,

The line (or 'strikethrough') indicates that the item is "marked (or flagged) for deletion".

If you wish to commit to deleting them then go

Tools, Database, Remove Deleted Games...

Nick Murphy has authored a couple of excellent DVDs on ChessBase and Fritz.

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Barry Sandercock » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:32 pm

Thanks for that, John.

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Re: Computer chess

Post by Nick Murphy » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:43 pm

John Upham wrote:Nick Murphy has authored a couple of excellent DVDs on ChessBase and Fritz
Which were the ones on sale in Torquay!

http://www.nickthegeek.info/
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http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6105
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