(as of May 22,2020 03:49:00 UTC – Details)
Fritz 17 Chess Playing and Training Software Program
Here are the highlights:
Now with “Fat Fritz“ * : An extremely strong neural net engine inspired by Alpha Zero, which produces human-like strategic analyses of world class quality.
Improved Fritz 17 engine with traditional brute force search and evaluations technology
Convenient one-click management of your opening repertoires
Opening training with success control, measure your progress with e-learning technology
Hundreds of ready-made repertoires included • “Blitz & Train“: Fritz generates tactical puzzles from your own blitz games
Perfect analysis of endgames with up to seven pieces, access to “Let‘s Check“ • Improved 3D chess boards thanks to real-time ray tracing**
Includes six months ChessBase Premium Account Membership: Now with 11 ChessBase web apps for mobile training, analysis,live chess and much more
*Fat Fritz is based on LCZero. LCZero is an open source project licensed through the GPL v3 with all due rights. Source code of LCZero and the modifications for Fat Fritz can be found at Github.
** Requires a powerful graphics card with NVIDIA chip
Minimum (not optimized for Raytracing and FatFritz): Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM-drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 3 (Quadcore), 8 GB RAM, Windows 10 with 64-Bit (current version), NVIDIA RTX graphic card with 6 GB RAM and current driver (FatFritz on older NVIDIA cards or older graphic cards: drastic loss of performance, and runs on CPU only for demonstration purposes) , Windows Media Player 11, (DVD-ROM drive) and Internet access.
System requirements for ChessBase Account: Internet access and up-to-date browser, e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari. Runs on Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and Linux.
TIP: When installing Fritz 17 make sure you update the program immediately to avoid potential problems .
Fritz 17 and Fat Fritz
Fritz 17 and Fat Fritz
What is Fat Fritz?
The pièce de résistance in Fritz 17 for many people will be the inclusion of Fat Fritz. Based on the AI technology by DeepMind that created AlphaZero, Fat Fritz is a new set of custom made neural network weights that work in the open-source project Leela Chess Zero. The Leela Chess Zero project is based on the Go program Leela Zero and was designed to reproduce AlphaZero on the PC. One of the key tenets is that it follows the “zero” philosophy, which means it uses nothing except what it learns of its own accord.
The philosophy behind Fat Fritz has been to make it the strongest and most versatile neural network by including material from all sources with no such “zero” restrictions, such as millions of the best games in history played by humans, games by the best engines including Stockfish, Rybka, Houdini, and more, endgame tablebases, openings, and so on. If it was deemed a possible source of improvement, “zero” or not, it was used. Even millions of exclusive self-play games were created, but tweaked to create content that was more aggressive and speculative to learn from and mold its style. The only material that was not used to train Fat Fritz, out of principle, was content from the Leela project itself, as this was developed by their community for their neural networks.
After over a year of development, thousands of hours of computer time and human effort, we feel this will enrich analysts and players with creative and unique moves, all of the highest quality, to explore openings and the middlegame. While there is no question that making sure the engine can bring the highest standard is vital, and worry not it is there, it would be quite uninteresting to present an analyst that was essentially exactly the same as Engine X, except 20 Elo better. Instead, a contrasting point of view, no less strong, is far more interesting, and of far greater use.e challenge that presents. Fritz 17 brings an assortment of tools to help you and make that process as painless as possible.
Fritz 17 : Learn Your Openings!
The new opening repertoire in Fritz 17 is called “My Moves.” It is separate for White and Black. You add variations to your repertoire by clicking on a move anywhere in the program and marking it as “My Move.” This will include the whole variation up to this move into your repertoire. Marking moves is the only way to store variations, but this also saves a lot of time from entering moves one by one, copying from a source.
Manage and drill your opening repertoire
Your “My Moves” repertoire is stored online. You can access it from any machine, and also from a web browser. But the goodies don’t stop there. Imagine you are watching a live game in Playchess, whether a casual blitz, or a broadcast from a top GM tournament. You can instantly check to see if a game played is following an opening from your repertoire.
Fritz 17- Standard Repertoires
Fritz 17 provides access to standard opening repertoires for nearly every prominent line in chess. Those repertoires are regularly updated to current theory and recent games on our server. You can either drill them with “Free Drill” or upload them to “My Moves.” Or you pick single lines by marking moves. Of course you may simply store them in your traditional databases. Open a list by calling “Openings → Standard Repertoires.” Click on any entry and it will automatically load.
Standard Repertoires are available in four levels: Easy – Club – Tournament and Professional. This saves work: As a normal club player you don’t have to extract the best moves from a deeply nested professional repertoire suitable only for master level players.
Fritz 17 – 3D Boards with Ray Tracing
With the arrival of the newest generation of video cards from Nvidia, Ray Tracing has now become a reality in real time. In a nutshell the idea is that it is able to calculate and show light reflections from surface to surface in all of the incredibly complex relationships such as sunlight bouncing off a wall, which gives a lighter light, filtered through humid air, and so on. ChessBase has now introduced this added layer of realism to its 3D boards, with full control over every aspect if such is your desire.
Chess Success II Training Software included with Fritz 17
Chess Success II Training Software by ChessCentral
Chess Success II Training Software by ChessCentral
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For Windows PCs
Now with “Fat Fritz,” an extremely strong neural net engine inspired by Alpha Zero, which produces human-like strategic analyses.**
Improved Fritz 17 engine with traditional search and evaluations technology
Chess Success II Training: Here you’ll find something for every chess player, whether just learning the moves or a highly rated tournament player. ChessCentral has produced everything needed to get you started and trained in the world of chess