Fritz 19 & Opening Encyclopaedia 2024

The best combination for opening training: The big ChessBase opening encyclopaedia with thousands of opening articles plus Fritz19 at a special price! This is how modern opening training works: Test the repertoire recommendations from the encyclopaedia directly against Fritz19! Take the practical test in a game against the Fritz19 player types. Or memorise the variations in the Opening app (with Fritz19 you also get a premium account for 6 months): In drill mode, practise the variation until you remember all the moves perfectly!

Fritz 19

Attacker, coward, swindler or endgame wizard: I'll show you how to win against anyone! After my World Championship victories in 2022 and 2023, I am the reigning Chess Software World Champion and am now looking forward to showing you how to become even stronger against your opponent With my innovative training method, I simulate typical player personalities you know from tournaments and online chess: brash attackers, cautious cowards, passive players. But how do you win against them? Fritz will show you how! And for beautiful attacks, combinations or sacrifices, there are the new ChessBase cards as a reward for you. Practical training that's also a lot of fun. Or let's train openings: you can try out a new repertoire ideas directly in a match against me. And how about the new calculation training for a quick Elo boost? As Fritz19 I can make you play better again.

Fritz 18 marked the beginning of a new era, and Fritz 19 drives this development onward: a game against Fritz should be more than just a game - it should be an experience. In a time when online chess dominates, a chess program has to oer something special to be a real alternative to human opponents.

In Fritz 19 it works like this

  • There are six different characters that mimic typical club players: Allrounder, Aggressive, Positional, Swindler, Fearful, Endgame Expert.
  • Fritz plays human moves that fit these types, but builds-in tactical mistakes so that you can win with a sacricial attack, for example. The sharper the position, the more likely the program will misstep.
  • There is a wide range of tips and support that you can use to the full, or ignore, depending on your mood. With all the tips, you will practically always win against the “strong club player” level. If you ignore them completely, it becomes challenging for a player like me (ELO 2000).
  • You can earn trophies for special moves that are converted into digital trading cards, such as “rook on the seventh rank”, “exchange sacrifice” or “mate threat”.
  •  At any time during the game, you can switch to “assisted calculation” mode. Where is no clock, so you can train your calculation without stress in positions you have played yourself. This has an enormous training benefit.

The opponent zoo

The character Allrounder is probably the strongest opponent for every level of play. It is a development of “Easy Game” from Fritz 18. Everyone knows the Aggressive Player from their club. They regularly play on the attack, with a sharp opening repertoire. They are the ideal opponent for defence training with Black. The Swindler takes aggressiveness to the extreme, and o!en overplays the position. Material and solid position are of no interest, the main thing is to go for the king. Against this swindling fox, one usually has a material advantage, but suddenly it becomes highly dangerous. The wise owl symbolises the Positional Player. It loves a good pawn structure, a secure king of its own and coordinated piece-play. €e distorted echo of this, is the fearful mouse. It appreciates crowded, safe positions and is afraid of complications. That is why it often plays weaker. The Endgame Fan, on the other hand, plays specifically for exchange. Simplification is paramount, the opening is o!en unambitious. When it comes to the endgame, on the other hand, things get really tough. An effective training opponent for this phase of the game!

Collectible cards as a reward: Fritz 19 celebrates your good moves.

When playing against Fritz 19, you can acquire 136 dierent trophies. Some are quite simple, like Closed Centre or Bishop Pair. You will swi!ly grab them. Others don’t just happen by themselves: the advance of a passed pawn, a knight outpost, an unsafe opponent’s king position, space advantage or a sharp position. The crowning glory are trophies such as queen sacrifice, mate with knight, and many more. There is a ranking list for each of these trophies. That should be reward enough for chess players, but we have come up with something very special, the description of which would go beyond the scope of this article: Winning trophies is rewarded with the distribution of digital trading cards in your ChessBase account. Do you recall Panini sticker albums? Then you know the score.

New opening training

Active opening training: With Fritz 19 you can load any database, any CBM opening article, or any of your opening analyses directly as an opening book and play against it immediately.

Test your repertoire: Share your opening repertoire with Fritz 19 and practise the variations directly in the game against Fritz!

More excitement: Try out variations against different styles of opponent, e.g. test a new defence system against the aggressive Fritz 19 Bull, or a new gambit against the timid Fritz 19 Mouse!

Practical opponent preparation: Do you have a collection of your next rival’s games? Then play against your opponent's repertoire with Fritz19 as an "all-rounder"!

Extraordinary: You don't always want to begin in the starting position: With one click you can decide from which position the opening should be practised.

More information: Traditional opening books are short-sighted, showing only moves from the current position. The new database books come with notation and a small control board, which is super helpful with opening articles or fritztrainer, allowing you to see comments on the variations.

What else is available

The new engine in Fritz 19 is the Computer Chess World Champion for 2023. The Calculation Training has been extended, especially in the important preliminary query of candidate moves. The Buddy Engine and the annotated engine analysis from ChessBase 17 have found their way into Fritz. The notation (and the whole program interface) has been enormously enhanced in places. Tactical Analysis, the important full commentary of your games, has been improved and much more!

Opening Encyclopaedia 2024

Anyone who seriously deals with openings cannot avoid the opening encyclopaedia. Whether beginner or grandmaster. The Opening Encyclopaedia is by far the most comprehensive chess theory work: over 1,463(!) theory articles offer a huge fund of ideas and high-quality analyses!

Be well prepared with the new Opening Encyclopaedia 2024! Whether you want to build up a reliable and powerful opening repertoire or find new opening ideas for your existing repertoire, the Opening Encyclopaedia covers the entire opening theory on one DVD and is the ideal start for your opening training. Many new articles enrich the current theory with new or revisited ideas. The Encyclopaedia can help you learn openings quickly and give you a head start on your next opponent. Each article contains explanations and annotated games illustrating typical plans to deepen your understanding.

The Opening Encyclopaedia offers quick access to all openings. The openings are sorted by name and ECO code via the menu for quick and easy access to your favorite openings. Opening Tutorials give a quick yet comprehensive overview of all established openings to help every chess player find the most suitable opening according to their personal preferences. 75 high-class opening videos are included in the Encyclopaedia 2024, from our popular ChessBase Authors. Among others Daniel King, Dorian Rogozenco, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Mihail Marin, Ivan Sokolov, Adrian Mikhalchishin, Leon Mendonca, Jan Werle, Luis Engel, Rainer Knaak and many more Grandmasters present new opening ideas clearly and vividly. The number of articles in the Opening Encyclopaedia is growing – it now contains 1,463 and the included database contains all games from all opening articles. One more highlight: Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco presents opening trends in world-class chess. You can look forward to a total of 9 videos on the French, Sicilian, Najdorf, Ragozin, Nimzo-Indian, English, Reti, 1.d4 and 1.e4 e5 based on selected key variations and games, from the entire year 2024 to spring 2024. This makes the new Opening Encyclopaedia 2024 an indispensable reference work for every tournament player



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    Opening Encyclopaedia 2024

  • With the Opening Intro_Impressum you have fast access to all openings and can easily navigate to your favorite branches: The Menu offers opening names sorting all opening-articles for fast and easy access to your favorite openings. Of course, you still can find all opening articles using the “ECO List” tab as well.
  • Opening Tutorials: What Openings are established in chess and how do I find the right ones according to my preferences? Let yourself get inspired by the new opening overview and pick your favorite lines for your Chess Repertoire!
  • 75 Videos included in the Encyclopaedia 2024 (total running time: 27 hours): High-class annotated opening videos from popular ChessBase Authors as Daniel King, Mihail Marin, Jan Werle, Erwin l’Ami, Nicholas Pert and many others.
  • Professional Opening Analysis by Grandmasters & International Masters: Ideas for your Repertoire offers many suggestions to all well-established openings. The number of articles in the Opening Encyclopedia is growing – it contains now 1,463!
  • The Games Database with 40,000 games, contains all games from every one of the 1,463 opening articles. You find the Database on the left menu under the tab “Games database”.
  • 350 new & revised Opening Surveys by Grandmaster & opening specialist Lubomir Ftacnik, with 7,679 surveys in total!
  • If you like to know more about a certain opening, you can click on the link “Related Products in the ChessBase Shop” (under the headline of any article) to list suitable DVDs in the ChessBase Shop related to the opening. Or click on the author’s name to see his publications with ChessBase.
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