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Fritz has fascinated the chess world for 30 years. And the success story continues. In Vienna, the most popular chess program ever was once again able to underline its premier position: the newly developed neural engine with NNUE technology won the official Chess Software World Championship! With Power Fritz 18 you have the world champion program on your PC
ChessBase Magazine is the most comprehensive and sophisticated chess magazine ever. World-class players analyse their brilliant games and explain the ideas behind the moves. Opening specialists present the latest trends in opening theory and exciting ideas for your repertoire. Master trainers in tactics, strategy and endgame show you exactly the tricks and techniques you need to be a successful tournament player! Available as download (incl. booklet as pdf file) or on DVD with accompanying booklet by post.
Vasily Smyslov defeated Mikhail Botvinnik at the second attempt in 1957 and thus became the 7th world champion in chess history, but had to relinquish the title in a rematch the following year. After that Smyslov belonged to the absolute world elite for many years. His performance in the 1982-1985 World Championship cycle was sensational, when he defeated Robert Hübner and Zoltan Ribli one after the other in the candidate matches and only lost in the final to the young Garry Kasparov - Smyslov himself was 62 years old at that time! Smyslov had a particularly deep understanding of chess. Perhaps influenced by music (he was a trained opera singer), his play was characterised by naturalness and harmony. He cultivated a clear positional style and even in sharp tactical positions often relied more on his intuition than on concrete calculation of variations, although he knew how to combine brilliantly when necessary. On the other hand, he shied away from unclear intricacies. Smyslov had a special preference for the (early) exchange of queens as a precursor to his brilliant technique, especially in the endgame, where he was considered an absolute luminary. The 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik called Smyslov “the truth in chess”.
ChessBase goes Apple
Due to the increasing popularity of Apple products, ChessBase is also publishing its new apps and FritzTrainer in Apple's App Store.
Currently, more than 40 current products are already available in the store. These include products from our most famous authors - Simon WiIliams, Mihail Marin, Ivan Sokolov, Daniel King, Fabiano Caruana, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, ...
This is not just an update of the standard program that everybody uses – from rank amateurs to tournament players all the way up to world champions. Today we would like you to tell you about the major features of the new version, ChessBase 17: the improved analysis functions, data format, search mask and the very exciting feature of finding beauty in games. We even have an interview with the main programmers. You are sure to get your money worth by going for the new ChessBase 17. Order it this afternoon, from 15:00h CET, and get it at a premium discount price!
Did you know that ChessBase offers over 500 products? But what do you start with? Which products are useful for which players? What can the Fritztrainer do? Why do I need a ChessBase account? The new purchase advisor gives you an overview of the most important 8 product groups: a 60-second video as an introduction and whoever wants to know more gets the complete functional descriptions or filters the Fritztrainer according to subject, language, playing level. And under "Openings A-Z" you can search for a specific position in all Fritztrainers with a search board! Try it out now.