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Chess Software Information
Chess Software Buying Guides
Fritz 13 Help Videos
ChessBase 12 Help Videos
Chess DVDs: Foxy Chess Openings - The King's Indian Attack
A Short Guide to Convekta (ChessOK) Chess Software
Rybka 4 Chess Playing Software; In-Depth Report
Fancy a Nice Game of Chess?
Introducing the ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia
Learn Chess - Play Chess Better
Working backward to solve problems - Grandmaster GM Maurice Ashley
"How to Play Chess" Videos
ChessCentral.com - The Leader in Cutting Edge Chess - presents beginner chess videos on how to play chess. This fourteen-part series of short videos, narrated by noted chess software writer and video producer Steve Lopez, will teach you how the chess pieces move, as well as describe several special moves of which some pieces are capable. You'll also learn the difference between "check" and "checkmate", plus the various ways in which a game of chess can become a draw (with neither player winning). While these videos won't make you a Grandmaster, they will make your first steps into the exciting and challenging world of chess much easier.
Chess Strategy - Openings and Principles
Beginning chess players discover very quickly that learning how the pieces move is the very tip of the tip of the chess playing iceberg. It's usually sometime during the first several moves of their very first chess game that they find themselves saying, "What now?"
Learn to Play Chess for Chess Beginners and Kids
ChessCentral can help you learn the basics of chess. Whether a youngster or grown-up beginner, you'll find the tools here to master those first principles. Chess rules, starting out in strategy and tactics, simple chess openings and must-know endgames!
Chess Openings - Which Chess Opening is Best for You?
Chess Is Cool for Kids!
5 Easy Ways to Improve your Chess
Learn from your Chess Games
Rules of Chess to Rule the Chess Board!
What Chess Playing Equipment can do for You
Chess Game Daily Tips
Play Chess - Tips for Winning Chess Strategy
The Relative Value of Chess Pieces and The Principles of Chess Play
Chess Moves for Chess Improvement
Checkmate in the Game of Chess
Which is more Important - Strategy or Tactics in Chess Training?
Modern Methods for Training in Chess
Chess is a Great Value
Chess Sets, Chess Pieces, Chess Boards
How to Buy the Right Chess Set: Get the Pieces and Board for You!
Themed Chess Set Pieces from Around the World
Chess Sets for Chess Tournaments
How to Use a Chess Clock
Chess Sets and Chess Pieces
Chess Sets, Pieces, Boards - The Wood
The Staunton Chess Pieces
Chess Teaching Tools for Coaches, Schools, and ClubsBasics of Chess Databases
This ChessCentral article will give you the basic information you need to understand chess databases, copying games, and distributing chess lessons in database form.
Creating Flash Cards for Training in Chess
Teaching chess to young students can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Much of the challenge lies in the area of keeping a student's interest; flash cards and making a game out of a chess game can be the answer.
Creating ChessBase Training Positions
Chess computer software has become more than a convenience to chess coaches over the last several years - it's become invaluable. These electronic tools allow teachers to create and deliver lessons and training to their students using a variety of media. Learn how to develop your own electronic chess lessons!
Computers and Chess AnalysisWhat is Fritz Powerbook?
All of ChessBase's chess playing programs (Fritz, Rybka, Hiarcs, Shredder, Junior) come with their own opening books. So why would you need another one? Steve Lopez explains why you'd want a larger opening book for purposes of chess training, study, and improvement.
Using Multiple Chess Engines to Analyze Your Games
ChessBase offers a variety of "modular" chess playing programs (called "engines"), but why would you need more than one chess engine? ChessCentral columnist Steve Lopez offers one reason (of many) in this article on the "Compare analysis" feature found in the Fritz and Rybka chess program interfaces.
ChessBase 12's New "Novelty Annotation"
Have you ever wondered where your latest game departed from "known theory"? ChessBase 11's new "Novelty Annotation" feature will pinpoint it for you and show you the moves of the "main line" variation of your game - all with just the click of a mouse. Chess software columnist Steve Lopez offers a first look at this exciting new features of the ChessBase chess database program.
ChessBase 12's New Database Desktop
Chess software columnist Steve Lopez offers a first look at the new features of the improved Database Desktop in the ChessBase 11 chess database program.
Chess Assistant 11: A Great Product, But With Many Little Bugs
Lance Martin takes a look at the features of Convekta's flagship database program Chess Assistant 11. Illustrated with screen shots, Lance describes the advantages and disadvantages of the CA software.
Setting Fritz 13 Chess Software to Beginner Levels
Fritz 12 is a very strong chess playing program; but for most of us it's also an overwhelming opponent when it plays at full strength. How can you get an easier game from Fritz 12? In this article, longtime chess software columnist Steve Lopez shows you how.
Fritz 13 Chess Playing Software's "Friend mode"
The Fritz 12 chess playing software contains an "adaptive" setting, one in which the chess engine attempts to adapt its own strength to match yours. It's called "Friend mode" and this article will show you how it works and tell you how best to use it.
Casual Chess Games in Fritz 13
Fritz 12 offers a variety of specialized playing modes such as Rated Game, Friend, and Sparring. But what do you do when you just want a plain vanilla game at, say, ten seconds a move? This article will show you how to set up those "casual" playing modes.
More About Casual Chess Games in Fritz 13
ChessBase software guru Steve Lopez offers additional information about Fritz 12 and casual chess games.
3D Board settings in Fritz 13 Chess Playing Software
How to use the advanced setting options to make your Fritz 12's 3D boards look even better!
Making ChessBase Chess Database Management Software Ready for Rybka
Every registered user of ChessBase is welcome to run free upgrades for his program online. The newest upgrade is available right from within ChessBase 10 through menu Help Query Upgrade. See how to make your upgraded ChessBase use Rybka as its default engine.
"Modular" Chess Engines and What They'll Do for You
Owning (and using!) an assortment of chess programs is often very useful because different programs usually play in different ways. Additionally, various programs might have useful features which differed from each other.
How To Make Fritz Chess Software Play a Specific Chess Opening
Two frequently-asked questions regarding Fritz (and its "sister" programs which share the same interface: Rybka, Hiarcs, Junior, etc.) are closely related: Can I make Fritz play from a specific position? Can I make Fritz play a specific opening?
Chess Engine Management in Fritz
Computer chess aficionados collect chess engines the way Malcolm Forbes collected toy soldiers. There are a lot of benefits to doing so; different programmers bring a variety of things with them to the proverbial table, and the cornucopia of available chess engines runs the gamut of playing styles from the wildly sacrificial to solidly defensive.
Chess Game Analysis Using ChessBase Engines
Chess Game Analysis using ChessBase Engines
Chess Engine Tricks
High Performance Analysis with Chess Engines
Kasparov vs. Fritz
Chess Database Installation
Chess GamesA Morphy Curiosity
This following is "a possible restoration" of an unknown Morphy game given by Mr. A.G. Sellman, and appearing in issue #1 of The Internation Chess Magazine (Jan. 1885) edited by Steinitz.
Magnus Storms Nanjing
Magnus Carlsen dominated the Nanjing chess tournament in October 2010. The game from the penultimate round, pitting Carlsen against GM Veselin Topalov, is presented here (with notes by ChessCentral's Steve Lopez).
Magnus Carlsen on a Rampage!
Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen has arguably become the biggest chess phenomenon since Bobby Fischer! In October 2010, Carlsen dominated an international round-robin event in Nanjing, China; one of his games from that event is presented here.
A Chess Game You Won't Believe
Chess columnist Steve Lopez presents a really cool little oddity: a game from a 1924 Jose Capablanca simul in which the World Champion actually lost to an amateur in less than twenty moves.
Steinitz Annotates a Chess Game!
Dr. Ron Plays the Bird Chess Opening!
City of Vienna - City of Paris Correspondence Chess Game, 1884-1885
(Annotated by Wilhelm Steinitz). The following game is one of two annotated by Wilhelm Steinitz in the January 1886 issue of the International Chess Magazine. Here we may see Steinitz at work as a chess journalist, facing deadlines and other pressures - yet observe the care and thoroughness taken with his analysis. Both games are given in ChessBase format for download on the web page given in The Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz CD, for which complete details may be found there.
Discart- Bonetti Chess Game Match, 1863
Wilhelm Steinitz-Zukertort Chess Game Match, 1886
Fischer Random Chess Game in 1875
Jose Capablanca - David Janowski, 1918 Chess Game
Playing the Chess Playbook
A Famous Chess Loser
Read an Excerpt from Art of War