Junior 12 Chess Playing Software
Computer Chess World Champion
Junior has been a major contender since it won the 2006 Computer Chess World Championship. The program, written by the Israeli programmers Amir Ban and Shy Bushinsky, narrowly defeated its main rival, the many times world champion program Shredder, at the Computer Chess World Championship which was held during the Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Junior impressed experts with its extraordinary dynamic play, and remained undefeated in this event.
The name is perhaps deceptive. Playing against Junior is not necessarily something for children, as Garry Kasparov discovered in a match in New York. He was held to a 3-3 draw by the Israeli program. Junior played in its typically dynamic style, greatly surprising the former World Champion. It started with the famous Bishop sacrifice on h2 in a match against Garry Kasparov and now has been honed to perfection in Version 12. In spite of their success in computer chess tournaments the programmers of Junior are not primarily concerned with beating other chess programs. Instead they have developed Junior into an instrument that enables human beings to gain new insights and understanding in the game of chess. A good example is the very pronounced understanding of compensation, which allows its users to explore new possibilities of sacrifice attacks and sharp dynamic play.
Junior has its own special search techniques and evaluation functions, which makes it different to any other chess program. It is enterprising and entertaining, sacrificing material for initiative whenever it sees a chance, providing new ideas in traditional positions against man or machine. Junior has won multiple World Computer Chess Championships, and now, in Version 12, its playing strength has been further increased - by around 200 Elo points, compared to the previous Version 10 published by ChessBase. You can look forward to a world class Grandmaster when you install the new program on your computer.
Junior 12 Chess Playing Software:
• Junior 12 chess engine (32 bit)
• The latest openings book by GM Alon Greenfeld
• The Fritz 12 GUI
• Photo realistic chessboards in five different designs
• Database of 1.5 million chess games
• Twelve months free access (Classic) to the world's biggest chess server Playchess.com
What Makes Junior 12 Chess Software Special:
Junior by Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky is the reigning computer chess world champion in all categories. Junior is different from all other programs in its search strategies and evaluation function. This gives the program a very distinctive style of play.
The special strength of Junior is its understanding of compensation. The latest version is the culmination of a development that started with Junior 7, the program that shocked Garry Kasparov with its famous Bishop sacrifice on h2. Moves that looked purely speculative with Junior 7 are proving to be perfectly sound in Junior 12. This makes the program an extraordinarily effective tool for analyzing sharp and dynamic positions, especially those involving the sacrifice of material. It is the program that is most likely to correctly understand the compensation involved, both in the execution of a sacrifice and the defense against it.
Junior 12 Chess Software - You've Got to Love it!
You're going to love Junior and its tremendous attacking style. Junior shows a new quality of computer chess. It has a deep understanding of initiative and attacking chances and likes to sacrifice material more than any other existing chess program. Many of the world's strongest players already use Junior as their analytical partner. It is considered one of the most reliable tactical programs around.
Junior's unique style is very human-like in often preferring positional advantages to material. Junior's first debut in the world of computer chess was in the 1995 world championships where it surprisingly shared the third place together with Frenchchess and with Deep Blue prototype. Two years later, Junior won the World Micro Computer Championships title held in Paris, November 1997.
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), Windows 7, DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9, internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation).
Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation)