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  • Fritz 17 Chess Playing Software Program for Download
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Fritz 17 Chess Playing Program on Download

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Fritz 17 Chess Playing Software Program
For Windows PCs

  • Now with "Fat Fritz," an extremely strong neural net engine inspired by Alpha Zero, which produces human-like strategic analysis.**
  • Improved Fritz 17 engine with traditional search and evaluations technology
  • Convenient one-click management of your own opening repertoires
  • Hundreds of ready-made repertoires included
  • Opening training with success control, measuring your progress with e-learning techniques
  • "Blitz & Train" will generate tactical puzzles from your own blitz games
  • Perfect analysis of endgames with up to seven pieces with access to "Let's Check"
  • Improved 3D chess boards thanks to real-time raytracing
  • Tournaments available 24/7 on
  • Includes six months ChessBase Account, Premium Membership - now with 11 ChessBase web apps for mobile training, analysis, live chess, and much more

Fritz 17 with Fat Fritz and Much More!

In our most ambitious release yet, Fritz 17 brings a slew of features such as new functions to help you build your repertoire, special tools to help memorize it, new ways to generate exercises from your games, and more! It also brings not one, but several new engines such as the latest Fat Fritz with new percentage displays, the new Fritz 17 engine, and an easy-to-install Leela for the fans of the open-source project, and more!

The most popular chess program offers you everything you will need as a dedicated chess enthusiast, with innovative training methods for amateurs and professionals alike.

What's new in Fritz 17

How do you improve and build upon the world’s longest lasting chess playing program series? Fat Fritz is indeed the show-stopping addition to Fritz 17, but it is far from the only novelty. For one thing, a brand new Fritz 17 engine is now in place with no need for a fancy graphics card to reap the benefits. Developed by Frank Schneider, the author of a very strong private engine known as Gingko, the new Fritz 17 engine will not only surpass the previous Fritz 16, but also provide new analysis for those seeking yet another new look at things.

Helping You Learn and Train with a New Fritz 17 Interface

As far as the interface is concerned, the key concept is "helping you learn." A number of brand new functions have been created with the sole purpose of helping you learn and train your openings. Let's face it, while studying openings can be fun, memorizing them is not and is often the reason many players avoid openings they might prefer, because of the challenge that presents. Fritz 17 brings an assortment of tools to help you and make that process as painless as possible.

Fritz 17 3D chess board

Creating the most gorgeous 3D chess images in record time

Finally, Fritz 17 and ChessBase will not be left behind in the wave of new 3D technology. Readers may have heard about the concept of Ray Tracing, the new buzzword by Nvidia on fantastic lighting in 3D models, even used to debunk moon landing conspiracy theories by demonstrating the accuracy of all lighting effects. Their new series of video cards was designed around this concept, and new games and 3D modeling have exploded with the steady inclusion of it. New in Fritz 17 is a powerful set of live ray tracing effects for the 3D chess boards, with a staggering amount of control on how and where they are lit. Even fancy camera effects such as background blurring are possible. However, these do require those fancy new video cards to be enabled.

Fat Fritz in Fritz 17
In any previous version of Fritz, all the above would more than justify a new version and release, but the icing on the cake is of course Fat Fritz.

The Video Card For Fritz 17
To use Fat Fritz and Leela properly you will need a solid graphics card. There really is no way to get around this requirement.

Learn Chess Openings with Fritz 17
In Fritz 17 you will find several new opening management and training functions

Standard Repertoires In Fritz 17
Fritz 17 provides access to standard opening repertoires for nearly every prominent line in chess.

Blitz & Train on
Still, learning is not just memorization, and improving upon one's games is a key part of it all.

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. 

* Requires a powerful graphics card with NVIDIA chip (usable on CPU but significantly slower).

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.



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  1. Very Good Chess

    Posted by Bill on May 14th 2021

    I really like the Fritz 17 program, but it has too many bells and whistles for me. I just want to play chess. I don't want to play on the internet, I don't want to review old games, I don't want coaching or funny remarks; I just want to play the computer a quiet game. Fritz 17 has tons of functionality and it is a great program, just much more than I need. I do wish it had more levels of play (Chess Titan had 100 levels --so it said), but Fritz 17 has only Beginner, Club and Grandmaster levels, which is a bit limiting compared to others. It is a great chess program, just much more than I need.

  2. Great Chess Playing Program

    Posted by Salvatore Grasso on Jan 3rd 2020

    Improved Fritz 17 chess engine with traditional brute force search, and now with Fat Fritz an engine inspired by Alpha Zero, and so much more make Fritz 17 Chess Playing and Training Software Program, the best on the market.