Fritz 9: Play Chess Reviews (Windows)

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90 (Dec 09, 2005)
L'ami Fritz 9 place la barre encore plus haut, avec un niveau de jeu hors du commun. Les meilleurs joueurs du monde n'y résistent même plus. Sa puissance d'analyse n'est plus à démontrer, et sa capacité à gérer de très grosses bases de parties (plusieurs millions d'enregistrements) en font le meilleur programme de jeu d'échecs du marché... pour les joueurs de club. Les joueurs débutants ou de faible niveau s'orienteront plutôt vers Chessmaster 10000. Fritz 9 et ses nouveautés liées à l'entraînement et les cours en vidéo apportent le petit plus qui fait la différence face à Shredder 8.
For anyone wanting to improve their chess game, I would highly recommend this game. It\'s fun for all ages and for anyone who likes games that make them think. The Fritz engine is what powers the computers' playing moves and it's pretty darn good. With the various difficulty levels there is a lot of replay value. The game also comes with a free 1 year membership to where you can play people online!
PC Action (Dec 05, 2005)
Profis und Vereinsspieler finden im neunten Teil der Fritz-Serie wieder ihren Meister. Auf dem höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad gibt sich der Computer keine Blöße und bringt Ihre Rübe ordentlich zum Qualmen. Aber auch Anfänger spricht die neue Genre-Referenz an. Anhand von Lehrvideos und nützlichen Hilfsfunktionen begreift selbst ein PC ACTION-Redakteur, wie ein Springer übers Spielfeld hüpft.
GameStar (Germany) (Dec, 2005)
Weit und breit ist kein Konkurrent in Sicht, der Fritz 9 schlagen könnte - es bleibt das mit Abstand beste Schachspiel am PC. Dabei gäbe es durchaus noch Verbesserungspotenzial, etwa bei der seit jeher arg umständlichen Menüführung. Wer Schach schon kann, findet hier den perfekten, unglaublich flexiblen Sparringspartner. Für Besitzer des Vorgängers lohnt sich der Umstieg nur, wenn ihnen die (sehr guten) Videos 50 Euro wert sind.
85 (Sep 04, 2006)
Si Fritz n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer. Véritable Graal de tout amateur du plateau de 64 cases, cet adversaire indestructible à l'humour corrosif revient en force, pour proposer un contenu encore plus riche que les précedents. Êtes vous prêt à subir l'humiliation de la défaite face à trois vis et un boulon ?
Fritz 9 is a good choice if you’re looking for a good chess game. It won’t knock your socks off and it’s no better than games like The Chessmaster, but it’s no worse either. If you’re in the market, it’s worth a look, but if you already have a good chess game, there’s no reason to run out and buy Fritz.
GameZone (Feb 28, 2006)
This is a great game, but more so if you don't have Fritz 8. I do not think there is enough variance in the upgrade to warrant running off and getting it. True aficionados will get it, anyway, and it will be valuable to those people. But, if your needs are met in version 8, upgrading won't give you much more for the dollar. However, the year of is a nice bonus. It makes the value more than it appears to be on the shelf.
In summary, then, Fritz 9 expands upon the excellent versions of the past two years with updated graphics, broader tutorials and helping tools, and an expanded database. It moves well beyond the depth and scope of its main competitor, the Chessmaster series. Not only is its Fritz engine one that puts even Grandmasters to shame, but also the intricate analyses available to the player from that engine allow for continuing growth in personal skill. Finally, this year, in an attempt to be all things to all players at all levels (raw beginner to Grandmaster), Fritz 9 has made great strides with its new tutorials. If you're going to buy one program, this is the one, especially since it includes the $35 value membership.
PC Powerplay (Jan, 2006)
Außen bieder, innen überzeugend - diese Merkmale passen ja perfekt zum spielstärksten PC-Schachspiel.
Game Chronicles (Feb 12, 2006)
If your serious about wanting to better your chess game Fritz 9 is great. It gives you all kinds of customizations, help in improving your chess performance and you can analyze your moves to show what you did wrong and how to improve. The program comes with tutorials and lessons on video to help everyone from the beginner with the very basics of chess to the advanced moves of the grand masters.
The AI is relentless, and all of the clutter on the screen where you see these lines of seemingly incomprehensible code (unless, again, you’re a professional chess player) only serve to intimidate you even more as you realize just how inadequate you are. I felt like I was playing against “Deep Blue” or whatever that IBM chess computer was called back in the day. Either way, the game made me feel like a fool, even when I was trying to pull up some training modules.
GameSpot (Jan 24, 2006)
Whether or not you enjoy Fritz 9 depends entirely on your level of interest in the game of chess. On the one hand, you have to be a fairly high-level chess player to appreciate Fritz 9's strengths. But, on the other hand, if you're a high-level chess player you've probably already played Fritz 8, which really isn't much different. Still, Fritz 9 comes with a one-year subscription to, which is a $35 value, and you can play against people all over the world in friendly and ranked games, tournaments, and more. So, if you want to play against one of the strongest chess engines in the world, or if your subscription to is just about to run out, then you should definitely pick up Fritz 9. If you just want to play chess every now and then on some novelty boards, you'd probably be better off with Chessmaster.
Worth Playing (Feb 20, 2006)
It isn't that a person couldn't figure out how to make everything work if he took the time, but it seems excessively difficult to get into a position where you're able to navigate the software and feel like you're getting some positive benefit out of it. I don't see Fritz 9 being even remotely interesting to beginners or completely new players; they would not even come close to being able to follow what's going on, and the interface would probably scare them away from the title for good.