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Subject: Re: Fritz 5

Author: Kai Lübke

Date: 02:17:46 02/09/98

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On February 06, 1998 at 07:44:27, Didzis Cirulis wrote:

>Dear chessfriends,
>
>This is my first day in Computer-Chess Club.
>My question is to those of you who has the Fritz 5 chess program: What
>is really good in it and How does it stand against other programs like
>Rebel 9.0 or Hiarcs 6.0?

F5 is slightly below R9 or H6 in playing strength, but it has an
enormous lot of features (like the correspondence analysis, blunder
check, coach mode etc.) that make it stand out from the rest.
And you can get Hiarcs 6 (maybe still the strongest program in the
world) and World Champion Junior as plugin engines for Fritz (at half
the prize of the full product) and use all of Fritz' features with these
engines, too!
Also, Fritz has an almost revolutionary book concept.

In general, I fully agree with the praise it gets at www.chessbase.com,
except for the allusion that it excels Hiarcs or Rebel in playing
strength which is based only on the (not undisputed) Nunn test set.
Here are some results from the Louguet II test on my machine for
comparison:

Hiarcs 6	2535
Rebel 9		2530
Rebel 8		2525
MChess 7	2480
Fritz 5		2465  <-----
Chessm. 5500	2430
MChess 5	2410
Crafty 14.1	2405

So Fritz is among the best, but not at the very top. My test and
tournament games support that impression.
However, if you buy the Hiarcs 6 engine as well, you get a product that
leaves almost nothing left to wish for.

>My next question is if there is a Rebel 9.0 engine compatible with
>Fritz 5?

No (not yet).
Maybe Ed can shed some light on this, but it's not impossible there may
be a Rebel 10 engine late this year? (Don't want to start any rumours,
though! :-)

---
Shep




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