Fritz 13, according to the advertisements, has an array of exciting new features. I have used Fritz 12 for several years ever since I found it in Office Max for $20. Like most chessplayers though I find it hard to resist the newest stuff so considered upgrading to Fritz 13. So, what’s the difference?
most of us these days being without a chess playing program is unthinkable
because they help us prepare for tournament games, train in tactics, study openings
and analyze our own games. Then there
are databases and game collections that are a big help in keeping up with the
latest developments. Gone are the days
of buying Informants every six months and searching through hundreds of games
to find examples of our favorite openings or trying to discover how GM's played the positions arising from them. Now you can do it in a couple of mouse
clicks. Today we have multimedia training
and lessons and the possibility of playing online chess from the comfort of
new feature of Fritz 13 is called 'Let's Check'. This feature allows the world-wide
chess community to build a huge database. Whenever you analyze a position long enough
and deep enough Fritz 13 allows you to send the main line and evaluation
to a central chess server to be shared by all users. This feature also allows you to
search for positions that have been analyzed to a substantial depth by others. Supposedly this feature will save you time. You
can also see the analysis of different engines.
One “hook” they use to get people to use this feature is that you can automatically
get registered as discoverer of a position if you submit analysis of a hitherto
unknown position. You are also able to add comments to your analysis. This feature allows you to have the latest
opening statistics at your disposal and the results of the most powerful
13 features an improved engine, board graphics in 2D and 3D (if anybody
actually uses the 3D views), coaching functions and adjustable playing
strength, automatic analysis of games.
Also included is a database of 1.5 million games and ten hours of GM
video instruction and free six months premium membership to the world's largest
chess server, Playchessdotcom.
from what I can discover, Fritz 13's only new features are a stronger engine and the “Let’s
Check” function. There are better
engines than Fritz available for free and all can be used with Fritz 12, so
there is no incentive to upgrade just for the sake of a better engine. The “Let’s Check” functions sounds like
something that might be fun to play with but personally it doesn’t hold any
interest for me.
As a user of Fritz 12, I did not see any enhancements or changes that warrant
purchasing Fritz 13.