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swains 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Best Chess Program? I was wondering what the best chess program was for a PC. I am an intermediate standard player currently 1490, but usually at around 1700 (where I've stalled out). I'll try to specify best: Ease of use, informative as to why it's making the move it is, and why your's is good or bad, decent graphics and interface, oh and doesn't crash or crash the PC. Also where is the best place to buy these programs?

Thanks for any assistance

paradoxal 94 ( +1 | -1 )
I have 'Deep Fritz GM Deluxe', and it does all the things you've mentioned. Very easy to use; you can ask it to tell you - in plain english - why or why not to play a move; the graphics and interface is usable, Chessmaster is probably better in this respect but it's not so much worse that it is a hassle/drawback in Deep Fritz; I've never had it crash or crash my PC. It also has many game modes and the best annotation feature. in my opinion.
I also have Chessmaster 9000 which is also very good. A wider range of difficulties with different 'human faults' (e.g overvalues bishop/loves sacrifices etc.), opening book reference is particularly good, telling you the exact variation. Has a good tutorial section, where you can practice endgames, opening knowledge, 'match the masters' and so on.
I would recommend either, though I personally prefer Deep Fritz. I'm sure you can purchase these from any computer games store or online at amazon etc.
cjjpeterson 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Chessmaster 10th edition I currently using Chessmaster 10th edition and it is wonderful. It has a training mode, ranked play, setup position mode, tournaments,online play, a learning academy with lessons from IM josh Waitzkin and GM Larry Christiansen, an opening book, a database, and a very good openings book.
lucasbeauchamp 134 ( +1 | -1 )
CM and Fritz are not in the same league. Chessmaster is better if you are a weak chess player, and relatively inexperienced in the use of software. If you are serious about chess, Fritz offers far more for the money. Both programs "explain" moves in plain english, but are terribly limited in their explanations. The concepts CM explains well are suitabe for beginners through 1200 USCF, while Fritz is better up to about 1600. Both excel at tactics and can whip most grandmasters.

Chessmaster's personalities are entertaining and offer a variety of handicapped versions of the core program. Fritz can be handicapped any way that you wish, talks trash (you can turn the voice off), and supports hundreds of other engines (UCI), including Rybka--the strongest recent engine according to some reports.

You don't need any of the "deep" versions of Fritz and its ilk (Junior, Shredder, Hiarcs) unless you want pure strength with multiple processors.

There are several discount sources that offer terrific prices and excellent service---> for example. You also usually can find both CM and the Viva Media packaging of Fritz at Circuit City and Best Buy. I paid $45 for Fritz at -> and found CM X for $20 at Best Buy. I use both, but CM only rarely.
coyotefan 57 ( +1 | -1 )
Need more info Are you looking for a program to help you as a CC player or an OTB player? What is your budget? Are you willing to put in many hours to make it most productive, or do you expect instant results? What are the spacifics of your PC? Do you have a good instructor to assist you? Where are your games failing? What programs do you currently have? Most importantly what are your goals? What would you consider sucess?

With this info it will be a start to help you decide which program (or programs) will bast help you reach your goals.
yanm 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Best chess program for Mac Apart from Chessmaster 9000, is there any nice commercial chess programs available on Mac??
lucasbeauchamp 10 ( +1 | -1 )
for Mac Hiarcs is best. ->
yanm 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Hiarcs Looks good, but is it playable for a low rated player like me?
coyotefan 41 ( +1 | -1 )
My point exactly Asking simply "what is the best program", or asking "what is the best Mac program" without giving detail about yourself and EXACTLY what you want to accomplish with the program is like sking "what car should I buy?" You will get many different answers, and none of them may be right for you. A well thought out detailed question will help you get the correct nswer for your needs.
yanm 72 ( +1 | -1 )
coyotefan My apologies, my question "Best chess program for Mac" was indeed flawed and it should have been "what are the good chess program for Mac" (which is more open) with some more explanations.

For instance, I already own Chessmaster 10th Edition and Fritz 7 on PC, and I was wondering what are the options for Mac (as I switched my home computer six months ago). On the whole, I prefer Chessmaster because it has more lessons, but the playing style of Fritz seems more realistic at lower rating levels. So, I'm mainly looking for a program with chess lessons and some decent play (for OTB players from ELO 1500 up to 1900)....

Best regards,

coyotefan 36 ( +1 | -1 )
Yanm I do not know much about Mac, but I agree 100% with your assessment of CM. Their tutotial is a great tool. As far as for playability, both do a great job. I prefer CM for gameplay as it is faster at a comperable level, but use Fritz as it is compatible with CB. I always set the level higher than my play. I do not need a program to lose to me, I need it to strech me. I do believe Fritz is a stronger opponent.
lucasbeauchamp 27 ( +1 | -1 )
More on Hiarcs You can download Sigma Chess HIARCS Lite from a link from the web page I gave above and try it for free. Perhaps that will give you the answers you need. ->
kewms 44 ( +1 | -1 )
I like Fritz's handicap feature a lot: it adjusts its strength automatically to give you a "good game." If you start beating it, it gets stronger.

I haven't used CM in several years. They may have improved since, but I ran into a version that was badly overloaded with cool multimedia that I didn't actually want, and that consistently crashed my computer besides.

Fritz has a much cleaner interface, IMO.

sough 35 ( +1 | -1 )
decisions... A major bonus to chessbase products is the free playchess access. Not sure if it's still offered but with fritz 8 i've had access for a loong time even though I thought it was for only a year.Lots of players, a nice interface,and live broadcasts of many tournaments.Chessmaster is great for the lessons and personalities. So it's a matter of taste--or get both/all!
odonata 62 ( +1 | -1 )
My advice For a novice, who's looking for a program as chesspartner with some nice but not too complicated features I'd advice to go for the "Kasparov chessmate" game, if you put these words in your searchengine (Google, Yahoo,..) you'll find links for both Mac and PC with free trial versions. The game has many good and not too complicated options like tournaments where each round you get different kind of opponents that grow in strenght as you proceed.

As for an OTB clubplayer who is looking for a good engine for analysis afterwards I'd advice Hiarcs10 above the Fritz engines, because it suggests more "human moves" then our friend Fritz.