Monday, December 11, 2006


A club member asked me recently whether he should buy Fritz 10 to upgrade from Fritz 8. I suggested that he would get more bang for the buck by purchasing instead another engine: either Shredder or Rybka (both of which will work in your familiar ChessBase interface). You can get Rybka either from the Rybkachess website or from Convekta (likely elsewhere as well); it is widely recommended as the best chess engine.

Peter Doggers recently posted a commentary on just how superior Rybka is (it's rated at least 100 points higher than its nearest competitor). He includes a brilliant Shredder-Rybka game to illustrate its ability to see material sacrifices. You can see a great illustration of its endgame technique in the game Rybka-Christiansen at Goran's website. And more of Rybka's games can be seen at

I think I know another present I want from Santa....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those on a budget or who'd rather spend $ on other things, free engines like TogaII are competitive with Fritz also.

Mon Dec 11, 01:48:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the free-to-download early version of Rybka (1.0 I think) usually beats Fritz 9 anyhow . . .

Tue Dec 12, 11:25:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, this engine is getting more and more known recently. Might be prudent to investigate this. :)

Fri Dec 15, 04:55:00 AM EST  

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