Friday, September 30, 2011

How to Optimize Book Learning Strength in Fritz Chess Program

Computer programs today are getting so advanced, they can actually learn from their mistakes and rewrite their opening books accordingly. Fritz is no exception, and it has many options for book modification, including setting the learning potential at a maximum. This option is especially useful if you regularly challenge other learning engines.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Fritz chess playing program A mouse
    • 1

      Go to the menu at the top of the Fritz program, and choose Tools > Book options. This can also be done by simply hitting the F4 key, which will bring up the opening book options box without having to go to the Tools menu.

    • 2

      Click on the "Optimize" button for maximum learning potential and least variety of play, making it play the strongest moves it knows in a given situation. Click "Normal" for factory settings, which will allow some variety of play and decrease the learning potential, which is best for playing against it as a learning tool. Click the "Handicap" button to activate totally random opening moves, and zero learning potential, weakening the engine substantially.

    • 3

      Change the "Minimum games" and "Up to move" boxes to reflect how many games it takes before the engine permanently changes a move order and how many moves into a chess game the engine will still consider itself in the opening stages.

    • 4

      Click "OK" once all the settings are to your satisfaction, and Fritz will automatically load them every time it starts up, until they are once again changed.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also left click the sliders in the book options box to make totally custom book learning options.

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