HIARCS 10 - $99
Hiarcs has long been renowned for its human-like playing style, now Hiarcs 10 goes much further with improved chess knowledge, a more aggressive style and an ability to search very deeply for the truth of a position. New chess knowledge enables Hiarcs 10 to identify deep attacking motifs long before they become apparent especially concerning king attacks and unbalanced positions and material. Hiarcs 10 often prefers initiative and attacking options over more materialistic concerns associated with traditional chess programs. Matched to this new chess knowledge Hiarcs 10 searches much more deeply than its predecessor often enabling it to find new unexpected moves and ideas much faster. New enhancements mean that while playing or analysing games, Hiarcs 10 is able to learn more about the positions and moves it sees and improve its chess strength in future games.This feature is essential for all chess players who analyse chess games, studies, positions and openings as it enables Hiarcs 10 to understand deep strategic or tactical ideas while analysing with you. With Hiarcs 10 you get an intelligent chess partner which actually learns and improves with you!

The new Hiarcs 10 book is included which has been signifi cantly enhanced with the latest GM theory and a wealth of novelties to provide a huge repertoire of fi nely tuned variations. This is the work of computer chess expert Eric Hallsworth and Hiarcs author Mark Uniacke who have combined to provide an exceptional new opening book. These features all add up to make Hiarcs 10 an essential tool for chess players of all strengths making the chess games you play or analyse much more interesting, unpredictable and exciting than ever before.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Minimum: Pentium II 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM, Windows98 SE, Me, 2000, XP, DVD ROM drive, Windows Media Player9. Recommended: Pentium IV 2.2 GHz or more, 256 MB RAM, Windows XP, GeForce5 graphics card (or equivalent) with 128 MB RAM or more 100% compatible with DirectX, sound card, Windows Media Player 9, DVD ROM drive.

Fritz Powerbook 2006 - $99
The current openings theory with 1 million games. The Fritz Powerbook 2006 contains 18 millions opening positions, derived from 1 million highclass tournament games. Together with each position all relevant information is stored: all moves that were played in the position, by players of what average rating, with what success and performance results. The games from which the Fritz Powerbook 2006 were derived are also included on the DVD. This means that in any position of the openings tree you can load and replay the games in which the position occurred. The Fritz Powerbook 2006 represents the state of the art of current openings theory. Discover exciting and tricky new lines and practice them against Fritz. In addition the DVD has a small but very exclusive book with the strongest GM games from the past 100 years (900,000 positions).

System requirements: Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows98, Windows2000, WindowsME, WindowsXP and Fritz9, DVD drive.

Mega Database 2006 - $299
The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 3.2 millions games from 1530 to 2005 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 60,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest topclass annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2005. Mega 2006 also features a new edition of the playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. As the player index now contains already more than 180,000 entries, it made sense to use an adapted playerbase which includes about 200,000 names. Doing this, the photo database was extended as well to contain 26,000 pictures now.

System requirements: Pentium PC, Win Me/XP, 64 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 9.0, hard disk space requirements 1 GB.

Big Database 2006 - $99
Contains more than 3.2 millions games from 1530 to 2005 in the highest ChessBase quality standard, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 130,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. Highest category tournament of 2005, so e.g. Linares, Sofia, San Luis, Dortmund. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2005.

System requirements: Pentium PC, Win 98/Me/XP, 16 MB Ram, DVD-Rom drive, hard disk space requirements 1 GB

Karsten Mller / Rainer Knaak: 1000 Opening Traps - $59.95
If you do not know opening theory in its most intimate details, then you must rely on a sound understanding of chess. But sometimes, that is not enough, because opening traps lurk everywhere, relying on the unwary making normal moves developing a piece, making a capture, setting or parrying a threat. But after that the reply is mainly an unusual and therefore an unexpected one a sacrifi ce, a piece moves to an unusual square or an expected recapture is omitted in favour of another, better move. In this work, the authors have a twofold aim in view; if you wish, you can master the traps within the area of your own openings. But you can also systematically attempt to extend your opening repertoire in order to set some traps yourself.

All the features at a glance:

About the authors Grandmaster Dr. Karsten Mller has for many years contributed to ChessBase (including work on the Centre Counter (Scandinavian), endgames, the Lasker- CD, the Morphy-CD), but has also already published books on the themes of tactics and endgames. Grandmaster Rainer Knaak has already published various CDs in ChessBase (including Attacking the castled king, Trompowsky Attack) and is the editor of ChessBase Magazine and the Mega Database.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium 166, 32 MB RAM, Win98 SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP

Boris Schipkov: Dutch A80-A85 - $49.95
In the third and final part of his trilogy about the Dutch, Boris Schipkov turns his attention to the less important lines. But some of them could well be considered main lines, since they are played by respected grandmasters and since the statistics are excellent from the point of view of White. For example 2.Nc3 White immediately begins to fi ght for the advance e2-e4. Or 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 which is encountered so often in praxis that it can hardly be called a sub variation. The author treats all lines with great thoroughness. All are preceded by a text in which Schipkov presents the underlying strategic ideas of the variation in question and refers to the relevant model games.

All the features at a glance:

About the author
Aged 43, the Russian theoretician Boris Schipkov lives in Novosibirsk and has already published various books and articles, including the the ChessBase-CDs The Queens Gambit Accepted, The Dutch A90-A99 and The Dutch A86-A89. He is editor in chief of the online magazineChess Siberia

Win98 SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP

Gregory Huber: The Vienna Game C23-C29 - $49.95
Gregory Hubers CD actually covers two openings, including the Bishops Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4) as well as the Vienna Game (2.Nc3). This is logical, however, since in various lines of the Vienna Bc4 is also played and in the same fashion the Bishops Opening often involves Nc3. Nor does the author omit further possible transitions above all to certain variations of the Kings Gambit with the result that the CD offers a complete repertoire for 1.e4 e5. The work consists of a clearly laid out database containing 26 texts and 330 games, 220 of which have been annotated by the author. In addition there is a large database containing more than 27,000 games (a good 300 of which have been annotated), a training database with 124 training questions and a large opening tree constructed from all the games. All the features at a glance:

All the features at a glance:

  • 26 database texts
  • clearly laid out database by the author
  • containing 330 selected games
  • large database with over 27,000 games
  • training database
  • reader based on ChessBase 9.0

The author
This is Canadian FIDE-Master Gregory Hubers dbut CD for ChessBase.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium, 32 MB RAM, Win98 SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP