Fritz

Fritz

 

Please find here instructions on how to alter the settings within Fritz to allow the build-in announce move plug-in to speak out the moves for you.

The instructions below are once you have installed the Fritz software (see below for instructions for installation), and take into account that the software is in readiness for usage.
Fritz 11 or Fritz 12

1. Use the Jaws key (or an alternative speech synthesiser’s key) to access the menus at the top of the window.

2. Find “options” and use the synthesiser’s left mouse button to click it (for jaws, the key right of the numlock on the numerical keypad).

3. Control-tab to the “design” dialogue box.

4. Tab until you find
”graphics in high quality”
Unselect this by hitting the space-bar.

5. Tab-control around to “multi-media”.
Select ”board sounds”
Select “announce moves”.

 

6. Click on “ok” and restart the program.

Fritz 8 or 9.

1. Click on the "tools" menu and click on "options".

 

2. You can tab control to cycle through the various sections here, but the section that is the most important here is the

"Multi-media page"
dialogue box. Once

in this, tab around and you must:
Select "audio announce moves".

Select “audio board sounds”
unselect "Chatter (messages)".

Choose "no music" option.

 

3. Click on OK and this should enable the Fritz to be able to announce the moves once a new game has begun [control n].

 

4. However, close the program and re-open it to allow the settings to initiate.

Instructions on how to use Fritz

Making moves

1. Fritz announces yours and his moves . When entering your move by keyboard, you must be extremely careful, for Fritz is very sensitive.

 

To enter a move into Fritz type The start square and then the square of destination.
EG. e2e4 e7e5 g1f3 b8c6 etc.

2. the left arrow takes back a move. ON the opposite side, the right arrow moves forward a move.

 

3. If you have made an illegal move or not typed the move in correctly, Fritz will not announce anything. Hit the back-space (above the enter key) several times to clear any script and retry and type the move in again.

If that fails, simply hit the left arrow and then the right arrow to go back the previous and re-make the current moves.

 

4. If you have made a legal move but do not want that one, Fritz will allow you to overwrite it.

Hit the left arrow to undo the move and then re-enter it. Once you have re-entered the move, a dialogue box appears, asking if you want

 

to "insert", "new variation" etc.

Simply tab around to "overwrite", and hit spacebar.


Saving games

1. If you ever want to save a game, It is suggested you do it in "pgn" format.

 

Simply go to "save as" in the "file" menu, tab once to go to "file type", and highlight "pgn" format file" (pressing P should go straight to it, or cursor down to it). Any files will be saved in the chessbase directory in "my documents", unless you specifically ask for it to be saved elsewhere.

 

Databases

1. To enter a game into Fritz, you must use "Infinite analysis".
Hit alt G for the "game" menu and cursor down to "infinite analysis". Pressing enter on that will activate the mode and you will be able to enter the moves into Fritz without him answering you.

You will then be able to type the game into Fritz and once completed, you can save the game in PGN format, by going to “save as” in the File menu.

2. To search for a specific player in a database, access the database, hit the escape key once in Fritz and it is suggested you do a search [control f - filter game], and then type the name in the white player's name,

 

or black player's name. You have the other things like Elo, tournament etc., but not every field must be filled.

 

To access each field, simply tab around to each one.

 

Once you have put the relevant information in, hit enter on the white player's box.

 

3. To search for a particular position in the database, enter the game score using the "infinite analysis" feature, and once you have reached your desired position, hit alt E for the "edit" menu and cursor up to "find position".

Entering on that will get Fritz searching your database, which may take some time.

Once the search is complete, a list of the discovered games are displayed. Using the up and down cursors, you can scroll through the list of games. Pressing enter on either of them will open up the game.

You can then play through the game, by using the right arrow key.

To go back to the list of discovered games, press the escape key.

To go back to your main list of database games, from the discovered game list, press tab.

Analysing a game

1. To analyse a position or game, enter the game score into Fritz using the "infinite analysis" feature. Or have a game open from a database.

Then hit alt "t" for the "tools" menu. The first option is analysis. Press the right arrow and press enter for full analysis (a whole game). There is an option there for deep position analysis, where Fritz can analyse one specific position (the position that is currently on the board).

Entering on the full analysis menu will bring up a dialogue box.
To get the best results from the analysis feature, it is suggested the following.

Pressing tab around the dialogue box:

A. The first option is time. For a quick look, type 5 or 10 in this box.

B. The threshold. put this at 30.

C. the last move. This must be at 1.

D. Reference DB button. Enter on that. This bring sup another dialogue box. Shift tab will bring you into a search option where you can look for your database file. Press the back key or use your cursors to scroll through the search area. Once you have found your database file, press enter on it.

E. Annotations verbose. This can be checked or unchecked (toggle the option by hitting the space bar).

F. Annotations graphical. It is suggested to leave this unchecked. It is unnecessary (toggle the option by hitting the space bar).

 

G. Annotations training. It is suggested to leave this unchecked. (toggle the option by hitting the space bar).

H. Annotation erase old annotations. Check this (toggle the option by hitting the space bar).

 

I. Side both. Check this (toggle the option by hitting the space bar).

J. hit the OK button.
Fritz will then begin to analyse the game.

K. Once complete, it is suggested you save it and review it in WordPad/notepad etc.

L. Go to the file menu, and cursor down to "save as". Pressing enter on that brings up the dialogue box. Tab once and press "p" for PGN file. Shift tab and enter a file name.

Press enter and then you can open the file in notepad or WordPad.

M. In your word processor software (WordPad/Notepad), go to open "control "O"), tab once and cursor down to "all files", shift tab twice and search for the file you have named.

The file should be in my documents/chessbase.
Otherwise, simply go to your desktop, enter on my documents, and cursor down to Chessbase. Enter on that and the file should be in there somewhere. The extension is .pgn and not the .ini file.

 

Useful shortcuts (also seen in the Fritz menus).

new game = control n.

Fritz to move = space bar.

delete move = left arrow.

Go forward a move = right arrow.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLING FRITZ

 

1. Insert the CD into your CD rom rive.

 

2. The CD should begin automatically. If not, click the start menu, click on "run" and type the drive letter of your CD rom i.e. d: and then press Enter,

and once the files have been displayed, double click on "setup.exe"

 

3. If the CD rom has begun automatically, as it should, you should get three options, "close", "start" and "install". Click on install.

 

4. Fritz is like any other software, and the installation process involves agreeing to the licence agreement etc. Click on Next right the way through,

and once installed, reboot your computer.

 

5. Once the computer has been restarted, Fritz should appear on your desktop. Double click on the "Fritz" icon.

 

6. You have to hit the space bar to begin the program [note: do not hit enter to play chess on line - you will always have to hit space bar whenever you begin Fritz].

 

7. A dialogue box should appear at the beginning, giving credits, computer type etc. You can enter your name, and the other options. You can enter your information by tabbing around to each section and simply typing in the information, or using your cursor keys up and down to select the relevant icon.

 

8. What is important here is that you highlight the first selection box which states "skip on start up". Once highlighted, this dialogue box will never appear again once you have begun Fritz.

To highlight the box, simply hit spacebar to "select" it.

 

9. Once you have clicked on OK on the dialogue box, the Fritz software will begin. You must configure the options before you can play Fritz yourself, but any sighted

person can begin playing immediately.

 

10. Type your moves in, by typing in the initial square from where the piece is, then the coordinates to where it is moving to. E.G. e2e4.

 

 

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