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Chess King Gold (new for 2015)
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- Super Grandmaster engine Houdini 4 PRO
- Huge opening tree with evaluations and success for each move
- GigaKing 2015 games database
- Classical (any level), Random, Puzzle (1500 puzzles) and Quest modes (100 games)
- Prepare for your opponent, opening and custom trees
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Chess King Gold is a new and versatile tool for chess players and is an ideal introduction for the beginner, a challenging opponent for the practiced amateur, and an invaluable coach for the aspiring master. Chess King Gold emphasizes simplicity of use in training players. However, it is more than just a traditional training program as it includes an extremely strong chess engine and a huge professional database. It is also a convenient tool for analyzing and studying one's opponent before facing them at a tournament. Buying Chess King Gold is like getting several products and paying only for one, a professional chess software playing and analysis system, the largest game database available GigaKing, the super grandmaster chess engine Houdini 4 Pro, 1500 chess puzzles for all chess levels, a unique random playing mode, and much, much more. Included: Houdini 4 Pro, GigaKing Database of over 6 million games, Full opening tree, Chess puzzles, over one hundred opening positions, Photos of over 1600 chess players. Houdini 4 Pro - a chess engine rated well above 3000 Elo is the best choice for analysis, the version included is a major update from the previous version, which already was the world's top engine used by Grandmasters and chess amateurs around the world. Considering such a strong engine can be frustrating to play against, Houdini 4 Pro includes various kinds of handicaps that can be set up using the Chess King interface. The version of Houdini 4 Pro that comes with Chess King Gold is a multi-processor one which supports up to 32 cores, it's the absolute ultimate chess analysis system available today to everyone, even with very powerful computers. The GigaKing database is updated up to the beginning of 2015 and includes a full opening tree. Full Chess960 support. The program is very easy to use, with several video tutorials available on the publisher's site and a possibility to send questions and feedback to the manufacturers.
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First of all you have to know that any chess software consists of two parts: the GUI itself, which is the graphical Interface of the program and the engine, which is the problem solver of any chess mystery.
In this case you have to activate both the GUI and the engine Houdini with the same serial number via an active internet connection. It is clear, that your firewall may block this process, so that you have to allow this for the first time, in order to complete the activation process. Houdini needs the internet connection, not the GUI, however, the GUI cannot run without the engine - it is the same with a car… ;-)
The next thing you have to consider using a chess software is the field of application. No chess software is perfect for any use. Chess King Gold, however, covers quiet a big amount of fields. From the beginner to the pro. The best way to get an impression of all the features of Chess King is to watch their video series on the you tube channel or via their homepage. Having done so, it is really easy to use this chess software to its maximum.
Compared to Deep Fritz, Aquarium, Hiarcs Chess Explorer and Deep Shredder, you have to know, that you only use one engine at a time. This engine is one of the best engines of all, so that you don’t have to use any other than Houdini. Nevertheless, it is possible to use any other engine, too. In this case you have to rename either the engine file or the line within the engines.xml file where it is linked to the engine folder.
I use the chess software mentioned above, too, but the reason, why I like Chess King so much and use it most of the time are several points:
- you get not only a chess software, but also numerous of ways to start from scratch with chess via training lessons or puzzles, which keeps you keen on improving your skills, not only you but the whole family with their own profile to compare each other and keeping the spirit alive
- you can play normal chess against the engine on different stages, either weak or very strong
- you can analyze your game afterwards with the help of the engine and here is one unique selling point Chess King has in favour of any other chess program: When analyzing your game or a game of GMs via pasting *.pgn files into Chess King, you can click on any piece, no matter if white or black has to move and you see the whole constellation. I did a snapshot to show this. This is very useful to improve your visual overview of a chess game. With any other software you can only do so, with the colour to move, but with Chess King, you can analyze your opponent or any other player the way you like to the bitter end, although it is not your turn.
So, to put it in a nutshell, this software is very good, because it is like a multitasking tool covering the most important parts not only to learn, but also to improve your skills in playing chess - fun for the whole family using different profiles.
If there is a problem you get help via E-Mail within a very short time. As far as I am concerned within the same day and Diego is very helpful, too! Just have a look at the homepage and you get any information you might need.
The only reason that I'm not giving the excellent program 5 stars is that the interface is quite dated. It is completely functional but the look and feel is more than a bit outdated and while it is reasonably easy to learn to navigate through the program's features, things aren't always altogether intuitive. This is particularly true on the Mac version which is not a native Mac version but a Windows port using CodeWeaver's Crossover software. I'm not faulting the author's for using this solution to provide a Mac product (it's fast, cheap, and somewhat easier), but it does not yield as nice of an interface as a native Mac application potentially could.
In addition to providing an excellent piece of chess software, also available is an extensive manual of over 300 pages. Nearly have of the manual is a great history of chess software, chess software tools, and generic advice on how to improve your chess playing ability using chess software. The second half of the manual goes into to detail on how to get the most out of the Chess King software. The manual is not required reading, however I found the first half of the manual to be very interesting and entertaining. The second half, the Chess King specific portion, was helpful in helping me to understand the more complex features of Chess King. For even more advanced users a Houdini manual is also available for download from Houdini.
All-in-all I am very happy with my software purchase and the customer support has been exceptional.
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