Fritz 2 is the second program of the legendary Fritz series, which was a series of chess programs published by ChessBase. Until Fritz 13 the engine developed by primary author Frans Morsch and Mathias Feist, Deep Fritz 14 released in November 2013 by Gyula Horváth, Fritz 15 and 16 in November 2015 and 2017 by Vasik Rajlich, and Fritz 17 in November 2019 by Frank Schneider, with the inclusion of Fat Fritz featuring a new set of custom made neural network weights that work in the open-source project Leela Chess Zero.
Fritz 1-13 were based on Frans Morsch's program Quest, and was first marketed by ChessBase in 1991 as MS-DOS program with its own Graphical User Interface. Since version 4, released in 1996, Fritz ran on Windows, and is until today one the world’s most popular and successful chess programs. At the WCCC 1995, Fritz 3 became World Computer Chess Champion, winning a notable game versus Deep Blue prototype and the playoff against Star Socrates.
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This version of Fritz 2 was designed for personal computers with operating system MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System),
which was operating system developed by Microsoft in 1981. It was the most widely-used operating system in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was supplied
with most of the IBM computers that purchased a license from Microsoft. After 1995, it was pushed out by a graphically more advanced system - Windows and
its development was ceased in 2000. At the
time of its greatest fame, several thousand games designed specifically for computers with this system were created. Today, its development is no longer continue
and for emulation the free DOSBox emulator is most often used. More information about MS-DOS operating system can be found
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maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
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