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Excalibur Publishing secures deal for Fritz Chess Pocket Version

Product: Fritz Chess - Pocket Version

Developer: ChessBase GmbH

Genre: Chess-playing Game

Platform: Windows Pocket PC

Release: February 24th 2006

Territory: UK & Scandinavia

RRP: £24.99

Barcode: 5060020472176

UK PC publisher, Excalibur Publishing, best known for its award winning Fritz Chess brand, is pleased to announce that it has secured the rights to publish the Windows Pocket PC version of this internationally renowned franchise in the UK and Scandinavia.

The real beauty of Fritz Chess Pocket Version is that you can access the quality and playability of the Fritz brand anywhere and anytime you like. It may be small in size but the pocket version of this best-selling brand is gigantic. It even got a draw in the match against the world class Grand Masters Michael Adams and Peter Leko at the Chess Classic in Mainz 2001. Its performance rating was Elo 2505.

The product features a built-in coach to assist your gameplay or you can pick up the latest tactics lessons from the Internet and solve the problems on your way to work or school!

Furthermore, the product will analyse games with you and save them in a database. And, if you connect your Pocket PC to the Internet (e.g. through a mobile phone) you have full access to the giant ChessBase online database which contains almost two million games. Fritz Chess Pocket Version will show you if the current position has ever occurred before and which moves were played!

You can play through games, forwards and backwards and start new lines and nest variations to any depth. You can also analyse with the computer using multiple variations if you want, plus enter positions, create databases and save or copy games. Everything that is required for your daily chess routine is available on the go with Fritz Chess - Pocket Version!

The younger brother of the world's strongest chess program has made great strides in the area of design, functionality and user friendliness. New pieces and board colours and formatted, colour-coded notation all contribute to optimum clarity even in deeply annotated games. The moves of the computer as well as hints and threats are displayed with coloured arrows.

Fritz Chess Pocket Version has many diverse playing levels that make it an entertaining opponent whilst the database functions and new commentary options fulfil the needs of even strong professional players.

The game also gives you mobile access to the ChessBase Online database with well over two million games. There you can search for the games of specific players, tournaments or openings. You also have online access to a giant state-of-the-art openings book with over seven million positions and full statistics for each of them. Other new functions include extended, user-friendly move entry and annotation; automatic game replay with adjustable speeds; special energy-saving mode for longer battery life.

Have fun and play chess anywhere and everywhere with Fritz Chess Pocket Version!

Fritz Chess - Pocket Version will be available on February 24th 2006.

First Class Simulations

PO Box 586,

Banbury

Oxfordshire

OX16 6BY

United Kingdom

Tel: 01869 338428

Fax: 0870 132 1026

For box art, screen shots and product information, please go to: http://www.contactsales.co.uk/FritzChessPocketVersion.htm

For press enquiries contact Richard Barclay on 01869 338428 or richardb@excalibur-publishing.com

For publishing and distribution enquiries contact Robert Stallibrass on 01869 338428 or roberts@contact-sales.co.uk

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About Excalibur Publishing

Set up in 2004, and a division of distributor Contact Sales Limited, Excalibur Publishing is the PC video game publishing arm of the group. Its aim is to bring good quality, original and innovative products to the PC games player. www.excalibur-publishing.com

About Chessbase GmbH

ChessBase GmbH, the Hamburg based software company, has been producing quality chess database and playing programs for more than eighteen years. ChessBase products are available in seven languages and are used by top players all over the world, including world champion Garry Kasparov. The most popular ChessBase product is the chess program Fritz and the internet chess server www.playchess.com

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