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prazam 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Deep Fritz 7 or Deep Junior 8? Currently I use Chessbase 8.0 and Fritz 7. For Fritz I've got plenty of egines including Deep Junior and Deep Fritz 7. The problem is: I'm about to buy Deep Junior 8. What do you think is best?
desertfox 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Junior is the better program but fritz is good as a teaching program. It depends what you want to achieve. Junior beat fritz in their last encounter for world championship. I will be ready to share with you the costs of buying the program. Its a great help in learning new variants in the openings.

caldazar 102 ( +1 | -1 )
They can't really be compared; the two engines have very different evaluative functions. In general (VERY general), Fritz tends to play a better positional game. However, it doesn't understand dynamic assets as well as Junior. For instance, in an unbalanced position, Fritz will tend to favor maintaining solid pawn structures and avoiding immediate material loss while Junior tends to weigh initiative and piece activity more heavily. Of course, if something like a pawn sac is obviously good, Fritz will make it too, but usually situations are not so clear cut.

If all you want is to do a simple blunder check of your games (did I cough up a pawn there? was my knight sac sound?), either will do. If you need to analyze certain specific positions, you need to use the engine that's most appropriate for the position at hand (backed up with your own analysis of course; engines will sometimes spit out nonsense until you point the engine's analysis in the right direction).