I'm on Windows 8. I have the Fritz/ChessBase GUI since I bought both Fritz 12 and Houdini 3 Pro.

I would like to know how exactly can I download and install the free latest version (and most powerful version) of Stockfish.

I've found this website to download Stockfish: http://stockfishchess.org/

But after I click on the big green button that says "Download Stockfish 5 for Windows" I don't know what to do. Should I select "Save File" or "Open with"? And after that what do I do?

Please try to explain it step by steps because I'm not that good with computers.



@AlwaysLearningNewStuff: Thanks for your answer, but I did not succeed. I downloaded the file. I moved it to C:\Program Files (x86)\ChessBase. I clicked on "Create UCI engine".

Then I clicked on the "..." button (which looks to be the "Browse..." button). I went in C:\Program Files (x86)\ChessBase.

But then clicking on one of the three files does not work.

Maybe the problem comes from the fact that the icon for Stockfish is different than the the other icons:

  • You are always welcome. Good luck and best regards until next time :) Aug 10, 2014 at 1:06
  • hey all i am not able to add engine to chessbase. I did as follows FRITZ8>>Stockfish done. But in chessbaase there was no as such option for add uci engine just it shows default engines wat to do???????????
    – user6898
    Feb 19, 2015 at 4:57
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    AlwaysLearningNewStuff's answer is right, try placing the stokfish engine out of program files folder (it has special permissions on windows 8), try c:\chess\engines Feb 19, 2015 at 21:05

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First download StockFish. You click on the button shown in the below image and choose "Save as". It will be saved as .rar file, which you can open with WinRar, 7Zip or similar utility...

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Then you unzip it ( put it where you want ). After that run Fritz, and choose Engine -> Create UCI engine like in the picture below:

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The following dialog box will pop up, after which you need to press Browse button:

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Then you will see a dialog box that will help you find StockFish. Once you find it, select it and click Open ( in the picture below I didn't click on the StockFish when creating screen capture; sorry, I just forgot to do it ) :

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After Fritz finishes loading engine your dialog box should look something like the image below. Then just click on the OK button:

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That should do it. I think that the procedure is the same for ChessBase. To use StockFish instead of Fritz, press F3, select StockFish from the list of engines in the dialog box that pops, and click OK button. Wait a few seconds and you will be good to go.

That's all, if you need further help leave a comment. Best regards.

  • I answered you by editing my question.
    – Fate
    Aug 9, 2014 at 19:56
  • It seems to me that you did create StockFish successfully, but if you wish to play against it you must load it. To do that press F3, and select StockFish from the list, then click OK. Please try to do this and tell me what happens. Aug 9, 2014 at 20:55
  • No I don't think I created Stockfish successfully. When I press F3, Stockfish is not on the list (there is only Fritz 11, Fritz 12, Houdini 3 x64 and Houdini 3 Pro x64).
    – Fate
    Aug 9, 2014 at 21:03
  • @Petrosian: Did you set Houdini ( or any other program ) as your main engine? This is important, please tell me as soon as possible. Aug 9, 2014 at 21:52
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    I just realized what my mistake was. I did not understood correctly the part "Then you unzip it ( put it where you want )." I searched on Google, and to unzip a file we have to right click on it and then click on "Extract all". So I did just that, and now it works, Stockfish has been installed successfully. I even also installed another engine called "Gull 3". Thank you AlwaysLearningNewStuff for all the help you provided me.
    – Fate
    Aug 10, 2014 at 0:30

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