Bought Fritz 9
I am pleased I did it because I want to analyse games again however I don't think it has much functionality improvements over Fritz 8. I understand the engine is better in taking account pawn structure and understanding attacking positions but that is not a feature that is easily noticed/
One thing it has is some talking features where it says some funny things in varied accents as you play it which I find fun. After time it may become annoying ....
As to the training that's included it seems besides the basic course to be the first 10 minutes of a number of their training DVD. More of a marketing push than something of value. There is however a basics of Chess tutorial that some would find of value.
The booklet that came with it I found helpful and reasonably good documentation on the working of Fritz. There seems to be a merge game feature this version where two games can be merged as one . I think this sounds interesting to explore once I have some time to devote to it.
I wish the database that came with in contained more classic games. Less than a dozen Morphy Games. With over a million game in the Database, I would hope that there would be every Morphy game would be there. I suppose that would take away some of the sales of their CB9 product.
As part of my studies, I have decided to annotate the games in Reti's Masters of the Chessboard. The ones which aren't in Fritz, I have found I can grab the Pgn off the database on www.chessbase.com and import it.
I plan to return soon to Ct-art as I have been slacking on my daily tactical training.......