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Alexandra the Great (2003)

ALEXANDRA THE GREAT TALKING CHESS COMPUTER.......”Hello, I am Alexandra”

Alexandra Kosteniuk has already assembled an impressive chess resume. At only 13, Alexandra became the world’s youngest Women’s International Master. At 14 she became the youngest woman Grandmaster ever and won the silver medal in the Chess Olympiad. By age 17, she had won two European titles and three World Girls Championships! Now Alexandra, together with Excalibur’s world class engineering team, brings you the best teaching chess computer ever!

  • Expert strength estimated 2000 rating
  • Selectable opening lines for play and learning
  • Automatic shutoff with memory save
  • Info mode shows what the computer is “thinking”

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Alexandra the Great” Box back cover.

BOOK OPENING TRAINER..... Alexandra the Great makes it easy for you to learn the same openings that world chess champions play! At the beginning of a game, you may choose to learn from 32 popular book openings.

PIECE TRAINING..... There are five special mini-games. The most famous and successful chess teachers in the world take their beginning students from the simple to the complex by having them play “mini games” of chess that concentrate on just one or more types of pieces. Even advanced players practice these basics, just as a concert pianist continues to practice the scales so they remain second nature. Like any great trainer, Alexandra will play you these special practice games.

RATINGS..... To view your rating, press OPTIONS until “RATE” is displayed. Your current rating appears on the display. To have your rating change, you must complete a rated game on a tournament or sudden death level. 

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Alexandra the Great” User Manual.

“Alexandra the Great” picture taken from box

“Alexandra the Great” picture taken from box

According to Ron Nelson, by the time Excalibur Alexandra was conceived, the H8 ROM’s were being phased out of production, therefore Excalibur Alexandra was developed around the SPLB32A processor from the manufacturer Sunplus. This created its own unique set of problems as Nelson’s H8 program had to be translated to work with this new processor which has a 6502 core. This processor had less available RAM therefore in order to make the program fit to these new lower specifications , adjustments were made to the program which included the removal of Nelson’s Attack Bit Map Tables and the commenting out of the Ponder routine, which were both important strength of play features that existed in Nelson’s H8 program. All these adjustments resulted in a new lesser strength chess program for use with the SPLB32A with its own unique play behavior.

Excalibur Alexandra the Great was contracted for manufacturing by Excalibur Electronics to the EWIG Industries Hong Kong Office in Kowloon which is a subsidiary of EWIG Industries Macao Commercial Offshore Limited in Macau whose electronic manufacturing factory is situated in the Guangdong Province of China.

The same SPLB32A processor was also used on Excalibur Ivan II the Conqueror.

For reading of Ron Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

Alexandra the Great (2003)

Alexandra the Great (2003)

Box

Alexandra the Great (2003) Box

Push Button Controls

Alexandra the Great (2003) Push Button Controls

User Manual

Alexandra the Great (2003) User Manual

Alexandra speaks English, French and German!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

Year:

2003

Manufacturer ELO

2000 USCF

Original Price

$89.95

Wiki ELO:

1700

Model #:

908

My Serial #:

00035

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

SUNPLUS 65C02 SPLB32A

8 Bit CMOS Single Chip

5 Mhz

512 KB

1216 Byte SRAM

Battery Operated:

1.5V x 3 (AA Size)

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD

Board Type:

Sensory Electronic

Board Size:

8” x 8”

Overall Size:

11.1/2” x 10” x 1”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Touch Sensory Board

Push Button

136

32 Openings

Yes

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Mate in 8

Yes / No

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

FH30

Tournament Level:

40 TH200

Infinite Level:

FHinF

Game Information

Schachcomputer.Info

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Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

80

24

13

43

38.13

1653

12

3

2

7

33.33

1645

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Tournaments & Matches

Active Chess (30 seconds per move)

2007/8 EXCALIBUR CHESS TOURNAMENT

TIME CONTROLS

YEAR

# OF CONTESTANTS

# OF GAMES PLAYED

FINAL PLACEMENT

START ELO

END ELO

STATUS

Active

2007/8

4

12

3 rd

1677

1645

Ongoing

Chess Game Examples
 
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