The Spacious Mind
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Atari Video Chess
“ATARI Video Chess”  picture taken from Atari catalog.

“ATARI Video Chess” picture taken from Atari catalog.

VIDEO CHESS (CX-2645

Nail-biting concentration and skill. Select your moves carefully, or ... Checkmate! It;s you against the computer in one of the most sophisticated approaches to the classical game thinking man’s game.

Excerpts taken from an ATARI catalog.

Uses one Joystick Controller. ROM cartridge.

Notes:

  • Instruction booklet states Level 2 for 30 seconds per move, this seems to too fast Level 3 might be more appropriate.

ATARI never intended to make a chess game until someone in Florida tried to sue them. The original Atari 2600 Video Computer System showed a chess piece which was the reason for the suit.  Shortly thereafter ATARI decided to make a video chess game.

“Two Kings” picture taken from an ATARI Video Chess advert.

“Two Kings” picture taken from an ATARI Video Chess advert.

Information

Atari Video Chess (1979)

Atari Video Chess (1979) Picture from  Atari Game Catalog

Game Cartridge

Atari Video Chess (1979) Game Cartridge

Box (front)

Atari Video Chess (1979) Box (front)

Box (back)

Atari Video Chess (1979) Box (back)

Chess Game Cartridge

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Atari Inc.

Bob Whitehead & Larry Wagner

Year:

1979

Manufacturer ELO

?

Original Price:

?

Language:

Assembly

Code/Data Size:

?

Media:

Cartridge

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

MOS 6507

8 Bit

1.19 Mhz (NTSC)

None (Uses Cartridges 2K/4K)

128 Bytes

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Joystick

Game Select

8

No

No

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game / Ponder

Hint/ Teach Mode

Yes / No

No / No

No

No / No

No / No

Active Level:

Level 2 (Level 3)

Tournament Level:

Level 4

Infinite Level:

Level 7 - 10 Hours

Game Information

The Spacious Mind

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

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

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

1

0

1

0

50.0

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Game Screenshots

Atari Video Chess (1979) Game Screenshot

Atari Video Chess (1979) Chess Board Closeup

Chess Game Examples
 
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