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Computer Chess (1979)

For Atari 400/800/800XL/1200XL

COMPUTER CHESS (CXL-4009)

You can play against the chess computer. Eight levels of play are available. Moves are made using a joystick controller. The chess board and pieces are shown on the screen. Both ‘castling” and “en passant” can be made by you or the computer. The board can be set up for a particular chess problem or situation. The computer can play either white or black.

Uses one Joystick Controller. ROM cartridge. Operates with minimum 8K RAM system.

Excerpts taken from an ATARI catalog.

Notes:

  • Instruction booklet states Level 1 for 30 seconds per move, this seems to be wrong Level 3 seems to be more appropriate.
  • Atari Chess (1986) is the same program.
“Computer Chess” advert taken from an ATARI catalog.

“Computer Chess” advert taken from an ATARI catalog.

Information

Atari 400/800/800XL/1200XL Computer Chess (1979)

Atari 400/800/800XL/1200XL Computer Chess (1979)

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Atari 400/800/800XL/1200XL Computer Chess (1979) Cartridge Slot

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Atari 400/800/800XL/1200XL Computer Chess (1979) Advert

Instructions

Atari 400/800/800XL/1200XL Computer Chess (1979) Instructions

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 6502C

8 Bit

1.79 Mhz (NTSC)

24 KB

64 KB

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Joystick

Function Keys

8

Yes

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 1 (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 800XL Computer Chess (1979) Chess Board Screenshot

Atari 800XL Computer Chess (1979) Level 1 Indicator

Chess Game Examples
 
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