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Chess Station(2002)

TWO SETS IN ONE!

Excalibur offers the newest breakthrough in computerized chess! You get a full featured travel unit that features an LCD to eliminate the fuss of carrying pieces. And, when you’re at home you can still play “the old fashioned way”. Just plug the Chess Station into its docking station and use the included magnetic sensory board! Powerful processor plays at a tournament rating of 1750. Includes Excalibur’s famous teaching mode that takes an absolute beginner to advanced levels.

  • 73 Power Levels
  • Mate Trainer for Advanced Players
  • Teach Mode for Beginners
  • Selectable Opening Lines for Play and Learning
  • Hint Option for Coaching
  • 32 Mate Problems for You to Solve
  • Rates your Games
  • Take Back Mistakes
  • Full-function LCD
  • Score Key
  • 4-Way Directional Keypad
  • Magnetic Sensory Chess Board

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Chess Station” Box back cover.

Excalibur CHESS STATION Box (Front)

Excalibur CHESS STATION Box (Front)

Ron Nelson reported that in 1999 he spent 9 months in developing a new 4 Bit chess program which became the foundation for many future Excalibur models as well as its continued use by Excalibur’s successor EB Electronics. The first 4 Bit Model 375 Excalibur LCD Chess was launched in the year 2000. This program can also be found inside many chess computer models sold by other companies such as Radio Shack.

This 4 Bit program seems to be per Nelson’s comments an even further slimmed down version of the original Nelson H8 program, compressed into this much smaller hardware and trimmed with many of the features of the original stronger H8 program removed in order to squeeze a workable chess program into the lesser ram space available on the 4 Bit hardware. This included removal of many of the more sophisticated chess routines used in stronger chess programs such as Nelson’s Attack Bit Map Tables, much smaller opening books, removal of any pondering routines and excess search routines.

Nelson commented on his great interest in developing a capable program suitable for any beginning or hobby chess player and thereby finding larger outlets of distribution for the Excalibur chess products. Excalibur Chess Station, a very playable and capable chess program ideal for most players was one of the many creations that followed as a result of this nine month period of new program development in 1999. The manufacturing of Excalibur Chess Station was contracted to Same Time Limited in Hong Kong.

For reading of Ron Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

Excalibur Chess Station (2002)

Excalibur Chess Station (2002)

Box

Excalibur Chess Station (2002) Box

User Manual

Excalibur Chess Station (2002) User Manual

Docking Station

Excalibur Chess Station (2002) Docking Station

Excalibur New York Times works with Docking Station

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

Year:

5/3/2002

Manufacturer ELO

1750 USCF

Original Price

?

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

975

My Serial #:

N/A

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

SAMSUNG SAM47 S3C72F5

4 Bit Single Chip

1.5 MHz

16 KB

272 Bytes (544 x 4 Bit)

Battery Operated:

3 LR44 (AG13) Batteries

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD

Board Type:

Sensory Electronic Board

Board Size:

7” x 7”

Overall Size:

5” x 2.1/2” x 1/2”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Keypad or Sensory Board

Push Button

73

Yes

Yes

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game / Ponder

Hint/ Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Yes

Yes / No

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

Level 16

Tournament Level:

Level 72 (144 Sec)

Infinite Level:

Level 73

Game Information

Schachcomputer.Info

The Spacious Mind

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

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

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

53

30

6

17

62.3

1358

48

29

6

13

66.67

1393

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)

2007/2008- UNDER 1400 ELO CHESS COMPUTER CHAMPIONSHIP - FINISHED 3RD PLACE

TIME CONTROLS

YEAR

# OF CONTESTANTS

# OF GAMES PLAYED

FINAL PLACEMENT

START ELO

END ELO

STATUS

Active

2008/9

72

48

U4300 SEMI FINALIST

1300

1393

Complete

Chess Game Examples
 
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