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Excalibur Deluxe Electronic Chess (2005)

DELUXE ELECTRONIC CHESS

POSITIONS SCORE

During a game, you may press the HINT key twice to get your computer’s evaluation of a position. The scoring totals the following values: Pawns -- 1, Knights -- 3, Bishops -- 3, Rooks -- 5, and Queen -- 9

SMILING FACES AND FROWNING FACES

Whenever Electronic chess evaluates your position as 2 points of more ahead, it will show a smiling face when it displays it’s move. Whenever it evaluates your score as 2 points of more behind, it will show a frowning face when it displays a move.

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Deluxe Electronic Chess” User Manual.

Ron Nelson reported that he spent 9 months 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 he had a 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 Deluxe Electronic Chess, a successor to Excalbur Saber IV, 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 Deluxe Electronic Chess was contracted to Same Time Limited in Hong Kong.

For reading of Ron Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

Excalibur Deluxe Electronic Chess (2005)

Excalibur Deluxe Electronic Chess (2005)

Sensory Chessboard

Excalibur Deluxe Electronic Chess (2005) Sensory Chessboard

Push Button Controls

Excalibur Deluxe Electronic Chess (2005) Push Button Controls

User Manual

Excalibur Deluxe Electronic Chess (2005) User Manual

72 Levels of play

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

Year:

2005

Manufacturer ELO

1650 USCF

Original Price

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Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

901E-4

My Serial #:

SA-133135

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

SAMSUNG SAM47 S3C72K8

4 Bit Single Chip

1.5 MHz

8 KB

512 Byte (1024 x 4 Bit)

Battery Operated:

1.5V x 4 (AAA Size)

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD

Board Type:

Sensory Electronic

Board Size:

6.5” x 6.5”

Overall Size:

7.1/2” x 9.5” x 7/8”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Touch Sensory Board

Push Button

73

250 Moves

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

Infinite Level:

Level 73

Game Information

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