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Excalibur e-Chess Express (2005)

FEATURES OF e-CHESS EXPRESS

 

      • 8 PLAYING LEVELS
      • HINTS FOR COACHING
      • TAKE BACK MISTAKES
      • TEACHING MODE FOR BEGINNING PLAYERS
      • OFF KEY SAVES GAME IN MEMORY
      • AUTOMATIC TURNOFF
      • LCD CHESS BOARD
      • LCD ICONS INDICATE CHECK, CHECKMATE, AND DRAW

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “e-Chess Express” User Manual.

e-CHESS EXPRESS was sold exclusively through RadioShack as Model # 60-2742

“EXCALIBUR e-CHESS EXPRESS” Features Picture taken from Box (back)

“EXCALIBUR e-CHESS EXPRESS” Features Picture taken from Box (back)

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 e-Chess Express is a fun program, with its 8 fast response levels it is ideal for most casual players who are interested in a quick game of chess. Excalibur e-Chess Express was one of the many creations that followed as a result of this nine month period of new program development in 1999.

Excalibur e-Chess Express Model 410X-CS-RS was manufactured for Excalibur Electronics by Wide Concepts Limited, Hong Kong was primarily made available to Radio Shack/Tandy Corporation for resale through their 4,000+ stores in 2005.

Wide Concepts Limited established in 1998, specializes in developing and producing various kinds of electronic handheld games, electronic educational games and gift and premium items whose manufacturing likely occurs in China.

For reading of Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

Excalibur e-Chess Express (2005)

Excalibur e-Chess Express (2005)

Box

Excalibur e-Chess Express (2005) Box

Push Button Controls

Excalibur e-Chess Express (2005) Push Button Controls

User Manual

Excalibur e-Chess Express (2005) User Manual

Challenge your Mind to a Game of Chess!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

Year:

5/20/2005

Manufacturer ELO

N/A

Original Price

$9.99

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

410X-CS-RS

My Serial #:

N/A

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

CHIPMAST 50C014

8 Bit Single Chip

2.2 MHz

14 KB

160 Bytes SRAM

Battery Operated:

3 x AAA

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD Display

Board Type:

LCD Display Chessboard

Board Size:

1.1/2” x 1.1/2”

Overall Size:

2.1/2” x 5.1/2” x 3/4”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Push Button Keypad

Push Button Controls

8

Yes @ 10-12 Ply Max.

2 Half Mpves (Ply)

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

No / No

No / No

N/A

Yes / No

No / Yes

Active Level:

8 (20 sec)

Tournament Level:

N/A

Infinite Level:

N/A

Game Information

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