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Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard (2008)
“Albert Einstein Chess Wizard” new theme for 2008.  Picture taken from Box (front)

“Albert Einstein Chess Wizard” new theme for 2008. Picture taken from Box (front)

EINSTEIN CHESS WIZARD Model E714

With his list of accomplishments, it is easy to understand why Albert Einstein’s name has become synonymous with the word ‘genius’. Lacking a team of assistants or even the use of a computer, Einstein used his friendly tuned mind to reshape science-from our understanding of the properties of light and energy to unraveling the mysteries of our expanding universe. Now, in collaboration with Excalibur Electronics, Einstein lends his name to a new collection of games meant to stimulate, challenge and develop your mind -- while you have fun!

 

      • TOURNAMENT STRENGTH
      • DIALOGUE MESSAGES SHOWN ON SCROLLING DOT MATRIX DISPLAY
      • TOURNAMENT TIME CONTROL LEVELS
      • ACTION CHESS TIME CONTROL LEVELS
      • THREAT WARNING INDICATOR WITH WHY AND WHERE EXPLANATION
      • LIMITED VOICE VOCABULARY (CHECK, NOT LEGAL, MATE, CASTLE...)
      • “ARE YOU SURE?” COACH MODE
      • REPLAY LINE AFTER TAKE BACK
      • SELECTABLE OPENING LINES FOR PLAY AND LEARNING
      • TEACH MODE FOR BEGINNER PLAYERS
      • INFO MODE TO SEE WHAT COMPUTER IS “THINKING”
      • WHERE CAN PIECE MOVE FOR BEGINNERS
      • RATES YOUR CHESS SKILL
      • RATABLE GAME INDICATOR
      • ANNOUNCES MATE IN 5 MOVES
      • SET UP NEWSPAPER PROBLEMS
      • ADJUSTABLE AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Einstein Chess Wizard” Box (back).

“Albert Einstein Chess Wizard” LCD Display.  Picture taken from Box (back)

“Albert Einstein Chess Wizard” LCD Display. Picture taken from Box (back)

Excalibur produced Einstein Chess Wizard, during its last year of operation, prior to bankruptcy and sale of their business to EB Electronics in July, 2009. The chess program was originally created at around the time when the H8 ROM’s were being phased out of production and is loosely based around a program originally used with Excalibur Mirage, Ivan, Grandmaster and Igor.

Initially the program was developed towards the end of 2002 for the 65C02 SPLB32A processor from the manufacturer Sunplus, which had more available ROM to allow for the incorporation of speech and sound effects in programs such as Excalibur II Ivan the Terrible, Excalibur Alexandra and Excalibur Deluxe Talking Touch Chess.

This created its own unique set of problems as Nelson’s H8 program had to be translated to work with this new processor which has a 6502 core. This processor had less available RAM therefore in order to make the program fit to these new lower specifications, adjustments were made to the program which included the removal of Nelson’s Attack Bit Map Tables and the commenting out of the Ponder routine, which were both important strength of play features that existed in Nelson’s H8 program. All these adjustments resulted in a new lesser strength chess program for use with the 65C02 SPLB36A1 with its own unique play behavior. 

Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard has limited voice vocabulary and utilizes a later 8-bit CMOS processor manufactured by GeneralPlus

Ron Nelson reported that manufacturing of Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard was contracted to Same Time Limited in Hong Kong.

For reading of Ron Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard (2008)

Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard (2008)

Box

Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard (2008) Box

Display & Controls

Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard (2008) Display & Controls

User Manual

Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard (2008) User Manual

Chess Wizard!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

Year:

6/3/2008

Manufacturer ELO

N/A

Original Price

$39.95

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

E714

My Serial #:

CW004545

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

GENERAL PLUS 65C02 GPLB33AV14

8 Bit CMOS Single Chip

4 MHz

64 kb

1215 Bytes

Battery Operated:

2 x AA

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD Display

Board Type:

Sensory Electronic Chessboard

Board Size:

7” x 7”

Overall Size:

8.1/2” x 11” x 1”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Touch Sensory Board

Push Button

132

32 Popular Book Opening

Yes

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Mate in 8

Yes / No

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

FH030

Tournament Level:

40 TH120

Infinite Level:

FHinF

Game Information

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