IVAN THE TERRIBLE....... Computerized chess game that TALKS TO YOU!
Your intelligent talking computer chess opponent... when he talks, you will both be amused and probably abused by his 500-word vocabulary. Even though Ivan may sometimes seem to be letting you win, he is probably preparing a crushing attack because he is an expert chess player at his top level. But not to worry, you have the ability to set his level to as low as rank beginner.
- Large Speaking Vocabulary
- 100 Levels of Play
- LCD Display Shows Your Every Move
- Excalibur’s Exclusive Teach Mode
WHAT IS OUR TALKING TEACH MODE? ..... IVAN’S Talking Teach Mode teaches beginners in a simple, methodical way the fundamentals of chess, ranging from individual-piece moves to game strategies.
New players can choose from five easy-to-follow Teach Modes..... As you are learning, IVAN is explaining how the pieces move; guiding you through every step. It’s fun and exciting and it’s now available exclusively in IVAN the talking chess set.
Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Ivan the Terrible” Box back cover.
DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO? ASK FOR A HINT..... If you do not know which move to make, or you think the computer might have a better idea, you can ask IVAN for a hint. Press the HINT once and the computer will display what it thinks you should do based on its previous search...... Pressing the HINT button twice this will cause the display to show you the score of the position. The score is always displayed from IVAN’S point of view. A plus score is good for IVAN and a minus score is good for you. The numbers range from 0.0 to 9.9 where 1.0 means a pawn and 0.5 means a half a pawn value because of superior position.
The values are: pawn = 1; knight = 3; bishop = 3; rook = 5; queen = 9. Position superiority goes from 0.1 to 0.9
Example - 1.75; IVAN thinks you are up in the position by 1.3/4 of a pawn.
Pressing the HINT button one more time will cause IVAN to display the depth of search that was just used to arrive at this move. The left number is the node number and the right number is the ply number. Nodes are legal chess positions that IVAN is examining each move.
Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Ivan the Terrible” User Manual.