EXCALIBUR THE NEW YORK TIMES ELECTRONIC CHESS
Congratulations on your purchase of Excalibur Electronics’ The New York Times Electronic Chess. You’ll enjoy owning both your own personal chess trainer and a full-featured chess computer that’s always ready for a game. What’s more, your computer offers you 501 chess problems by The New York Times weekly chess columnist, international grandmaster Robert Byrne. Byrne is a former US chess champion and world championship candidate who was inducted
into the US Chess Hall of Fame in Miami in 1994. You’ll learn a lot of chess by working at the puzzles he’s written for you!
Your New York Times Electronic Chess is packed with features! Each key has two labels. To activate the feature named below the
key, just press the key. To enjoy the feature given above the key, first press NEXT/2nd and then the key.
MAIN EXCALIBUR LCD CHESS & CHECKERS GAME CHARACTERISTICS:
- Tournament Strength
- Threat Warning Indicator.
- Selectable Opening Lines of Play and Learning.
- Replays Historical Great Chess Games with Special Scoring.
- 501 Problems for you to Solve.
- 16 of the World’s Greatest Games for you to play.
- TEACH Mode for Beginner Players.
- Mate Trainer for Advanced Players.
- Autoplay to Watch Computer Play Both Sides.
- INFO Mode to See What Computer is “Thinking”.
BOOK OPENING TRAINER
Excalibur The New York Times Electronic Chess makes it easy for you to learn the same openings that world chess champions play! At the beginning of a game, you may choose to learn one of 34 popular book openings—ways to begin the game—used by chess masters. Press MODE, then OPTIONS, to display OPEN, and then press the right or left DIRECTION to select the number of the opening you want to learn. (See below.) Then press the CLEAR key to return to normal play.
Now play a move. If your move is not the correct opening move, an error buzz will sound. To learn the correct move press HINT. When the computer comes back with its move, you will briefly see the word OPEN on the screen if you have another opening move to make. If the word OPEN does not appear, you may continue normal play. You have completed the training for that opening line. The names of the openings are:
1. Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation
2. Ruy Lopez, Closed Defense
3. Ruy Lopez, Open Defense
4. Ruy Lopez Archangel Defense
5. Giuoco Piano
6. Scotch Game
7. Four Knights
8. Petroff Defense
9. Vienna Game
10. Sicilian, Classical Defense
11. Sicilian, Accelerated Dragon
12. Sicilian, Rossolimo Attack
13. Sicilian, Dragon Variation
14. Sicilian, Scheveningen Variation
15. Sicilian, Najdorf Variation
16. Sicilian, Moscow Variation
17. Caro-Kann Defense
18. Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. French Defense, Winawer Variation
20. French Defense, Classical Defense
21. French Defense, McCutcheon Variation
22. French Defense, Tarrasch Variation
23. Queen’s Gambit Accepted
24. Queen’s Gambit Declined
25. Queen’s Gambit, Semi-Slav Defense
26. Queen’s Gambit, Tarrasch Defense
27. Queen’s Gambit, Slav Defense
28. Nimzo-Indian Defense, Rubinstein Var.
29. Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical Var.
30. Queen’s Indian Defense
31. Queen’s Indian Defense,Petrosian Var.
32. Bogo-Indian Defense
33. Gruenfeld Defense
34. King’s Indian Defense
NEW YORK TIMES PROBLEMS
Your mission is to find the master move for each position. If you do not play the master move, an error beep will sound. The HINT key may be pressed to see the master move. Electronic Chess will remember the last problem number you worked on for each of the five options. Before selecting a problem, first set the level to 72, so that you have a good opponent if you play on after the correct move.
- MATE1: Select one of 66 mate-in-1 move problems.
- MATE2: Select one of 196 mate-in-2 moves problems.
- MATE3: Select one of 95 mate-in-3 moves problems.
- MATE4: Select one of 9 mate-in-4 moves problems.
- PrOb: Select one of 135 tactical problem positions. You are generally looking for moves that win material. But in some cases you may have a losing position and the master move is to force a draw.
Excerpts taken from the Excalibur The New York Times” User Manual.