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RadioShack Talking E-Chess Version A (2002)

TALKING E-CHESS Electronic Talking Chess With Teaching Mode

Talking e-chess is fun for beginners and challenging for experts. Endorsed by the official World Chess Hall of Fame, Talking e-chess is a powerful chess-playing computer featuring 136 levels of play for all -- from novice to tournament veteran. Beginners can use its Teaching Mode several fun ways to learn the basics. Intermediate players can improve their strategy and tactics to get better quickly. Even experts will be challenged and stay sharp between tournament games by practicing with Talking e-chess. Powerful programming has an estimated playing strength of 1700 -- serious competition capable of beating 95% of all players!

  • Powerful programming capable of beating over 95% of all players
  • Excellent challenge for even the most advanced players
  • 8 Teaching Modes & 136 adjustable playing levels for beginners to tournament veterans!
  • Hear the computer announce its moves, letting you play more naturally
  • Estimated Tournament Rating 1700

Excerpts taken from the RadioShack “Talking E-Chess” Packing. This computer was made for RadioShack by Excalibur Model # 410-V

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“Talking E-Chess” picture taken from box

According to Ron Nelson, by the time Excalibur Talking e-Chess was conceived, the H8 ROM’s were being phased out of production, therefore Excalibur Talking e-Chess was developed around the SPLB191A processor from the manufacturer Sunplus. This created its own unique set of problems as Ron 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 SPLB191A with its own unique play behavior.

Excalibur Talking e-Chess Model 410V was manufactured for Excalibur Electronics by Cybertronics (Expert) in the Shenzen Province of China. Radio Shack distributed Talking e-Chess through their 4000+ stores as Radio Shack Model # 60-2709

For reading of Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

RadioShack Talking E-Chess Version A (2002)

RadioShack Talking E-Chess Version A (2002)

Directional Controls

RadioShack Talking E-Chess Version A (2002) Directional Controls

User Manual

RadioShack Talking E-Chess Version A (2002) User Manual

Push Button Controls

RadioShack Talking E-Chess Version A (2002) Push Button Controls

Electronic Talking Chess with Teaching Mode

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer/Distributor

Programmer

Excalibur/Radio Shack

Ron Nelson

Year:

8/19/2002

Manufacturer ELO

1700 USCF

Original Price

$29.99

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

60-2709

My Serial #:

-

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

SUNPLUS 65C02 SPLB191A

8 Bit Single Chip

3 MHz

256 KB

704 Bytes

Battery Operated:

1.5V x 3 (AA Size)

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD Display

Board Type:

LCD Chessboard

Board Size:

2” x 2”

Overall Size:

5.7/8” x 3.7/8” x 1”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Push Button Controls

Push Button

136

3000+ Moves

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:

F:H0:30

Tournament Level:

40 T:H2:00

Infinite Level:

F:HicnF

Game Information

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Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

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