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TI Video Chess (1979)
“Video Chess” Game Screen instructions.  Picture take from User Manual.

“Video Chess” Game Screen instructions. Picture take from User Manual.

Chess is a wonderful game for many reasons. Its rules are simple enough to be learned in a few minutes; yet it is so complex that every game is different. It can be enjoyed equally by beginners and masters. It can be played quickly, with only a few seconds’ thought spent on each move, or it can take many minutes, hours or even days to make a move. Chess can be played by telephone or by mail; by people suffering from almost any physical disability; in fair weather or in foul; for fun or for serious competition. It requires no special equipment, apart from the chess-clocks used in competitions (and the Video Chess module has its own build-in chess clock). Above all, chess is great fun.

I have been playing chess for more than twenty years. It has given me untold pleasure, just as it has brought pleasure to those many millions of people who have played the game since it was invented, probably in India, some fourteen centuries ago. We have designed Video Chess module so that you will be able to share in this wonderful experience and improve your game. Whether you are learning chess for the first time or have played before, the Video Chess module welcomes you to its club.

David Levy - International Master (Excerpt taken from “Video Chess” User Manual.)

Picture from “Video Chess” User Manual (front)

Picture from “Video Chess” User Manual (front)

Picture showing how to use “Video Chess” Game Cartridge taken from User Manual.

Picture showing how to use “Video Chess” Game Cartridge taken from User Manual.

An unusual feature is the ability to play 9 simultaneous games.  Instructions taken from “Video Chess” User Manual

An unusual feature is the ability to play 9 simultaneous games. Instructions taken from “Video Chess” User Manual

Information

Texas Instruments Video Chess (1979)

Texas Instruments Video Chess (1979)

Cartridge (top view)

Texas Instruments Video Chess (1979) Cartridge (top view)

Game Cartride Slot

Texas Instruments Video Chess (1979) Game Cartride Slot

User Manual

Texas Instruments Video Chess (1979) User Manual

Adds 28K bytes of active memory

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Texas Instruments

David Levy

Year:

1979

Manufacturer ELO

N/A

Original Price:

?

Language:

Assembly

Code/Data Size:

?

Media:

Cartridge

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

TI TMS 9900

16 Bit

3.3 Mhz

26 KB

42 KB

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Keyboard

Keyboard

3 Play Modes, 4 Play Styles

Yes

2 Half Moves (Ply)

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game / Ponder

Hint/ Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / No

Mate in 3

Yes / No

Yes / No

Active Level:

30 Seconds

Tournament Level:

180 Seconds

Infinite Level:

200 seconds max.

Game Information

The Spacious Mind

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

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

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

1

0

0

1

00.0

1100

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Game Screenshots

Texas Instruments Video Chess (1979) Game Screenshot

Texas Instruments Video Chess (1979) Chess board close-up

Chess Game Examples
 
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