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EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS

EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS

Picture taken from the Excalibur Touch Chess box.

EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS

World’s first stylus-touch chess is as portable and as easy-to-use as the most popular PDA’s! Just use the pull-out stylus to choose the piece and tap the square you want to move to! Play against the computer or use it as an on-the-go travel set. Compete against a partner or study games from books and newspapers. Offers teaching modes and rating functions, along with lots more features of larger table top models! You can even play over 16 of the greatest chess masterpieces of all time! Includes a protective carrying pouch.

MAIN EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS GAME CHARCTERISTICS

    • Tournament strength.
    • 73 Power levels.
    • Rates your play.
    • HINT key for coaching.
    • HELP mode shows beginners all legal moves for beginners.
    • 16 of the greatest games ever played.
    • Lightweight stylus in unit.

Excerpts taken from Excalibur Touch Chess box.

Ron Nelson reported that he spent 9 months developing a new 4 Bit chess program which became the foundation for many future Excalibur models as well as its continued use by Excalibur’s successor EB Electronics. The first 4 Bit Model 375 Excalibur LCD Chess was launched in the year 2000. This program can also be found inside many chess computer models sold by other companies such as Radio Shack.

This 4 Bit program seems to be per Nelson’s comments an even further slimmed down version of the original Nelson H8 program, compressed into this much smaller hardware and trimmed with many of the features of the original stronger H8 program removed in order to squeeze a workable chess program into the lesser ram space available on the 4 Bit hardware. This included removal of many of the more sophisticated chess routines used in stronger chess programs such as Nelson’s Attack Bit Map Tables, much smaller opening books, removal of any pondering routines and excess search routines.

Nelson commented he had a great interest in developing a capable program suitable for any beginning or hobby chess player and thereby finding larger outlets of distribution for the Excalibur chess products. Excalibur Touch Chess is a very playable and capable chess program ideal for most players was one of the many creations that followed as a result of this nine month period of new program development in 1999.

Excalibur Touch Chess was manufactured for Excalibur Electronics by Kidstech Electronics Limited in Hong Kong.

For reading of Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

Excalibur Touch Chess (2001)

Excalibur Touch Chess (2001)

Protective Pouch

Excalibur Touch Chess (2001) Protective Pouch

Model: 404

Excalibur Touch Chess (2001) Model: 404

User Manual

Excalibur Touch Chess (2001) User Manual

LCD Touch Screen!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur

Ron Nelson

Year:

4/24/2001

Manufacturer ELO

1800 USCF

Original Price

$99.00

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

404

My Serial #:

TC004141

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

SAMSUNG SAM47 S3C72F5

4 Bit Single Chip

1.5 MHz

16 KB

272 Byte (544 x 4 Bit)

Battery Operated:

LR 44 x 3

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD Dot Matrix

Board Type:

Touch Sensory Electronic Screen

Board Size:

1.7/8” x 1.7/8”

Overall Size:

3” x 5” x 1/2”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Touch Screen

Touch Screen

73

3,000 Positions

 Game

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Mate-in-3

Yes / No

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

30

Tournament Level:

72

Infinite Level:

73

Game Information

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