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About Microgear Model EC14421 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers (2004) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

ABOUT MICROGEAR 2-IN-1 CHESS & CHECKERS

Slip it into your pocket and play anywhere! See your game develop on-screen and make moves at the touch of a stylus. The extended range of player strengths makes this a great starting point for the beginners, yet will still offer a challenge to the most seasonal players with 73 Chess playing levels and 16 Checker levels from which to choose! Perfect for a chess and checker challenge in style and on the go!

 

MicroGear 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers - Picture taken from box.

MicroGear 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers - Picture taken from box.

 

MAIN MICROGEAR 2-IN-1 CHESS & CHECKERS GAME CHARACTERISTICS

 

          • Chess and Checker included
          • 1 or 2 Players
          • Great for beginners and challenge the most seasoned players
          • Multiple advanced training features
          • Automatic power down features
          • Large LCD Screen
          • Powerful Opponent and No Board to Setup!
          • User Selectable 16 Checker and 73 Chess Levels

 

Excerpts taken from the MicroGear 2-in-1 Electronic Chess & Checkers box

 

MORE ABOUT MICROGEAR 2-IN-1 CHESS & CHECKERS ELECTRONIC CHESS COMPUTER

Ron Nelson 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 and MicroGear.

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 on his 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. MicroGear 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers 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.

MicroGear 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers was sold to MicroGear by Excalibur. Excalibur contracted the manufacturing to Cybertronics (Expert) in the Shenzen Province of China.

The chess program is Ron Nelson's Version 3.8 24K 4 Bit program which comprised of his 16K 4 Bit chess program plus 8K additional programming. Part of this additional 8K programming was to create a Universal I/O to allow easier adaptation to other chips used in other Excalibur chess computer models.

 

Information on Microgear Model EC14421 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers (2004) Electronic Travel Chess Computer
Microgear Model EC14421 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers (2004) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Technical Specification

MicroGear 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers (2004)

Microgear Model EC14421 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers (2004) Box
Microgear Model EC14421 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers (2004) LCD Chessboard
Microgear Model EC14421 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers (2004) User Manual

Box

LCD Chessboard

User Manual

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

MicroGear/Ecoman Corporation

Ron Nelson

1700 USCF

4/28/2004

$49.95

Not Available

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

EC14421

My Serial #:

Not Available

Processor OEM

Samsung

Processor:

SAM47 S3C72P9

Speed:

Type:

4 Bit

1.5 MHz

ROM:

32 KB

RAM:

1056 Byte x 4 Bit

Battery Type:

3 x AA

Power Adapter:

Not Available

Display:

LCD Dot Matrix

Board Type:

LCD Chess Board

Overall Size:

Board Size:

2x2 in

5.7/8x3.7/8x1 in

Options Select:

Button Select

Play Levels:

73

Opening Book:

34 Book Opening

Take Back:

26 Half Moves

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

Available

Solve Mate:

Mate in 3

Save Game:

Available

Ponder:

Not Available

Search Depth:

Not Known

Provide Hint:

Available

Teach Mode:

Available

Change Sides:

Available

Active Level:

TM Level:

72 (129 seconds)

Infinite Level:

73

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CCR 88

CCNS 87

Ply 88

FIDE

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Class C Level Electronic Travel Chess Computer!

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