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

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!

      • 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 (back and front).

Probably manufactured by Excalibur Electronics China Factory. RadioShack also sold this game as Model # 60-2725.

 NOTE: The information about “the touch of a stylus” is WRONG! This chess computer does not have a Touch Screen.

“MicroGear 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers” Features Picture taken from Box (front)

“MicroGear 2-in-1 Chess & Checkers” Features Picture taken from Box (front)

Ron Nelson reported that in 1999 he spent 9 months in 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 & 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.

For reading of Ron Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

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

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

Box

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

LCD Display

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

User Manual

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

Use “FAST” for selective play!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer/Supplier

Programmer

MicroGear (Ecoman Corporation)

Ron Nelson

Year:

4/28/2004

Manufacturer ELO

N/A

Original Price

$14.99

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

EC14421

My Serial #:

N/A

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

SAMSUNG SAM47 S3C72P9

4 Bit Single Chip

1.5 MHz

32 KB ROM (16K + 8K Program)

528 Byte (1056 x 4 Bit)

Battery Operated:

3 x AA

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD Display

Board Type:

LCD Chessboard

Board Size:

2” x 2”

Overall Size:

5.1/2” x 3.7/8” x 1”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Push Button Move Entry

Push Button Controls

73

Yes.

Yes

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:

25

Tournament Level:

72

Infinite Level:

73

Game Information

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