ALEXANDRA THE GREAT TALKING CHESS COMPUTER.......”Hello, I am Alexandra”
Alexandra Kosteniuk has already assembled an impressive chess resume. At only 13, Alexandra became the world’s youngest Women’s International Master. At 14 she became the youngest woman Grandmaster ever and won the silver medal in the Chess Olympiad. By age 17, she had won two European titles and three World Girls Championships! Now Alexandra, together with Excalibur’s world class engineering team, brings you the best teaching chess computer ever!
Excerpts taken from the Excalibur Alexandra the Great box.
EXCALIBUR ALEXANDRA THE GREAT FEATURES:
BOOK OPENING TRAINER: Alexandra the Great makes it easy for you to learn the same openings that world chess champions play! At the beginning of a game, you may choose to learn from 32 popular book openings.
PIECE TRAINING: There are five special mini-games. The most famous and successful chess teachers in the world take their beginning students from the simple to the complex by having them play “mini games” of chess that concentrate on just one or more types of pieces. Even advanced players practice these basics, just as a concert pianist continues to practice the scales so they remain second nature. Like any great trainer, Alexandra will play you these special practice games.
RATINGS: To view your rating, press OPTIONS until “RATE” is displayed. Your current rating appears on the display. To have your rating change, you must complete a rated game on a tournament or sudden death level.
Excerpts taken from the Excalibur Alexandra the Great user manual.
Alexandra Kosteniuk - The Chess Goddess teenage prodigy.
MORE ABOUT ALEXANDRA THE GREAT ELECTRONIC CHESS COMPUTER
According to Ron Nelson, by the time Excalibur Alexandra was conceived, the H8 ROM’s were being phased out of production, therefore Excalibur Alexandra was developed around the SPLB32A processor from the manufacturer Sunplus. This created its own unique set of problems as 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 SPLB32A with its own unique play behavior.
Excalibur Alexandra the Great was contracted for manufacturing by Excalibur Electronics to the EWIG Industries Hong Kong Office in Kowloon which is a subsidiary of EWIG Industries Macao Commercial Offshore Limited in Macau whose electronic manufacturing factory is situated in the Guangdong Province of China.
The same SPLB32A processor was also used on Excalibur Ivan II the Conqueror.