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MOS Technology, a division of Commodore responsible for the MOS 6502 Micro Chip, developed the Commodore 64.  It was first shown to the public at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in January 1982 where its success was immediate.  

More than 30 Million Units were sold worldwide making it the highest selling Home Computer of its time.

The Commodore 64 was easy to operate, booting into its Basic Operating System upon system start. Software could be loaded from the Commodore C2N cassette player or from a Commodore 1541 Disc Drive using 5.1/4” Floppies.  A cartridge slot at the back of the unit enabled people who were impatient with the loading times of a cassette tape to plug in a cartridge and play a game instantly.

Even today this machine remains a favorite amongst game players and computer enthusiasts. There are many fan clubs for this machine throughout the Internet.

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Information

Commodore C64 (1982)

Commodore C64 (1982)

Box

Commodore C64 (1982) Box

QWERTY Keyboard

Commodore C64 (1982)  QWERTY Keyboard

User Manual

Commodore C64 (1982)  User Manual

The Personal Computer with Professional Power!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Type

Commodore Business Systems

Home Computer

Year:

1982

Built-in Language

Basic

Original Price

$595.00

Origin:

U.S.A

Model #:

C64

My Serial #:

P00705656

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

6510

8 Bit

1.023 Mhz (NTSC)

20 KB

64 KB

Co-Processors & I/O’s

I/O

Video

Sound

I/O

External Cassette Unit Interface

VIC 2

SID

External 5.1/2 Floppy Drive

I/O Port:

RGB

I/O Port:

Cartridge Slot

I/O Port:

TV RF Output

Graphic Modes

Colors

320x200

Text Mode:

40 Columns

25 Lines

16 + 16 Border Colors

Sound

Ports

Joystick / Mouse Ports

Power Supply

3 Voices, 9 Octaves, 4 Waveforms

Sound output through TV Monitor

Serial, User Port

2

External PSU

Peripherals

External Cassette Unit

5.1/4” Floppy Disc Drive

Commodore C64 (1982) External Cassette Unit

Commodore C64 (1982) 5.1/4" Floppy Disc Drive

C64/C128 Chess Software

1988

1983

1984

1985

1986

Battle Chess

Chess 7.0

Chess 7.5

Chess Champion

The Chessmaster 2000

Commodore 64/128 Battle Chess (1988)

Commodore 64/128  Chess 7.0 (1983)

Commodore 64/128  "How About a Game of Chess, Chess 7.5 (1984)

Commodore 64/128 Chess Champion (1985)

Commodore 64/128 The Chessmaster 2000 (1986)

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

1984

1985

1986

1989

1988

Colossus Chess 2.0

Colossus Chess 4.0

Cyrus II

Falken Schach

Fidelity Chessmaster 2100

Commodore 64/128 Colossus Chess 2.0 (1984)

Commodore 64/128 Colossus Chess 4.0 (1985)

Commodore 64/128 Cyrus II (1986)

Commodore 64/128 Falken Schach DAs Komplette Schach Programm (1989)

Commodore 64/128 Fidelity Chessmaster 2100 (1988)

Game Cassette

Game Cassette

Game Cassette

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

1982

1987

1984

1983

1984

Grandmaster Chess

Masterchess

Mychess II

Sargon II

Sargon III

Commodore 64/128 Grandmaster Chess (1982)

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987)

Commodore 64/128 Mychess II (1984)

Commodore 64/128 Sargon II (1983)

Commodore 64/128 Sargon III (1984)

Game Cassette

Cassette & 5.1/4” Floppy Disk

Cassette & 5.1/4” Floppy Disk

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

C64/C128 Emulators

There are several Commodore 64 Emulators available on the internet. Below is information about Vice for Windows version 2.1 that works well and can be used to try out some of the software that was available for the machine. The chess software that was available is also shown under this section. You might want to try out the emulator and at the same time play a game with some of the listed chess software.

WinVice v. 2.1

WinVice version 2.1 for Commodore 64/128

Emulator

C64TPC

C64TPC is a nice Utility tool that allows you to connect your PC to a Commodore 64/128 and load D64 and PRG Files directly to your Commodore 64/128. Instead of using an Emulator you can play with your Commodore 64 or 128. Click on the Icon below for details on C64TPC and also on the Chess Software that works with this Utility.

C64TPC

C64TPC for Commodore 64/128  File Transfer Utility

File Transfer Utility

Chess Cartridge

Did you know that there was also a Game Cartridge available for the Commodore 64/128, dedicated exclusively to chess?

1989

THE FINAL CHESSCARD

TTASC B.V. The Final Chess Card for Commodore 64/128 (1989)

Game Cartridge

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