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Mattel Electronics Computer Chess (1980)
MATTEL ELECTRONICS “COMPUTER CHESS”

MATTEL ELECTRONICS “COMPUTER CHESS”

Endorsed by Bruce Pandolfini - National Master & Renowned Authority.

Picture taken from a Mattel Electronics Computer Chess box.

”I knew Mattel Electronics Computer Chess” was a remarkable game. In fact, I was so confident it was one of the best electronic chess games, I encouraged Mattel Electronics to challenge their leading competitor Fidelity Electronics Sensory Chess Challenger’ “8”, to a match. And as it turned out, my expectations were well founded. In more than 100 games, Mattel Electronics’ Computer Chess beat Fidelity’s game 62% of the time (Games were played at highest regular game level for each).

“Computer Chess was programmed by International Chess Master Julio Kaplan, resulting in a game that plays more like a real person than a machine.

“It’s portable and pocket sized, and has no separate pieces to lose. Both the chessboard and the pieces are represented by a large easy-to-read liquid crystal display. And the game’s three playing modes provide a variety of game play for the newcomer as well as the experienced player.

“If chess is your game, I highly recommend you make your next move to Mattel Electronics Computer Chess. But don’t just take my word for it, compare for yourself. Once you do, I think you’ll choose Computer Chess. The game that checkmates the leading competitor.”

Excerpt taken from a “Mattel Computer Chess” Ad. witten in 1981 by U. S. National Master Bruce Pandolfini as endorsement to “Mattel Computer Chess”.

MATTEL ELECTRONICS “COMPUTER CHESS”  Picture taken from a Mattel Electronics Ad. 1981

MATTEL ELECTRONICS “COMPUTER CHESS”

Picture taken from a Mattel Electronics Ad. 1981

MATTEL ELECTRONICS COMPUTER CHESS

“Plays superb chess, offers unique features and is totally portable!”

“Computer chess is sophisticated enough for advanced tournament players and a great teaching aid for novices. Use it to practice when you’re traveling, or at home. The chessmen appear on the display making it conveniently portable. I recommend it for experienced chess players and beginners alike!”

                  Bruce Pandalfini
                  National Chess Master & Renowned Authority

“Chess at its most sophisticated. Challenging for the experts. Teaching aid for the novice!”

    • It’s completely portable. No separate pieces to lose. Moves are made electronically.
    • Liquid Crystal chessboard shows pieces indoors & out!
    • Choose the game to play. Play against the computer -- Watch the computer play against itself -- Or face off against another player!
    • Four skill levels take competition from novice to advanced tournament play!
    • Special feature sets up unlimited chess situations for practicing techniques!
    • Take back moves! Ask the computer for advice!
    • Save game in progress for future play!
    • 4 AA alkaline batteries = approximately 22 hours of use.
    • Practice strategy! Improve your playing ability!

Excerpt taken from a “Mattel Computer Chess” User Manual and Box.

“COMPUTER CHESS” Game Controls Picture taken from User Manual

“COMPUTER CHESS” Game Controls

Picture taken from User Manual

Information

Mattel Electronics Computer Chess (1980)

Mattel Electronics Computer Chess (1980)

Box

Mattel Electronics Computer Chess (1980) Box

Model: 1992 0320

Mattel Electronics Computer Chess (1980) Model: 1992 0320

User Manual

Mattel Electronics Computer Chess (1980) User Manual

First Chess Computer From “JULIO KAPLAN” !

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Mattel Electronics

Julio Kaplan

Year:

1980

Manufacturer ELO

?

Original Price

$129.95

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

1992 - 0320

My Serial #:

-

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Battery Operated:

4 x AA

Adapter Option:

9V DC (HGN 5004A)

Display Type:

LCD Display

Board Type:

LCD Chess Board

Board Size:

2.1/2 x 2.1/2”

Overall Size:

7.1/4” x 3.7/8” x 1.1/4”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Push Button Control

Push Button

4

N/A

3 Half Moves

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

No / No

N/A

Yes / No

No / No

Active Level:

3

Tournament Level:

4

Infinite Level:

N/A

Game Information

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Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

9

5

0

4

55.56

1333

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Tournaments & Matches

Active Chess (30 seconds per move)

2008/2010 - UNDER 1400 ELO CHESS COMPUTER CHAMPIONSHIP - GREEN SECTION - STAGE 1 GROUP N

TIME CONTROLS

YEAR

# OF CONTESTANTS

# OF GAMES PLAYED

FINAL PLACEMENT

START ELO

END ELO

STATUS

Active

2008/10

9

9

Ongoing

1100

1333

In Progress

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