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Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2005)
EXCALIBUR LCD CHESS EXPRESS

EXCALIBUR LCD CHESS EXPRESS

Picture taken from Excalibur LCD Chess Express box.

EXCALIBUR LCD CHESS EXPRESS

Congratulations on your purchase of Excalibur Electronics’ LCD Chess! You’ve purchased both your own personal chess trainer and a partner who’s always ready for a game -- and who can improve as you do!

MAIN EXCALIBUR LCD CHESS EXPRESS GAME CHARACTERISTICS:

    • Voice announcement of “check” and “checkmate”.
    • 136 Levels including Beginner and Tournament play.
    • HINT key for learning.
    • 8 special training positions.
    • UNDO key takes back mistakes.
    • Book move opening trainer.
    • Displays all legal moves of selected piece.
    • Setup chess problems.
    • INFO mode to “Watch” the computer think.
    • OFF key saves game in memory.

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur LCD Chess Express” User Manual.

EXCALIBUR LCD CHESS EXPRESS

EXCALIBUR LCD CHESS EXPRESS

Picture taken from Excalibur LCD Chess Express box.

Excalibur produced Einstein Chess Wizard, during its last year of operation, prior to bankruptcy and sale of their business to EB Electronics in July, 2009. The chess program was originally created at around the time when the H8 ROM’s were being phased out of production and is loosely based around a program originally used with Excalibur Mirage, Ivan, Grandmaster and Igor.

Initially the program was developed towards the end of 2002 for the 65C02 SPLB32A processor from the manufacturer Sunplus, which had more available ROM to allow for the incorporation of speech and sound effects in programs such as Excalibur II Ivan the Terrible, Excalibur Alexandra and Excalibur Deluxe Talking Touch Chess.

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 65C02 SPLB36A1 with its own unique play behavior. 

Excalibur Chess Express has no speech or sound effects and utilizes a later 8-bit CMOS processor manufactured by GeneralPlus

Excalibur Chess Express was manufactured for Excalibur Electronics by Wide Concepts Limited, Hong Kong.

Wide Concepts Limited established in 1998, specializes in developing and producing various kinds of electronic handheld games, electronic educational games and gift and premium items whose manufacturing likely occurs in China.

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Information
Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2006)

Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2005)

Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2005)

Box

Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2005) Box

Model 375X

Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2005) Model 375X

User Manual

Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2005) User Manual

Challenge your Mind to a Game of Chess!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

Year:

6/3/2005

Manufacturer ELO

1800

Original Price

$59.95

Wiki ELO:

N/A

Model #:

375X-JC

My Serial #:

N/A

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

SUNPLUS 65C02 SPLB33A

8 Bit Single Chip

4 MHz

64 KB

1216 Bytes

Battery Operated:

2 x AAA

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

LCD Display

Board Type:

LCD Chessboard

Board Size:

2” x 2”

Overall Size:

3.1/4” x 5.1/8” x 1”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Push Buttons

Push Buttons

136

3000 Poitions

Yes

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Mate in 8

Yes / No

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

F:H0:30

Tournament Level:

40 T:H2:00

Infinite Level:

F:Hi:nF

Game Information

Schachcomputer.Info

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