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Listed below are chess computer links from all over the world. Every one of these sites is unique and full of interesting content about dedicated chess computers. If you like chess computers then you should visit all these sites and also make sure that you have them all linked as favorites in your browser.

If you would like to add your site then please e-mail:

nick@spacious-mind.com 

Links

Schachcomputer.info - Wiki

Schachcomputer.info - Wiki

Wiki at Schachcomputer.info is the largest resource for dedicated chess computers available on the internet. The site was created by Micha, the Chessguru as a commercially free central library for everything and anything to do with our hobby and is continuously updated by the members with new topics and information. Like all Wikipedia type encyclopedic sites, anyone who is interested in contributing by sharing their knowledge and experience can do so by registering. Though predominately in German, a lot of effort has been made recently to add english content. It is hoped through the efforts of existing members and new members that someday this site will become a truly multi-lingual and multinational site where knowledge can be freely shared with anyone in the world who has an interest in dedicated chess computers.

Languages:

German - English - French

Type of Site

Encyclopedia

Schachcomputer.info

Schachcomputer.info

Schachcomputer.Info is another site run by Micha, the Chessguru who continuously updates this site with new tournaments, ELO lists and lots of other content. The Forum at schachcomputer.info is one of the largest if not the largest for dedicated chess computers with literally thousands of topics and discussions about chess computers. Although mainly in German, the pictures, statistics and games that are shown helps to make it quite easy for international visitors to follow and understand the topics. A big effort has been made to add English content wherever possible.  Schachcomputer.info Forum membership has grown considerably in recent years with members from all over the world. Most of the members speak very good English therefore posting a topic in English is not a problem. You will be heard and warmly welcomed with the highest courtesy and respect by all the knowledgeable members of this Forum.

Languages:

German - English

Type of Site

Forum

Website

Chess Computer UK

Chess Computer UK

Mike who runs this site, lives in England. He is a lifetime supporter of Queens Park Rangers Football Club. But we should not hold this against him :) He also happens to have a huge collection of chess computers, many of which are very rare and hard to find. His knowledge on chess computers goes back to the beginning of time and his web site is an outlet for sharing his great experiences with the rest of us. This site needs to be visited continuously in order to follow all the new additions to the content. Mike keeps an up to date timeline for all chess computers that were ever made. His report on the manufacturer SciSys is the most thorough and complete report available.

Languages:

English

Type of Site

Website

NeoChess

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You have got to hand it to the French, they certainly know how to make their Web Sites look artistic. This is a beautifully designed new site created by Yano. His collection is shown here with some really nice photos as well as some interesting information about the cost of computers purchased in France. He also has a great Tournament section where the games and results of his dedicated Chess Computer Tournaments are displayed.  Be sure to keep visiting this site because Yano is constantly adding new items.

Languages:

French

Type of Site

Website

Great-Game Machine Workshop

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Is your MGS overheating, or your power switch failing on your GGM? Has the ROM chip failed on your Steinitz Module? Did you feel limited with a non-upgradable Encore? Well, worry no longer. Steve, the GGM Engineer is here with his bag of tools and no electronic repair / upgrade is too difficult !! Have you ever wondered how the Destiny Mega-4 would have played like? Well I was curious and I upgraded one of my failing GGM’s to a Destiny Mega-4 and wow what a tune up! Highly recommended resource for all Chafitz / Applied Concepts connoisseurs!

Languages:

English

Type of Site

Website

ChessComputer.org

ChessComputer.org

This English speaking site is run by Ismenio. The excellent Forum at ChessComputer.org is long established and here you will find some very knowledgeable and friendly people who are always willing to answer any questions you may have on dedicated chess computers. Searching through the archives for information will keep you busy for days. In other areas of the site you will see Ismenio’s chess computer collection and information on many of the manufacturers. Ismenio also recently published a DVD on the history of dedicated chess computers that has several interviews with people who share their knowledge of the past. This DVD is definately worth getting.

Languages:

English

Type of Site

Forum

Website

The Overtom Chess Computer Museum

The Overtom Chess Computer Museum

There are few words that can adequately describe the love and dedication that oozes from everything that you read and see in Tom’s brilliant site. The personal chess computer collection shown here is easily the largest personal collection shown on the internet. Lot’s of detail, game examples and beautiful photographs perfectly describe Tom’s collection. His many Blogs besides chess computers, also cover various topics and observations from life. They are written with so much humor and lightheartedness that you will want to keep returning for more reading.

Languages:

Dutch - English

Type of Site

Website

Zanchetta.net

Zanchetta.net

Another excellent site this time from France is Zanchetta.net hosted by Alain. This is another site that you will be returning to time and time again to read about or replay the games from the Paris-Saints tournament that Alain hosts every year or to search for a user manual that you need for your chess computer. Alain keeps the largest collection of user manuals from most manufacturers at his site. You might even look at the videos taken from computers in Steve Blincoe’s rare collection. There is so much to look at in Zanchetta.net. Alain is also a technical wizard which you will soon find out for yourself when you pay him a visit.

Languages:

French - English

Type of Site

Website

Hiarcs Chess Forums

Hiarcs Chess Forums

This is a free non commercial Forum run by Hiarcs who are very famous in chess circles for their excellent Hiarcs commercial chess programs.  The Forum has a very large section for dedicated chess computers and you will find here an enormous amount of interesting topics and discussions about our hobby written by Steve Blincoe.  Steve who has one of the largest and perhaps the rarest collection in the world is extremely knowledgeable about dedicated chess computers and he is always willing to answer any questions that you might have. His reports on rare chess computers are a great read. He continuously keeps the Forum flooded with the latest information. His reports are very well written, often with a lot of humor and lightheartedness. You can always sense in his writings, the great knowledge and love that he has for this hobby. If you ask Steve nicely, he may even let you have a peek at the photographs of his ultra rare collection which he keeps at flickr.

Languages:

English - German - French - Spanish

Type of Site

Forum

My Chess Computers

My Chess Computers

This wonderful French site is the brainchild of fellow enthusiast Jean-Bernard. JB likes to play and report on the results of test games that he plays himself against chess computers. He continuously adds new computers that he sells from his collection to the site. Therefore this is always a very good place to look and see what new items he has to sell. His test reports are well written and often you can learn something new about a machine tested that you were previously unaware of which keeps you going back to the site for more.

Languages:

French - English

Type of Site

Website

Elpeon

Elpeon

This site is run by Jose. Jose loves chess computers and just loves to statistically track the whereabouts of chess computers across the world. This site is a superb database for all of the harder to find and more expensive chess computers sold on Ebay. If you want to have an indication of the value of your chess computer then you need to visit this site. It keeps excellent records and the site although written in German is very easy to navigate and understand. The work involved in keeping this important site up to date is monumental.

Languages:

German

Type of Site

Website

Meca

Meca

Meca is the largest Spanish Web Site and Forum for dedicated chess computers. Luis has created a great looking site which is extremely eye pleasing and very well written. The large Forum at Meca reports on many topics regarding chess computers. Particularly interesting are the Human versus Computer reports that detail the results of matches played by humans against dedicated chess computers. There are also lots and lots of computer tests reported in this Forum which are all highly interesting. An excellent site.

Languages:

Spanish - English

Type of Site

Forum

Website

Tradechess

Tradechess

Tradechess is a new site for dedicated chess computers from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The design is very nice and it will be very interesting to see how this site matures. It is great to see that our hobby is active and alive in South America. Keep them coming!

Languages:

English

Type of Site

Website

Schachcomputerwelt

Schachcomputerwelt

Excellent site from Thorsten that has the look and feel of reading a Sunday morning newspaper while you are sipping a coffee and relaxing in a chair. Chess computers is a lifetime hobby and dedication for Thorsten who is extremely knowledgeable and can be considered an expert in this field. If you can read German, then you will be in for a treat if you visit his site. If you only speak English, then don’t despair! Thorsten speaks fluent English and has his own Forum where you can ask him about chess computers and also follow his many tests and tournaments.

Languages:

German

Type of Site

Forum

Website

Phoenix Chess Systems

Phoenix Chess Systems

This is the home page for the world’s strongest dedicated chess computers Resurrection and Revelation both created by Dutchman Ruud Martin the owner of this site. Ruud is unique in this day and age as he is the only person still actively trying to provide us with dedicated chess computers that play at Grandmaster strength. The site is nicely designed and his product portfolio is incredibly good both in playing strength and design. If you are a top chess player and you don’t own a either a Phoenix Chess Systems Resurrection or Revelation, then you are missing out on a top level playing partner.

Languages:

English

Type of Site

Website

Schaakcomputer database van Hein Veldhuis

Schaakcomputer database van Hein Veldhuis

Finally Hein Veldhuis’s lifetime collection is being shown for the first time on the internet. Hein is reputed to have the world’s largest collection of dedicated chess computer literature and memorabilia. He is being presented here by fellow Dutchman Luuk Hofman. This site is a work-in-progress but needs to be followed very closely.

Languages:

Dutch

Type of Site

Website

Blitzchess

Blitzchess

Blitzchess is a beautifully designed French site from Eric Belot. The photographs and design wonderfully represent the chess computers that are shown from his collection. The site is rapidly growing in content and should be followed closely. This is a nice new addition to our “must visit” chess computer sites list.

Languages:

French

Type of Site

Website

Schaakcomputers.nl

Schaakcomputers.nl

Luk Hofman again. This time a site that will show his own collection of dedicated chess computers and experiences. The design is very beautiful. As the site grows in content, this will surely become one of the best sites to visit on the internet.

Languages:

Dutch

Type of Site

Website

Schachboerse.de

Schachboerse.de

Steffen runs this chess computer trading and swap site in Germany. Here you can list a computer for sale with the asking price that you want. You can also look at other chess computers that are offered for sale or swap. Steffen runs this site free of charge and will provide you the contact information if you find what you are looking for. This is another nicely designed site which although only in German is easy to follow. Steffen speaks very good English and therefore you should experience no problems when you contact him.

Languages:

German

Type of Site

Website

CSVN Supplement Site

CSVN Supplement Site

There are loads of tournaments as well as historical information provided at this site. Mainly in Dutch there is some English in places. This web site needs to be visited regularly so that you can stay in touch with all the dedicated chess computer tournaments that are held in Holland which is one of the world’s hot spots for our hobby.

Languages:

Dutch - English

Type of Site

Website

Boris is King

Boris is King

This is possibly the most unique dedicated chess computer site of all. The whole site is designed and written around just three chess computers all named “Boris” which were manufactured by Chaftiz Inc/Applied Concepts Inc. This site is tastefully designed by Daniel who is a French Canadian living in Montreal. Everything that can possibly be written about “Boris” chess computers has been included in this highly detailed and original site.

Languages:

French - English

Type of Site

Website

Chaturanga.info

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A new German site which is created by Olaf. The layout and design is very impressive  The content is already very good and growing rapidly. This site needs to be followed closely in the coming months.

Languages:

German

Type of Site

Website

PDA - / Bretti-Turnier

PDA - / Bretti-Turnier

The idea came from Markus but it was Willi’s drive and determination that made this tournament between the best dedicated chess computers and pda’s happen. You can read all about the tournament and playback all the games at this site. Willi has now started a new mammoth correspondence tournament at Schachcomputer.info where each computer is allowed 24 hours to post it’s move. This has to be a first for dedicated chess computers! Hopefully he will soon add this tournament to his site for all of us to follow and enjoy.

Languages:

German

Type of Site

Website

Conclusion

Words cannot adequately do justice to the amount of time and hard work the creators of the above sites have put into these thousands of pages in order to share what they know and enjoy so much with all of us.

After spending a lot of time reviewing these fantastically unique and highly informative web sites, we can be absolutely assured that our hobby is alive and kicking and growing rapidly once again in popularity!

Dedicated Chess Computers are back!

But were they ever really gone? It just takes most of us sometimes a while to realize the really obvious which is that you cannot really beat the real pleasure of playing an opponent over a real chess board using real chess pieces!

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