ABOUT RADIOSHACK TALKING E-CHESS VERSION II MODEL 60-2846 ELECTRONIC TRAVEL CHESS
TALKING E-CHESS Electronic Talking Chess With Teaching Mode
Talking e-chess is fun for beginners and challenging for experts. Endorsed by the official World Chess Hall of Fame, Talking e-chess is a powerful chess-playing computer featuring 136 levels of play for all -- from novice to tournament veteran. Beginners can use its Teaching Mode several fun ways to learn the basics. Intermediate players can improve their strategy and tactics to get better quickly. Even experts will be challenged and stay sharp between tournament games by practicing with Talking e-chess. Powerful programming has an estimated playing strength of 1700 - serious competition capable of beating 95% of all players!
This TALKING E-CHESS Model 60-2846 seems to be identical to Radioshack’s other TALKING E-CHESS Model 60-2709. The difference seems to be that 60-2846 has the Radioshack logo at the front of the computer and Excalibur is no longer referenced.
RADIOSHACK TALKING E-CHESS VERSION II Electronic Chess Computer - picture taken from computer.
MAIN RADIOSHACK TALKING E-CHESS VERSION II MODEL 60-2846 GAME CHARACTERISTICS
Excerpts taken from the TALKING E-CHESS VERSION II user manual.
Ron Nelson reported that by the time Excalibur Talking e-Chess was conceived, the H8 ROM’s were being phased out of production, therefore Excalibur Talking e-Chess was developed around the SPLB191A processor from the manufacturer Sunplus. This created its own unique set of problems as Ron 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 SPLB191A with its own unique play behavior.
Excalibur Talking e-Chess Model 410V was manufactured for Excalibur Electronics by Cybertronics (Expert) in the Shenzen Province of China. Radio Shack distributed Talking e-Chess through their 4000+ stores as Radio Shack Model # 60-2846