EXCALIBUR TALKING LCD CHESS
Congratulations on your purchase of Excalibur Electronics’ Talking 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! Talking and audio sounds add another dimension to your LCD Chess computer for increased enjoyment and play value.
Hear swords clang, horses gallop, men march, and drums beat!
Excalibur’s Talking LCD Chess is designed so that it can be held comfortably and used with one hand.
Your Excalibur Talking LCD Chess is packed with features! Each key has two labels. To activate the feature named below the key, just press the key. To enjoy the feature given above the key, first press MODE and then the key.
MAIN EXCALIBUR TALKING LCD CHESS GAME CHARACTERISTICS:
- Tournament Strength
- Threat Warning Indicator.
- Selectable Opening Lines of Play and Learning.
- Replays Historical Great Chess Games with Special Scoring.
- 32 Mate Problems for you to Solve.
- TEACH Mode for Beginner Players.
- Mate Trainer for Advanced Players.
- Autoplay to Watch Computer Play Both Sides.
- INFO Mode to See What Computer is “Thinking”.
BOOK OPENING TRAINER
Talking LCD Chess makes it easy for you to learn the same openings that world chess champions play! At the beginning of a game, you may choose to learn one of 32 popular book openings—ways to begin the game—used by chess masters. Press MODE, then OPTIONS, to display OPEN, and then press the right or left DIRECTION to select the number of the opening you want to learn. (See below.) Then press the CLEAR key to return to normal play.
Now play a move. If your move is not the correct opening move, an error buzz will sound. To learn the correct move press HINT. When the computer comes back with its move, you will briefly see the word OPEN on the screen if you have another opening move to make. If the word OPEN does not appear, you may continue normal play. You have completed the training for that opening line. The names of the openings are:
1. Ruy Lopez, Open Defense
2. Ruy Lopez, Zaitsev Defense
3. Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. Scotch Game
5. Scotch Four Knights
6. Giuoco Piano
7. Two Knights Defense
8. Four Knights
9. Petroff’s Defense
10. Sicilian Alapin Variation
11. Sicilian, Najdorf Variation
12. Sicilian, Dragon Variation
13. Sicilian, Keres Attack
14. Caro-Kann Defense
15. Panov-Botvinnik Attack
16. Caro-Kann Excahnge Variation
17. Queen’s Gambit Declined
18. Lasker Defense, Queen Gambit Declind
19. Queen Gambit Declined Exchange Var.
20. Slav Defense
21. Queen’s Gambit Accepted
22. Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical Var.
23. Nimzo-Indian Defense, Rubinstein Var.
24. Semi-Slav Defense
25. Queen’s Indian Defense
26. Queen’s Indian Defense, Petrosian Var.
27. Bogolubow Indian Defense
29. Gruenfeld Defense
30. King’s Indian Defense
31. Modern Benoni Defense
32. Benko Gambit
TrAIn: Select one of eight training positions. Positions with the Black king in the middle give you practice in checkmating the Black king.
SCOrE: Your display normally shows the number of the current move. If instead you want to see the piece-score of your current position, turn this option on. The scoring totals the following values: Pawns—1, Knights—3, Bishops—3, Rooks—5, and Queen—9.
InFO: When turned on, this option will display the score, depth of search (number of moves LCD Chess is "thinking ahead"), best move it is considering playing, and clock times. These will be displayed while the computer is thinking at its higher levels.
rATE: Turning this option ON will enable your rating to be updated if you select a tournament level type of a sudden death type level to play against. Turn this option off, when you want to practice on those levels. During a rated game the ‘O’ symbol will appear as a reminder. When the ‘O’ symbol is on, you will hear an “ARE YOU SURE” warning if you try to TAKEBACK mistakes, adding pieces in Setup mode, ask for a Hint, or try to start a NEW GAME before the game is completed. If the score is greater than 9.0, you can claim a victory with the NEW GAME key.
Excerpts taken from the Excalibur Talking LCD Chess” User Manual.