THE FINAL CHESSCARD created by TASC B. V. and written by Mark Derksen came out in 1989 as an ISA Card for PC’s and as a Cartridge for the Commodore 64/128, which could be inserted into the Commodore’s Cartridge Slot. The version shown here is for the Commodore 64/128.
The software and hardware used to play the game all resided on the Card, which allowed it to load instantly upon switching on your Commodore 64. This also made the program stronger then all the chess software available for a Commodore 64/128 since these were limited to the speed of the Computer of 0.985 MHz for a PAL (Europe) version and 1.022 MHz for a NTSC (U. S. A.) version.
THE FINAL CHESSCARD ran at 5 MHz making the CPU 5 times as fast as a normal Commodore 64/128.
The Game Software is graphically represented on a TV or a Monitor attached to the Commodore 64/128. The game is loaded with features and game settings and also has a good Opening Book. You could even create your own custom Opening Books and load them into the game.
The strong chess program as well as the great graphical chess interface made THE FINAL CHESSCARD easily the best chess game available for a Commodore 64/128.
Because THE FINAL CHESSCARD runs independently, and does not use a Computer’s Processor, it is classified as a Dedicated Chess Computer. Purists however will often debate this since THE FINAL CHESSCARD does not use its own dedicated electronic chess board and relies on a graphical chess board interface from your Commodore 64/128.