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About Excalibur Model 404-2 Touch Chess and Checkers (2003) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS & CHECKERS Electronic Travel Chess Computer -  picture taken from box

EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS & CHECKERS Electronic Travel Chess Computer -  picture taken from box

 

EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS AND CHECKERS MODEL 404-2 ELECTRONIC TRAVEL CHESS COMPUTER

World's first stylus-touch chess is as portable and as easy-to-use as the most popular PDAs! Just use the pull-out stylus to choose the piece and tap the square you want to move to! Play against the computer or use it as an on-the-go travel set. Compete against a partner or study games from books and newspapers. Offers teaching modes and rating functions, along with lots more features of larger table top models! You can even play over 16 of the greatest chess masterpieces of all time! Includes a protective carrying pouch.

 

EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS & CHECKERS Electronic Travel Chess Computer -  picture taken from box

EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS & CHECKERS Electronic Travel Chess Computer -  picture taken from box

 

MAIN EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS AND CHECKERS MODEL 404-2 GAME CHARACTERISTICS

      • Button Free Touch Screen.
      • Play anywhere -- no pieces to lose!.
      • Tournament-strength opponent is always ready for a game.
      • Choose from adjustable strength levels as you improve -- 73 in chess 16 in checkers.
      • Rates your play.
      • Offers HINT for coaching.
      • HELP mode shows beginners all legal moves.
      • Lightweight stylus in unit.

Excerpts taken from Excalibur Touch Chess and Checkers box.

 

Game features as shown on the back of the box. -  picture taken from box

Game features as shown on the back of the box. -  picture taken from box

 

MORE ABOUT EXCALIBUR TOUCH CHESS & CHECKERS ELECTRONIC TRAVEL CHESS COMPUTER

Ron Nelson spent 9 months developing a new 4 Bit chess program which became the foundation for many future Excalibur models as well as its continued use by Excalibur's successor EB Electronics. The first 4 Bit Model 375 Excalibur LCD Chess was launched in the year 2000. This program can also be found inside many chess computer models sold by other companies such as Radio Shack.

This 4 Bit program seems to be per Nelson's comments an even further slimmed down version of the original Nelson H8 program, compressed into this much smaller hardware and trimmed with many of the features of the original stronger H8 program removed in order to squeeze a workable chess program into the lesser ram space available on the 4 Bit hardware. This included removal of many of the more sophisticated chess routines used in stronger chess programs such as Nelson's Attack Bit Map Tables, much smaller opening books, removal of any pondering routines and excess search routines.

Nelson commented he had a great interest in developing a capable program suitable for any beginning or hobby chess player and thereby finding larger outlets of distribution for the Excalibur chess products. Excalibur Touch Chess & Checkers is a very playable and capable chess program ideal for most players was one of the many creations that followed as a result of this nine month period of new program development in 1999.

Excalibur Touch Chess & Checkers was manufactured for Excalibur Electronics by Kidstech Electronics Limited in Hong Kong.

 

Information on Excalibur Model 404-2 Touch Chess and Checkers (2003) Electronic Travel Chess Computer
Excalibur Model 404-2 Touch Chess and Checkers (2003) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Technical Specification

Excalibur Touch Chess & Checkers (2003)

Excalibur Model 404-2 Touch Chess and Checkers (2003) Box
Excalibur Model 404-2 Touch Chess and Checkers (2003) User Manual
Excalibur Model 404-2 Touch Chess and Checkers (2003) Protective Pouch

Box

User Manual

Protective Pouch

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

1800 USCF

6/2/2003

$99.95

Not Available

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

404-2

My Serial #:

TC213796

Processor OEM

Samsung

Processor:

SAM47 S3C72P9

Speed:

Type:

4 Bit

1.5 MHz

ROM:

16 KB

RAM:

544 Byte x 4 Bit

Battery Type:

3 x LR44 (AG13)

Power Adapter:

Not Available

Display:

LCD Dot Matrix

Board Type:

LCD Chess Board

Overall Size:

Board Size:

1.7/8x1.7/8 in

3x5x1/2 in

Options Select:

Button Select

Play Levels:

73

Opening Book:

3000 Half Moves

Take Back:

Complete Game

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

Available

Solve Mate:

Mate in 3

Save Game:

Available

Ponder:

Not Available

Search Depth:

Not Known

Provide Hint:

Available

Teach Mode:

Available

Change Sides:

Available

Active Level:

TM Level:

72

Infinite Level:

73

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Hardware Specification

Game Features

Matchplay & Test ELO Ratings

Computer Game Rating

Rating Test

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CCR

CCNS 2013

Ply

FIDE

USCF

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1485

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Class C Level Electronic Travel Chess Computer!

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