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    General Category => Discussions about Chess Computers => Message started by: Overtom on December 13, 2008, 06:44AM
	

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Title: The ultimate in silly chess computers
Post by: Overtom on December 13, 2008, 06:44AM

Surfing the Internet I came across Overtom museum (http://www.uxcell.com/palmtop-touch-lcd-international-chess-game-champagne-p-5015.html]this page[/url]. The chess computer offered looked suspiciously much like Excalibur's [url=http://www.xs4all.nl/~tluif/chescom/EngTouchCh.html]Touch Chess[/url] and Novag's [url=http://www.xs4all.nl/~tluif/chescom/EngNovTouch.html]Touch[/url].

As it was a computer the [url=http://www.xs4all.nl/~tluif/chescom/Engintro.html) did not yet have, I ordered it, and this morning the postman delivered the parcel to my front door. The whole transaction had cost me 14 dollars (13.99, to be exact), which included shipping. Not really an amount to cause bankruptcy, not even in times when the credit crunch is increasingly being felt.

The first surprise was the fact that the computer did not work. Whatever buttons I pressed or parts of the screen that I touched, it failed to produce anything that looked like chess. I measured the batteries, which were OK. But after bending and cleaning the battery clamps, the machine started to display some kind of activity, but it's up to you to decide whether this can really be called chess.

The second surprise came when I tried to find the name of the computer. The caption on the box was Touch Chess, the manual called it e-Chess Express, the name on the front of the computer was LCD Chess on its back I found the name LCD Chess Express. Since the museum already had computers with all these names, I decided to stress the fact that it had so many names by dubbing it Hybrid Chess.

By the way, the box looks so much like the one which houses Excalibur Touch Chess that only a blind person can seriously deny the similarity 8)

to see the games.

Finally, if you're happen to have a nephew with an IQ of 50 or less, this may be the ideal Xmas present to give him ;D

With early merry Xmas regards,

tom


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Title: Re:The ultimate in silly chess computers
Post by: marko on December 13, 2008, 09:04AM

Tom,

Thanks for the information. You should post a review on the seller's web site to warn others. The web site states, "The chess is strong enough to beat over 99% of all players on its top level." What ever happened to truth in advertising?

Best regards,
Marko


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Title: Re:The ultimate in silly chess computers
Post by: Overtom on December 13, 2008, 11:05AM

Hi Marko,

on 1229187869, marko wrote:

Tom,

Thanks for the information. You should post a review on the seller's web site to warn others. The web site states, "The chess is strong enough to beat over 99% of all players on its top level." What ever happened to truth in advertising?

Best regards,
Marko

I suppose they not only imitate Excalibur's box, but also their advertisements. Excalibur's Touch Chess is a very pleasant chess computer to carry along.

This nameless imitation can without any exaggeration be called moronic, brainless, stupid, dumb, asinine, unintelligent, thick, imbecile, cretinous, idiotic, mindless, senseless or daft.

Still I think a warning seems not necessary: 14 dollars is not an amount to feel cheated about. Worse are computers like the one mentioned in this weblog (http://www.xs4all.nl/~tluif/weblog/05NOV08.html), where I paid fifty Euros and received nothing!! So beware of so-called trusted sites!!

Best regards,

tom


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Title: Re:The ultimate in silly chess computers
Post by: Mike Watters on December 14, 2008, 03:24PM

Tom

The model name according to the website is the Palmtop Touch LCD International Chess Game - Champagne. So you could fairly say it has five names. But for the Overtom Museum I think that it could be known, a little ironically, as the Champagne.

My prediction for 2009 is that Tom will find an even worse chess computer. :(

All the best
Mike



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