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    General Category => Discussions about Chess Computers => Message started by: Dick Schneiders on July 28, 2005, 06:15AM
	

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Title: I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: Dick Schneiders on July 28, 2005, 06:15AM

After all of the positive reports on this tournament sized chess computer, I finally found one that was inexpensive enough for me to buy.

I won an Excalibur GrandMaster on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $49. It is used, but only slightly, and comes with the box.

Now if we can just find some decent quality wooden pieces to use with it.

By the way, I will be on a trip from Friday, the 29th, until August 8. I don't know if I will have Internet access during that time.

Dick Schneiders


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Title: Re:I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: Mike Watters on July 28, 2005, 07:36AM

I saw that one Dick and thought it was a bargain.

The plastic pieces are similar to the ones that were used in chess tournaments for club players over here. Probably still are. They are OK and would definitely go best with the board. I couldn't imagine anyone using wooden pieces with it. :o

The Excalibur Grandmaster is the only chess computer board I have that bends when you pick it up. I decided that the safest place for it is in its box, to avoid the possibility of it cracking or melting. ;D

You will appreciate your nice wooden boards even more when it arrives.

All the best
Mike


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Title: Re:I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: Robert Weck on July 28, 2005, 08:14AM

[quote author=Mike Watters link=board=1;threadid=395;start=0#msg3054 date=1122561394]
The plastic pieces are similar to the ones that were used in chess tournaments for club players over here. Probably still are. They are OK and would definitely go best with the board. I couldn't imagine anyone using wooden pieces with it. :o
[/quote]
Me too! If the original pieces only were a little bit more slim!! They are much too fat! ;D (at least the pawns!)


Robert


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Title: Re:I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: Dick Schneiders on July 28, 2005, 08:57AM

[quote author=Mike Watters link=board=1;threadid=395;start=0#msg3054 date=1122561394]
I saw that one Dick and thought it was a bargain.

The plastic pieces are similar to the ones that were used in chess tournaments for club players over here. Probably still are. They are OK and would definitely go best with the board. I couldn't imagine anyone using wooden pieces with it. :o

The Excalibur Grandmaster is the only chess computer board I have that bends when you pick it up. I decided that the safest place for it is in its box, to avoid the possibility of it cracking or melting. ;D

You will appreciate your nice wooden boards even more when it arrives.

All the best
Mike
[/quote]

Mike,

Based on that description, I wonder why I even bought one. In the over 100 degree F. heat here, it might bend in half. ;D

I have never seen a real one of these, but this doesn't surprise me. Every Excalibur I have ever had the pleasure of using has always seemed rather shabbily built.

That is the main reason I waited so long to get one of the GM's.

Dick Schneiders


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Title: Re:I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: Mike Watters on July 28, 2005, 11:10AM

[quote]Mike,

Based on that description, I wonder why I even bought one. In the over 100 degree F. heat here, it might bend in half. ;D

I have never seen a real one of these, but this doesn't surprise me. Every Excalibur I have ever had the pleasure of using has always seemed rather shabbily built.

That is the main reason I waited so long to get one of the GM's.

Dick Schneiders
[/quote]Dick

You did well to resist so long. I bought mine over a year ago for $125 + shipping. It is hard to avoid them, being just about the only tournament sized chess computer still being sold. Plus a constant stream of them on Ebay whispering "buy me". They are tacky but cracking value for what they do and the strength of play. You will be alright if you can find a nice cool place for it. ;D

Mike


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Title: Re:I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: PaulM on July 28, 2005, 11:25AM

Speaking of the Excalibur GM, why are there so many on eBay, and for such a reduced price? Is there something wrong with them? I did read that the 2200(USCF0 rating is inflated by about 350-400 points. But is there another problem? Thanks.


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Title: Re:I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: Mike Watters on July 28, 2005, 12:00PM

[quote author=PaulM link=board=1;threadid=395;start=0#msg3067 date=1122575135]
Speaking of the Excalibur GM, why are there so many on eBay, and for such a reduced price? Is there something wrong with them? I did read that the 2200(USCF0 rating is inflated by about 350-400 points. But is there another problem? Thanks.
[/quote]PaulM

I do not know why there are so many heavily discounted on Ebay but this has been the case for at least the two years I have been watching.

Eric Hallsworth (Selective Search magazine) has the Excalibur Grandmaster at 1780 Elo.
The schachcomputer.info community list has it at 1850 Elo

http://www.schach-computer.info/wiki/index.php/Wiki-Elo-Liste

Mike


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Title: Re:I finally purchased an Excalibur GM
Post by: Ismenio on July 28, 2005, 06:51PM

[quote author=PaulM link=board=1;threadid=395;start=0#msg3067 date=1122575135]
Speaking of the Excalibur GM, why are there so many on eBay, and for such a reduced price? Is there something wrong with them? I did read that the 2200(USCF0 rating is inflated by about 350-400 points. But is there another problem? Thanks.
[/quote]

Paul, the one I have is the 2nd one I bought. The first one had a problem with one of the reed switches but I haven't heard other people complaining about that. My theory about the price is that dedicated chess computers, in general, are not big sellers, so the sellers are basically having to flush out their stocks and competition is driving that I think.

I bought mine and another one for a member here who lives outside the US and even though it was from eBay, from a seller there, both packages came directly from Excalibur, in Florida even with the packaging slip from the factory. Just a theory though.

I think for the current price and features it's a great machine!

Ismenio



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