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Re:Phantom Force Chess Computer Excalibur
« on: April 28, 2008, 03:48PM »
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The chessmen are small for sure.  I have one.  It has several levels but at the highest level under one style I opened with E2-E4 and it took 80 minutes to make it's move.  Same with next move...  So to play it's strong self it takes forever.  It is a nice piece in general if size of the board doesn't stop you.

On the side, does anyone no where I might find a white pawn for a mirage robotic?
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Re:Phantom Force Chess Computer Excalibur
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 03:04AM »
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About Phantom Force ...



The only negative points I heard on this board about it were
  • It doesn't play very strong
  • The chessmen are rather small

As to the first point, the program is probably not much different from the Talking Touch Chess shown below:

Talking Touch Chess (aka Chessica)

The program is not a champion, but quite a few members of this board (including me) cannot beat it in a match at full strength.

If you want to see a few games it played and you have Java on your computer, you can click here. You'll see it has no trouble beating Fritz-one-ply. But by Fritz-five-ply it's swept off the board more or less like a child.

As to the small size of the chessmen, the whole computer is rather small (smaller than for instance its predecessors like Milton), so the chessman are not extremely small, like say, Novag's Opal, which are really too small for comfort.

Excalibur has clearly tried to make the friction between the board and the chessmen as small as possible by
  • providing small and light chessmen
  • making the board surface very smooth
  • making the bottom surface of the chessmen very smooth
They have done a good job, so very little energy is needed to move the pieces around.

But generally Excalibur's chess computers are not very sturdy. So I wonder if the computer will still function after a thousand games ...

With best regards,

tom
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Phantom Force Chess Computer Excalibur
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2008, 04:45PM »
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Hi Everyone:

    I was thinking about getting one of these.  Has anyone heard of anything negative about them?  They looked pretty cool in Chess Life.

                                                        Jon
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