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K Hoffman
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Re:Self moving pieces set
« on: December 22, 2008, 07:13PM »
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Quote from: Supersaint on November 26, 2008, 03:36PM   

When I was young I remember seeing a chess set where the pieces moved by themselves, especially noticable when a piece had been taken and was moving off the board.
Can anyone tell me if that set is still available and where I might get it from.

Thanks for your help
Chris

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The Excalibur Phantom
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And I just got lucky and picked up a Chesster Eyeball for $250.00!!! USD

Someday I hope to afford an Novag Robot Adversary.. which I got to play a few times back in the 80's much more elegant than the current one.. which I may get too.
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Re:Self moving pieces set
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008, 03:17AM »
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Hello Chris

Further to marko's reply this is what these chess computers look like.

First the Milton Bradley, which came in Grandmaster, Milton or Phantom versions (all identical apart from the name)



and then the Fidelity. The Phantom (model 6100) is by far the most common, the Phantom Chesster (6124) which has a talking feature is very rare, and the Phantom Chesster 'Eyeball' (6126) which has the talk feature and a movement sensor which together provides an attract mode. This one is also fairly rare.



This German website will give you an idea of the prices these machines have cost on eBay (prices in Euros) -

http://www.elpeon.com/index.php

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Mike
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Re:Self moving pieces set
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008, 05:16PM »
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Quote from: Supersaint on November 26, 2008, 03:36PM   

When I was young I remember seeing a chess set where the pieces moved by themselves, especially noticable when a piece had been taken and was moving off the board.
Can anyone tell me if that set is still available and where I might get it from.

Thanks for your help
Chris


Hello Chris,

There are many 'robotic' chess computers. Some early ones include the Phantom Chess Challenger Model 6100 by Fidelity and the Milton Bradley Phantom Chess Computer. You can find some of the early units on eBay but they are quite expensive. Novag and Excalibur sell current robotic units that are more reasonably priced.

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Marko
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Self moving pieces set
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2008, 03:36PM »
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When I was young I remember seeing a chess set where the pieces moved by themselves, especially noticable when a piece had been taken and was moving off the board.
Can anyone tell me if that set is still available and where I might get it from.

Thanks for your help
Chris
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