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Re:Chess King - Handheld - any info?
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2005, 05:24AM »
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Quote from: Dick Schneiders on April 21, 2005, 04:58AM   


You ought to consider doing what Ismenio does - have some videos of your computers on your web site.  It would be quite interesting to have a video of this "bang", as you put it, for all to see and admire. 

Dick Schneiders


Well, to be honest, the bang was not as spectucalar as the term may suggest - more a bang when my feelings of bliss were suddenly shattered - after all, I'd had the computer in the house for no longer than ten minutes. So apart from the fact that my website is approaching the 50MB limit that my ISP has imposed, it wouldn't be the spectacular kind of stuff as can be admired at Ismenio's.

But I mention such events as part of the computer's description at my site because I think ill-constructed computers should be warned against. Excalibur seems to follow in the tracks of its predecessor: just like Fidelity, I admit they make pretty-looking computers. But too little thought has gone into sensible construction and other seemingly humdrum features. I think on that point they could learn a lot from Saitek, where they use well-constructed modules over and over again - be it parts of the housing, the software or the chessmen!
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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2005, 05:19AM »
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The same goes for Excalibur. I put a regular Mephisto adapter into it and bang!! But fortunately you can't see that in the picture on my website


Tom,

You ought to consider doing what Ismenio does - have some videos of your computers on your web site.  It would be quite interesting to have a video of this "bang", as you put it, for all to see and admire. 

Dick Schneiders


Dick,

I should have known beforehand that you are interested in bangs...I once made the fault to plug the power supply of my Turniermaschine in the socket (wall) first, and than connected the other end of the cable with the computer. A shower of sparks rained on me ...

That was when I thought of selling this device...

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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2005, 04:58AM »
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The same goes for Excalibur. I put a regular Mephisto adapter into it and bang!! But fortunately you can't see that in the picture on my website


Tom,

You ought to consider doing what Ismenio does - have some videos of your computers on your web site.  It would be quite interesting to have a video of this "bang", as you put it, for all to see and admire. 

Dick Schneiders
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Quote from: steffen on April 20, 2005, 11:34PM   

Chess King was a U.K.-based company which didn´t live very long (...)


No wonder it didn´t live very long! The Counter Gambit (I probably bought mine at Heathrow as well ) had chessmen of a very brittle kind of plastic. They stuck out a centimetre above the top of the box. I broke several of them just by moving my hand close to the board.

The computer´s end came when I used a Mephisto adapter to power it. Obviously its polarity was not the same as Mephisto´s. Although it probably takes little more than a few diodes to safeguard against such an event, this was obviously too much expense for the Chess King Company.

The same goes for Excalibur. I put a regular Mephisto adapter into it and bang!! But fortunately you can't see that in the picture on my website
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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2005, 01:09AM »
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Quote from: steffen on April 20, 2005, 11:34PM   

Hello,

Chess King was a U.K.-based company which didn´t live very long. The chess computer YOU have seems to be the most sold one by them. There exists a similar one from Mephisto.

I do have 3 EXTREMELY rare chess computers from them, the Chess King Philidor (other than the Mark VI Philidor), the Chess King Counter Gambit and the Chess King Triomphe, all with OVP.

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Hello Steffen

Could you give us some information on these Chess King machines please? I know about the Triomphe now because of the recent auctions, but I have not seen pictures or any information on the Philidor or Counter Gambit.

BTW I now have the card to do the Cyberchess copies and if you email me your address I will get them done.

Viele Grüße
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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2005, 11:34PM »
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Hello,

Chess King was a U.K.-based company which didn´t live very long. The chess computer YOU have seems to be the most sold one by them. There exists a similar one from Mephisto.

I do have 3 EXTREMELY rare chess computers from them, the Chess King Philidor (other than the Mark VI Philidor), the Chess King Counter Gambit and the Chess King Triomphe, all with OVP.

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« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2005, 04:44PM »
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Thanks for the reply Mike. I'm embarrassed now! I had to read your post and look at my own pictures to see the CGL right in front of me!
I was heading back to Tom's page to check his units when I read your message.

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« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2005, 04:28PM »
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I got this handheld today but I have no information on it.
Does anyone else have one of these or know anything about it? The manual doesn't even have the name of the company.

Ismenio

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I had one of those for a while back in the 1980s. I had forgotten all about it. I remember it was extremely weak and the magnetic pieces kept falling out of it.

Looking at KBs collection list, he has CGL and Chess King listed separately but no less than 4 Chess King Pocket Micros are listed. CGL are Computer Games Limited. I have a Computachess II on the way to me. That is also made by them. Possibly a Hong Kong company?

Tom has a smaller version in his collection, the one bought at Heathrow.

Sorry I have no information on it. I think I must have thrown mine away. 

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« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2005, 04:03PM »
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I got this handheld today but I have no information on it.
Does anyone else have one of these or know anything about it? The manual doesn't even have the name of the company.

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