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Re:Commodore Chessmate - Cult Machine?
« on: October 17, 2005, 07:42AM »
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Mike,

Please add me to your "wanted list" so that when you get one I can get a copy from you

Thanks!

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Re:Commodore Chessmate - Cult Machine?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005, 05:47AM »
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Hi Mike,


Quote from: Mike Watters on October 16, 2005, 04:56AM   


It is often difficult to find detailed information on the older chess computers. On some old machines a search of the internet will deliver only a couple of mentions in Elo lists, if you are lucky. Not so the Commodore Chessmate.



I think, this is a clone of the Chess Champion MK II; this one also had 8 levels and 32 openings (a rather unique feature).

The MK II is very musical  , is it the Commodore too?

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If anyone has an English copy of the manual I would be very grateful for a copy. I can offer a German version in exchange.

Too bad, i only have the german one... 


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Commodore Chessmate - Cult Machine?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2005, 04:56AM »
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Hi All

It is often difficult to find detailed information on the older chess computers. On some old machines a search of the internet will deliver only a couple of mentions in Elo lists, if you are lucky. Not so the Commodore Chessmate.



Because it was a product of Commodore it is covered in detail on various websites eg :-

http://www.floodgap.com/retrobits/ckb/secret/chess.html
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http://www.sothius.com/hypertxt/welcome.html?chessmate

Perhaps it is the connection to Peter Jennings, KIM and Microchess that helps. Anyway there is more information here about the electronics than I remember seeing on any other chess computer.

Looking at the information also reveals that it was first released in 1978, rather than the 1979 suggested by alte-schachcomputer.de. So this is the first correction of the Timeline I must make. I should have checked with Ismenio and Tom.

Opening up my two Chessmates reveals chips from 1978 and 1979. So both of mine were probably sold in 1979, one in the UK and one in Germany. But with summer 1978 the date for first release then the Chessmate was only the fifth or sixth chess computer model to go on sale.

If anyone has an English copy of the manual I would be very grateful for a copy. I can offer a German version in exchange.

Mike



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