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Re:Missing Rook
« on: November 11, 2005, 05:36PM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on November 11, 2005, 05:25PM   

PS: Tom, thanks again for your help!!

Don't mention it, Ismenio! But I did like the photographs you made! Great pictures!

With admiring regards,

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Re:Missing Rook
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005, 05:25PM »
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Bob,

I'm sending you that rook tomorrow. Hopefully you'll be able to use.

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PS: Tom, thanks again for your help!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2005, 05:35AM »
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The computer game I own is the Kasparov 16K Cavalier Chess computer & Coach.

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Re:Missing Rook
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2005, 01:33AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on November  9, 2005, 05:25PM   

Below is the one I have. It is from a defective Kasparov Pocket Olus Trainer. Do you have this one? Can you compare them?




To be honest, I don't have the Kasparov Plus Trainer. So I couldn't really say whether they fit. But I must say they look good enough to be used.

I tried two other sorts: the Mephisto Monaco, which has the same housing, but chessmen that look a bit different. Still they seem to fit. The other is the Kasparov Plus, produced under the name of Scisys and with a completely different housing from the Monaco and the Cavalier. But the pegs of the chessmen go into Cavalier's holes as if they were made for it. Unfortunately for Bob, both computers still work, so I can't really part with the pieces.

But within a few days I expect to get the Pocket Plus Trainer depicted below. Then I should be able to say for sure how close those pieces are.



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Re:Missing Rook
« Reply #4 on: November 9, 2005, 05:25PM »
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Thanks for helping us Tom. Below is the one I have. It is from a defective Kasparov Pocket Olus Trainer. Do you have this one? Can you compare them?
Bob, if you email me your address I'll be happy to send it to you.

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Re:Missing Rook
« Reply #5 on: November 9, 2005, 10:35AM »
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The Cavalier is one of the portable computers in the Overtom Collection, so I took a picture of the rook. I tried to find if I possess any spares, which - unfortunately I don't.

Unlike normal chessmen, the kind that's needed for the Cavalier cannot just look like the original one. The dimensions of the peg that fits into the hole in the board must be quite close to the originial one. After all it must exert the right pressure on the membrane below the hole.

I made a picture which should give some impression of the size of Bob's rook:



If nobody has a rook of that size, he might try to make a rook out of a spare queen. I once demoted a queen to the rank of bishop in a chess computer named Next. The result is shown here (from left ro right: queen, new bishop, real bishop):



Not as good as the original one, I admit, but better than playing without a bishop. So worth a try.

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« Reply #6 on: November 9, 2005, 08:32AM »
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Yes I can take a pix. and post it sometime later today. Thanks for your help & reply!

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Re:Missing Rook
« Reply #7 on: November 9, 2005, 04:18AM »
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Hi Bob,

I have just a few extra pieces from different computers. I don't think I have an original rook for the Cavalier but I may have one that is close. Can you post a picture of it and the dimensions?

I wish I could play like you. I'm still trying to beat some of my not so strong computers! Until a few months ago we use to play at work during our breaks but recently I haven't found much interest in my office ... or breaks!

Ismenio

PS: Next year I may finally get an Apple!
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Missing Rook
« Reply #8 on: November 8, 2005, 07:24AM »
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Hello,
My interest in chess has recently been re-invigorated. The Last time I played was with a friend who lives in our condo at the Biscayne 21. I only played him a few times but I soundly lost all three games. There was no else around that I know who knows how to play chess. My wife who is a brilliant mind, plays but she likes to play without her queen and she doesn't feel the need to win. I began playing my friend in the condo again and I won 3 out of four games with him. I must say that winng a chess game from an expert player (a local seldom defeated player) is a thrill last me for at least a couple of days.

I have a great computer chess game on my PowerBook G4 that I haven't defeated yet. To my delight, I recently remembered that I own a 16 k Kasparov, Cavalier chess computer & coach. Sadly, upon examination, I noticed that I was missing the white rook. Can any one help me find a replacement white rook?

Sincerely,

Bob Griffith
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