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Re:A surprise by Excalibur
« on: December 7, 2005, 02:45AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on December  6, 2005, 07:16PM   

Now you got me Tom! 
I already have a hard time juggling English and Portuguese!
Translation please?

Ismenio

Sorry about the unusual lingo ...



For another unusual lingo, have a look at:

  overtom.nl/EngLingo.html

Linguistic regards,

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Now you got me Tom! 
I already have a hard time juggling English and Portuguese!
Translation please?

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Quote from: Ismenio on December  5, 2005, 06:01AM   

LOL!

PS: Can you believe I misspelled my own name   :-

Ismenibo ...

I wonder what Freud would have to say about that 



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Quote from: Overtom on December  5, 2005, 05:53AM   

Yes, Ismenio, you need a screwdriver (or else a crowbar):

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LOL!

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Quote from: Ismenio on December  5, 2005, 04:56AM   

Hi Tom,
Thanks again for a very interesting log entry! That was quite a surprise to me. Especially the match against he Maestro! 
Since I don't have a LCD Chess Express, you made me want to get one now!
Please let us know what else you find about this unit. One question I have: how hard is it to replace the batteries? Do you need a screw driver to open the cover?
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Yes, Ismenio, you need a screwdriver (or else a crowbar):



I'm afraid I can't tell you much more about it. It wouldn't be a bad buy, I think, especially if you don't have to pay nine dollars for shipping like I did.

Perhaps, I'lll pit it against a few other computers and if this results in pretty games, I'll show them here.

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tom

PS By the way, it wasn't before yesterday that I saw your excitinging book Collecting Chess computers For Dummies. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it at Amazon.com >:(
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Hi Tom,

Thanks again for a very interesting log entry! That was quite a surprise to me. Especially the match against he Maestro! 
Since I don't have a LCD Chess Express, you made me want to get one now!

Please let us know what else you find about this unit. One question I have: how hard is it to replace the batteries? Do you need a screw driver to open the cover?

Best regards,

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Quote from: Mike Watters on December  5, 2005, 12:21AM   

On the Excalibur website it shows a brightly lit white and green board. I assume that the reality is not like that? What program and Elo do you think it is?

All the best
Mike

Yes Mike, the picture you see on Excalibur's site is reasonably accurate. The LCD-screen of the machine can only be viewed from certain angles, or you'll see all the components of the LCD matrix. Especially with artificial light and poor eyesight like mine it can be hard to view the screen.

As to playing strength: I would expect it to be between ELO 1600 and 1700. The Americans, particularly the chess computer manufacturers among them, seem to have their own rating. Saitek claims Maestro is 2000-2100. So under that system we may say LCD Chess Express would be in the same range. One thing is certain: at 10 seconds a move, I don't beat it. But then I'm a rather weak chess player.

On the site, Excalibur mentions five other games it can play, but I've never found them; maybe they have used the unused ROM to store a better program, which - in my view - is an excellent idea. For as far as chess is concerned, this is a cracker. And I'm not an Excalibur fan as you may know.
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On the Excalibur website it shows a brightly lit white and green board. I assume that the reality is not like that? What program and Elo do you think it is?

All the best
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A surprise by Excalibur
« Reply #8 on: December 4, 2005, 03:30PM »
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With machines like Resurrection and Saitek Risc around, we would almost forget that hardly any of us have a chance to beat these monsters. So today I'd like to broach the subject of inexpensive computers.

As far as playing strength is concerned, you would not expect much from a computer that costs twenty or thirty dollars, would you?

But last Friday, one Excalibur's latest models arrived here: the LCD Chess Express:



Not that this is relevant information, but for the experts of ladies' vocals: it It has the same voice as Chessica.

I've described this computer in some detail at:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~tluif/weblog/05DEC05.html

If you think, I'm here  to advertize Excalibur computers, then have alook at http://overtom.nl/weblog/10JUN05.html, http://overtom.nl/weblog/20MAY05.html and http://overtom.nl/weblog/09FEB05.html (and a few more).

But that doesn't change the fact that their latest computer is a winner.

With best regards to you all,

tom
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