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Re:Radio Shack 1650
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2006, 09:02AM »
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It's bizzare how one can become attached to something like a chess computer.  I'm waxing nostalgic, I guess.  But many people develop this for all kinds of things, from Matchbox cars to Barbie dolls. 

I recently got the chess computer bug, and am amassing quite a collection.  I got an RS 1850 on ebay for $5.99, and it plays and looks great.  I have Excalibur's Grandmaster on the way.

Also ordered Excalibur's King Arthur and Alexandra the Great chess games.  Also Excalibur's LCD Chess Express.  I have an RS 1650 on the way, but it is the peg-style game, not the RS 1650 pressure-sensitive board.  There's one being auctioned now from Australia (along with the RS 1850, but I'm not so sure I want to pay shipping from there to Tennessee).  Maybe I'll hold out and wait for one show up here in the U.S.

I also recently got a 1979 Fidelity "The Classic" on eBay for $0.99.  It powers on, but many of the squares are non-functional, although some work just fine.  I wonder if anyone knows of a way to get it repaired. 

Great forum.  I'm glad I found it. 
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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2006, 03:43PM »
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Hi Tracy,


My first post as well, after chancing upon this site today through a google search on the 2250XL. Regarding your question, I saw a 1650 on ebay last Fall (MIB condition), and was quite surprised when a sniper bidder swooped in at the last minute with a $50 bid.  I really wanted it for sentimental reasons, and still won the bid because my pre-programmed cutoff was $55.  It was my first experience on ebay though, so I’d been sitting back all week thinking I was going to win it for $25, the high bid until the sniper swooped in with 1 minute left in the bidding.  I’m sure if you keep an eye out, you could find a used one for much less. 

It was a real interesting program, the original  RS 1650 (They came out with an updated 1650 a few years later that actually played an inferior game……I tried it out and returned it to the store immediately).  I bought one in Fall 1986--my very first computer and the jumpstart to my erstwhile tournament career.  It has a very fun, active, risk-taking, almost human playing style.  The kind of weak human you might meet playing chess in a bar that is.  I’m not even a “class B” player, but if I concentrate I can play it on Level 5 (~40/2 time control) and win 75-80% against it [I always play the stupid things on the honor system  ……Touch-move and no take backs.  I pulled it out for fun a few months back and in a 10-game match scored (+5,=5)].  But that’s mainly because its endgame play is the most atrocious thing ever devised of silicone**.  The middlegame is reasonable and fun, as I noted.  It’s active style reminds me a little bit of the “Jungle chess” description I”ve seen regarding the Sprackleon (sp?) programs, and their penchant for creating threats all across the board.  The only other program I have that even approaches it’s activity level is the Mach III, but even that is not close…..1650 is like a Mach III with a little extra ‘Tude and a cocktail thrown in, but without the positional soundness.  It is certainly a sturdy game.  My original 1986 machine is still 100% functional.  But I decided to bid on a replacement/backup because I noticed the sound function starting to occasionally become erratic, and I’m afraid any day/month/year now, the whole machine will just not come on one day.  I’m sure another one will come up on ebay, so keep your eye out (I promise not to bid against you as long as my original is still functioning, and I rarely play it nowadays  ).  I currently own the RS 1650, 1850, 2250XL, Novag Sapphire I, Mephisto Milano Pro, Saitek GK2000, Fidelity Mach 3, Excaliber Grandmaster and Excaliber LCD handheld (what a waste.....stronger than the 1650 but it bores me to tears!……wish I could unload the poor thing or include it in a trade), and on the PC I have Powerchess, MChess 1.1, MasterChess 2000 and Fritz 6 with all the multiple engines it came with.  And I’ve formerly owned Par excellence, Battlechess and RS 2150L.  But the 1986 “Radio Shack 1650 fast response computerized chess” is still my sentimental favorite and favorite over the board “personality”. 


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Re:Radio Shack 1650
« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2006, 03:03PM »
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The 1650 Fast Response looks the same as the Scisys Concord.

 

I see this computer offered at Dutch auction site http://www.marktplaats.nl/

The seller seems to want 30 Euro for it (I'm not involved).

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tom

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« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2006, 01:20PM »
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Oh, yeah, I saw that one for sale.  The one I had was not a travel chess computer, though.  It had magnetic pieces, not peg pieces, and had a pressure-sensitive board.  And it was bigger than this one, though very thin.  I saw a picture of it on Overtom's photo collection called "Radio Shack 1650 Fast Response". 

Thanks for the welcome.  My collection is limited, although I'm starting to get the collecting bug.  I have a Radio Shack Master Chess 2200, an Excalibur IGOR Talking Chess, and some smaller Excalibur travel sets.  I have on order the Excalibur Grandmaster and a Fidelity Classic (which I learned about on this site).  I also recently ordered Excalibur's LCD Chess Express and King Arthur set. 
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« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2006, 12:29PM »
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Hi Tracy 

Welcome to the Board 

I've seen a few now and again. This one is available now:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-Radio-Shack-1650-Computerized-Chess-725B_W0QQitemZ8823415420QQihZ005QQcategoryZ2554QQssPageNameZWD2VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Best wishes


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Radio Shack 1650
« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2006, 09:56AM »
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Greetings everyone,

This is my first post here. During my undergrad years in the late 80's and early 90's, I had a Radio Shack 1650 that I loved.  There's something about that slim design and battery placement that I thought was cool.  Plus, it played a pretty fair game of chess.  Unfortunately, I gave it to a friend in a moment of weakness, and I never saw it again. 

I've been waxing nostalgic over that thing lately for some reason.  Anyone know where I can get one?  I've looked on eBay the last couple of weeks with no luck.

Thanks.
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