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Great news on the Monarch Mike! Have you played an entire game with it?

Also, while I'm here, the folks at Classic Chess and Games have shipped the original manual for the Modul MM IV. So it seems that their service is working fine. I'll post an update once I get it.

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Yes I beat the Monarch with a back rank mate the day I got it. Level One  .

When I first get a chess computer I give it a game. If it beats me I sulk for a while but in time I go back for another go, and another..........if I win I am likely not to play it again for ages.

The Monarch seems prone to follow a game again and again on its lower levels not that I have finished another game yet. Just testing.

Your experience with Classic Chess and Games is like Dick's. I think I was probably just unlucky.

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Great news on the Monarch Mike! Have you played an entire game with it?

Also, while I'm here, the folks at Classic Chess and Games have shipped the original manual for the Modul MM IV. So it seems that their service is working fine. I'll post an update once I get it.

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Dick

Lol !!

Ego Rating = Driver Distance x Polgar Elo -  Cheat factor.

The girls are still a threat.

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Ah you have the supercharged 10 MHz edition. Us 5 MHz folk have a restrained beep.

Yes I assumed that you must be able to save the settings but it comes up Deutsch each time.

To think Dick they would have given us a good thrashing even at this age. By the age of 11 at the OHRA tournament Brussels Judit had reached 2355 Elo.






Yes, but how far can they hit a golf ball? 

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This is the one aspect of my current fave, the Exclusive with Polgar 10MHz module, that I dislike.  The beep is way too loud.

Well, that and I don't see why I have to change the language from Deutsch to English every time I turn the computer on. 

Which of the Polgar sisters modeled for this module? 

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Ah you have the supercharged 10 MHz edition. Us 5 MHz folk have a restrained beep.

Yes I assumed that you must be able to save the settings but it comes up Deutsch each time.

To think Dick they would have given us a good thrashing even at this age. By the age of 11 at the OHRA tournament Brussels Judit had reached 2355 Elo.



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I agree the auto-sensory is excellent and the low-tone beep is amongst the more tasteful around.

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This is the one aspect of my current fave, the Exclusive with Polgar 10MHz module, that I dislike.  The beep is way too loud.

Well, that and I don't see why I have to change the language from Deutsch to English every time I turn the computer on. 

Which of the Polgar sisters modeled for this module? 

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Woohoo! That's great news Mike! I was hoping it would work. Please give us more details!!

I take it that it came with a standard module, right?
And I agree with the usability issue. Two things I like about them: the way the auto-sensory works, really smooth I think! Also I like the low-tone beep, I think it's the perfect one for a chess computer!

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Yes it just has the standard program module.

I agree the auto-sensory is excellent and the low-tone beep is amongst the more tasteful around.

As you know the Monarch came with the chess pieces and nothing else. Well you really need an adaptor to go with any non-battery model. So heart in mouth I tried a Scisys Mark V adaptor. That has a five-pin Din plug which happens to fit the Monarch socket. And.....................................................It works fine. 

I happen to have a spare Mark V adaptor so that problem is solved.

The Monarch has some rather "sticky" keys which do not work 100%. The other Monarch has featherlight positive controls. So I have had the back off and taken it to pieces. It is better now but still not perfect. I shall try again some time.

It always surprises me when I take one of these old timers to bits how simple and rudimentary they are.

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Woohoo! That's great news Mike! I was hoping it would work. Please give us more details!!

I take it that it came with a standard module, right?
And I agree with the usability issue. Two things I like about them: the way the auto-sensory works, really smooth I think! Also I like the low-tone beep, I think it's the perfect one for a chess computer!

On a side note, I enjoyed that you mentioned the place! England is way at the top of my list of countries to visit! I love its history!

Hear ye regards,

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2005, 12:03PM »
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Congratulations Mike,

and I really do agree with you about the impossibilty to use the conchess without the manual.

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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2005, 11:50AM »
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Today I collected the Conchess Monarch from the seller who lives near Stamford, Lincolnshire. A very historical place Stamford, nearby is Burghley House perhaps the finest early Elizabethan ( 16th Century) stately home in England. By the river is a house, now a pub which accommodated three English monarchs at various times down the years. No not Conchess Monarchs, kings and queens.

Anyway, the Monarch works. I am not sure whether it is 100% because I find Conchess boards so difficult to use, even with the manual. The controls are counter-intuitive and hard work. Anyway it succumbed to my back rank mate, so it can't be all bad.

A Conchess always reminds me of the days in the 1980s when you would go into Department Store electrical department, where all the gadgets were, and there would be a chess computer ready to try out. It was often a Conchess because they are quite flashy boards, attracted customers, and as they were made in Ireland they were as close as you got to a local product. I disliked them. There was never a manual around and you couldn't change the level or get a feel for the machine. All you could do is play it if it had been set up properly and was ready. If kids had been pressing the buttons it was a hard job getting it to play a game.

The Monarch is in good condition. Not mint. The guy who had it did not know it was a stand alone dedicated chess computer, he had accept it in part exchange for a clock. But he mentioned this guy from the USA who had emailed him, and he recognised your name Ismenio.

Royal regards from Old Europe
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