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  1. 15 Feb '05 17:48
    I need to upgrade my electronic chess game as I can beat it every time on its hardest level.Can anyone recommend what I might go for as I'm not very well up on the different makes etc.I need a challenge but would not want to go over a hundred pounds.Any ideas?
  2. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    15 Feb '05 18:16
    I don't know how expensive it is, but excalliber is a good brand of portable electronic chess players. But I would recomend a computer program such as fritz, shredder, junior, etc if you don't need something portable. They will give you a better game for your money and have good analisis functions.
  3. 16 Feb '05 00:28
    Hmmmmmm, it's been years since I've taken a serious interest in dedicated chess computers, but I'm sure the price range you specify should get a VERY strong table top model nowadays. I spent $500 for the best there was 20 years ago and I still get my butt kicked by it at 60 seconds per move. Someone does sell a nice wood board and piece set up that ties into your home PC and uses whatever program you run on it, but they're rather expensive (like $300 US). That'd be the way to go if you want the strongest OTB set-up possible. I believe that there are 2200 FIDE table top chess computers available for about the price you mentioned.
  4. 16 Feb '05 10:06 / 1 edit
    best bet would be a cheap pda (palm zire?) and a copy of chess tiger or hiarcs or a pocket pc and pocket fritz which is nicer but a bit more expensive.
    Just take a look at how powerful these pda programs are getting:

    22nd-24th January 2005, Palm HIARCS 9.5 played a four game internet match against the strong Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson of Germany. GM Jan Gustafsson is a rapidly rising GM with a FIDE rating of 2616 Elo which puts him in the top 100 chess players in the world! Palm HIARCS scored a sensational match win 3-1 with 2 wins and 2 draws achieving an unprecedented 2809 Elo performance rating (for comparison Gary Kasparov rates at 2804 Elo)


    if you must have a dedicated machine then the saitek cosmos is around £99 in the uk.




  5. Standard member Arrakis
    D_U_N_E
    17 Feb '05 05:07
    Originally posted by ceels1
    I need to upgrade my electronic chess game as I can beat it every time on its hardest level.Can anyone recommend what I might go for as I'm not very well up on the different makes etc.I need a challenge but would not want to go over a hundred pounds.Any ideas?
    I used to reprogram eproms for a company that serviced people just like yourself. I still have the eprom burner and chess file that upgraded people's computer to Master level.

    I recommend you contact the manufacturer and see if an upgrade chip is available.
  6. 04 Apr '06 22:40
    Go here, buy this:
    http://www.classicchessandgames.com/MephistoExclusiveSenatorChessComputer.htm

    They don't get any better, you'll NEVER beat it at 30 seconds/move for the computer, unlimited time for you.

    Best $500 you'll ever spend.
  7. Standard member Freddie2008
    9 Edits
    04 Apr '06 22:42
    Originally posted by Drumbo
    Go here, buy this:
    http://www.classicchessandgames.com/MephistoExclusiveSenatorChessComputer.htm

    They don't get any better, you'll NEVER beat it at 30 seconds/move for the computer, unlimited time for you.

    Best $500 you'll ever spend.
    Why didn't you give this advice in your first post?
  8. 04 Apr '06 23:03
    Originally posted by Freddie2006
    Why didn't you give this advice in your first post?
    HUH????????
  9. 05 Apr '06 06:58
    1. Go to: http://www.wholesalechess.com/

    2. Click on "Chess Computer"

    3. Sort the items by price, highest to lowest.

    4. Scroll down past the over $100 items.

    5. You will find a nice selection of offerings from Saitek and Excalibur. I would recommend the Saitek products as I have had better luck with their reliability.