Originally posted by robbie carrobie
a rich Tory like you e4chris could buy and donate to me a DGT board
Thats wishfull thinking
I read greenpawn used to be a chess computer salesman, a job I'd rather like!
so here we go...
Chess computers are a higher form of intelligence, able to win pieces annoyingly and devoid of the stupidity of man.
A dedicated chess computer is best! you can't get distracted like with a laptop or phone. Many rubbish dedicated computers have been made, most chess players lost interest. But there are a few good machines;
The Saitek Master - its a 32 bit computer - only the most expensive and no longer made computers had this chip (I have no idea what 32 bit means). Its very strong, and plays excellent tactical sequences, mine sac'd a queen, knight and rook, for a 1 point lead and won endgame, only winning back the material 5 moves later. it almost got bought a new chess set for that. it regularly announces mate in 6. In tests it beats almost all novags.
Novag Citrine - It looks nice, but the opening book is half the size of the saitek, i suspect its the obsidian in a wooden box and its probably weaker then the saitek..
Saitek Explorer Pro - it used to be a more expensive machine, there's a travel one too thats quite strong - all saiteks are early versions of the program fritz.
On E-bay Saitek Barracuda - strong ish mass produced, fairly cheap.
The Saitek Sparc has a very attacking playing style and is note worthy, its a Spraklen program. It counter attacks almost every time rather then moving threatened pieces there is a good thread on it on the hiracs forum. Its one of the few that are classed as 'Antique' ie very expensive on e-bay.
If you don't want one at all but want to see why they are cool - check out this site.
one of the best things on the net to my mind