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Weakest Dedicated Chess Computer
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dubliner wrote:
spacious_mind wrote:
Well, easily the weakest dedicated chess computer in my opinon has to be Novag's Disney Magic Castle.

It is probably even worse than Novag's Delta 1.

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Hello Nick,
Old post I know.
Even the delta 1 beats me.
Can you explain what button to the left of the 'new game' is for ( as I can not find the manual anywhere ) it looks like a hammer but it might be for castleing.
Love your web site.
Regards.



Gosh it has been a long time since I played with it. Without searching out the manual, if I recall (vaguely), you press it with maybe followed by "Enter" and it forces the computer to play its move.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first commercially available dedicated unit, The Fidelity Chess Challenger 1 of 1977, would, in certain situations, make and/or permit illegal moves. This flaw wasnĺt discovered until after the first production run was on the shelves, and word soon spread like wildfire in chess circles that these units werenĺt worth the investment because they didnĺt yet even conform to the rules of the game. This simple oversight involving the rules pertaining to castling could have easily been avoided with some QA, but in their haste to market the first dedicated unit, Fidelity Electronics garnered a bad reputation for this flaw, which was later corrected in the Chess Challenger 3 unit.

Haste Makes Waste Regards,
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ricard60 wrote:
Hi cubeman,

Yes novag solo had the same engine as the novag escort did.

http://www.schach-computer.info/wiki/index.php/Novag_Escort

back to weakest elo regards
Ricardo


That contradicts the elo rating difference 1033 - 979
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Weakest Dedicated Chess Computer Reply with quote

Steve B wrote:



playing a game on the CC1 was brutally painful due to the mistake in the notation

Steve, I think we were all hoodwinked by the legendary programmer
Ron Nelson. He reasoned that since the strength of a chess program
is a function of how hard it is to beat, then it made perfect sense to
reverse the board notation. After all, did'nt this simple strategy make
it a tougher opponent?
Nelson was an astute business operator.
L
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fidelity Chess Card and Saitek Calculator chess deserve honorable mention, methinks...
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