712 Ivan II The Conqueror Chess
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- 100 levels of play
- Play with or without pieces using Ivan's unique LCD
- Speaks a 500 word "barbarian" vocabulary
- Teaching mode
- Sound can be turned on or off
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They do not all play identically. The Squire has a VERY slow and limited computer, but it still performs quite well when you increase the difficulty setting a few levels. Saber III was quite good, but the electronics broke down after a couple of years. The Squire, which is now over 5 years old, is still going strong.
Ivan regularly beats me even on its easiest mode! The size of the board is perfect for the kids to be able to play on, and I LOVE the little digital screen that shows you where all the pieces are (excellent in case they get knocked off the board or you get confused about the move it wants to make, which can happen when you are SO SURE you know what it's going to do and are wrong...)
The game talks to the player, saying things like "A warrior would not make a move like that!", or "I will CRUSH you!". If you take a while to move, the board gets impatient and emits a tick-tock sound as if to say "hurry up". When you push the button to move the knights, you hear the clop-clop of hooves, the rooks sound like seige machines being rolled out, and when you move your Queen it has a funny "Aaaaah!" sound like "watch out, here comes the QUEEN yo!" If you try to take back a move, it says accusingly "CHEATER!" then "Taking back black's move" or "Taking back white's move". It's funny and the kids like that.
When you beat it, it concedes defeat by saying something like; "Well, I guess you won that one!" as if it resents being beaten!
I've found that the BEST way to get my kids into the game is for the three of us to play as a team against the computer.Read more ›
So, for my third board, I wanted something simpler and more durable. And that's exactly what this Grandmaster II is. It's been trouble-free for several years now, and the batteries last a long time (I do not recommend ever plugging in chess sets like these for the reasons mentioned above---poor grounding). The strength of the computer is about 2000 UCSF, which makes a decent opponent for me. It will not be much of a challenge for a Master player, but it will provide a learning experience (or keep them sharp) for all non-Masters.
As will most other programs, you can set up your own openings, take back moves, etc. Like many other relatively weak programs, once the computer determines that its pieces are optimally placed, it will sit back and wait for the human to make a mistake. This includes doing things like moving its king back and forth a couple times during the middlegame, something a human would not(or should not)do.Read more ›
This game is rated at an impressive 2000 elo, but its flaws render it fairly unusable for being rated. For just playing on the different levels, it's fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes Ivan will get on your nerves and he has to be muted. LOL.
Very enjoyable and good for learning the game.
I have two other Excalibur sets and they are fine. Bought this for a neighborhood urchin, and neither of us can read the screen. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Steven A.
My good friend is an elderly blind musician for whom chess is one of his most enjoyable pastimes. He had a perfectly performing 20 year old talking chess game made by Fidelity,... Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by BC221
chess game is OK, quick moves, different levels, the voice is nice even with the boring resounding. what the voice says isn't always clear to me but the other noises it makes are... Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by blue
I brought this chess computer thinking it would be fun and different to play chess against. It lasted about 6 months of not being played that much. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by dronestar
Bought for our 8yr old son and have been happy thus far. The voice is not too loud and all the children seem to enjoy the instructions.Published on May 9, 2011 by lotsakids