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Advanced Travel Chess Computer

by Saitek

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  • Clever combination of features tailored to suit anyone from beginners to the most accomplished player
  • You get 64 playing levels, all major opening systems to learn
  • The Chess computer will allow 30 move take-back
  • You can even use info mode to see what the computer is thinking
  • 3 x AAA, or adapter - not included

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  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • ASIN: B000JN01A2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,507 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The Advanced Travel Handheld Chess Computer is a very strong chess opponent that fits in the palm of your hand! It has 64 playing levels and several different modes including: Beginner, Normal, Training, Tournament, Blitz and Mate Search. It can play all major opening systems and has many features to help you improve your game. The entire unit is 8" x 5 ½" x 1 ½" with 7/16" squares and a 3/8" King and very recognizable and playable chess pieces. The chess pieces store easily in the unit and it comes with a nice folding cover to keep it all protected. 3 AAA batteries are required (not included). 64 playing levels: Beginner, Normal, Training, Tournament, Blitz and Mate Search. All Major Opening Systems, 30-move Take Back - experiment and learn, Info Mode to see inside the computers mind, Position Evaluation Feature, Option to play against the Computer or Friend, Setup Option - to try new positions and moves, 4-Digit LCD Display, Built-in Chess Clock, Automatic Power down feature - conserve battery life, unfinished games held in memory - pick up where you left off Strength: Advanced (1600-2000 rating) Dimensions: 8" x 5 ½" x 1 ½"

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Treptow on December 27, 2007
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I received this as a gift for Christmas. I hadn't touched Chess since 3rd grade, but wanted to get into the game. So, given that, I was ill-prepared. It is simply too challenging for me at the moment. Even at the easiest settings, it is beating me all the time.

It has "training", but I don't think it will be that helpful, because it will be a bit difficult to follow along. I'm planning on using the US Chess website, or perhaps chessclub.com or books to actually learn some things that will help me get off the ground.

Once I get better, I think this will prove to be a worthy challenger for a very long time.

I do have a few nit-picky items though:

It came with plenty of extra game pieces. However, each color has only one King. I suppose you don't move it that much, but if you did lose it, you'd have to "fake" the king with some other piece which could get confusing.

The pieces generally fit into the board snugly, but occasionally, I do have a loose piece. So you need to be careful. The pieces are small, but I don't find them hard to grab with my hands.

The lid is detachable and snaps onto the back. However, it doesn't seem to snap on very well, so I'm paranoid that it'll drop off somewhere if I'm not careful.

Over all, I'm very excited to have this and plan to enjoy it for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on December 7, 2010
I bought this advanced travel chess computer about 2 years ago, and it still works great. That speaks to the durability. Just change the batteries about once or twice a year and it should keep going no problem.

It comes with extra pieces, and I still have them in a drawyer, and haven't lost any yet. I don't see how you'd lose a piece, unless it fell where you couldn't retrieve it. The lid snaps on tight. One thing about the bishops is they are a bit hard to tell from the pawn, for old eyes. So I notched the base of the bishops with a pen knife so they stand out more.

I'm about a 1300 to 1400 rated player. There are many levels to this game. I'm actually best matched at beginner level 6. There are plenty of higher levels that are much stronger that I can't win against at all. I'd guess this game could give a master a good run for the money. Maybe I'm not the position to say that for sure, but I've played against a master, and that's what this computer game feels like at the higher levels.

One reviewer says he can't beat the computer yet. I'd say if you go to beginner level 1, and have the opening book turned off, and set the option to not allow it to think on your time, it'd be a fairly easy game where the computer would occassionally drop enough pieces that most adult beginners should win. Just saying it does have some dumb down options (that I've occassionally used myself just to see what happens).

But at beginner level 6, letting it use the opening book, and letting it think on your time, it has got to be playing at about 1600 strength, my guess. That's not even at the "normal" levels yet, which are super hard.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine K. Brooks on November 20, 2010
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I think we would prefer a game that talks to us and also a game that is strictly electronic, without the plastic chess pieces which are likely to get lost because they're so small. It's good that it comes with a second set of pieces. One of its outstanding features is that it lets the player take back plays.
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4 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Minette Fernandez on May 12, 2007
I bought this toy for my child and it has been very helpful for him. He is enjoying it very much!!
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