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The New York Times Deluxe Touch Screen Chess

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  • Built-in computer ranks "Expert" (estimated 2,000 rating on the U.S. Chess Federation system.)
  • Choose from 136 different skill levels
  • Features 3 languages: English, Spanish, and French
  • Buil-in chess clock & large backlit tough-screen LCD with stylus
  • Made by Excalibur for Sharper Image Co.
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Excalibur and The New York Times have teamed up to give you a state-of-the-art chess computers with all the of a full-sized unit. Plus, you get 500 challenging and educational chess puzzles from Robert Byrne, renowned columnist from The New York Times! Capable of beating 99% of all chess players at its top level, The New York Times Deluxe Talking Chess fits in your pocket and is always ready for a challenging game. This is the Sharper Image version with all of the great features and looks of the original.Program Features Estimated 2000 rating - capable of beating 99% of all chess players 136 selectable strength levels Teaching mode for beginners Estimates your tournament rating Choose the opening you want to practice Voice vocabulary in three languages - English, French, and German! Take back feature for mistakes and experimentation.OtherGeneral Features Most readable chess figures ever on a pocket chess computer! Easy to read LCD shows every move. Built-in chess clock Light button makes it easy to play in the dark Auto memory save Includes special teaching and coaching features Sophisticated metal accents Sound effects and complete chess voice vocabulary Overall Dimensions: 6 x 3.5 x 1 1/2Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included) Manufactured by Excalibur Electronics for Sharper Image Company.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.5 x 7.7 x 2.4 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1 pounds
ASIN B000YB4SZI
Item model number QU159
Manufacturer recommended age 17 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #874,320 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#19,510 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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3.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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By John Herr on May 30, 2010
This is definitely the highest-quality and strongest handheld chess computer I've been able to find. That being said, its strength is more like 1800 USCF, not 2000. I've been able to beat it at its highest level several times. In particular, its endgame is somewhat weak, though this is the main weakness of all chess computers and can be expected to manifest itself to a greater extent on a handheld device. I doubt other handheld devices would play the endgame better. The interface is very professional, and the display is excellent. There is a bug that occasionally causes the computer to exceed its time control, which gives it a ton of time on the clock; however, the user can choose to continue the game. If you're looking for a portable chess opponent, you're only going to do better by using a laptop.
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I have found the 'New York Timed Chess' a very good playmate. It is difficult to understand at first due to the directions being too brief and their abreviations being less than adequate. However, after a few false starts the little master proved to be quite charming and utilitarian. The piece display could be enhanced, but over all I would buy it again!
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The chess game is worthless for use other than at night. The glass screen cover has so much reflected glare that it is impossible to use outside in the daylight. Major disappointment....you wonder how the people at sharper image could have overlooked the flaw. Makes one think twice about any of their other products.
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Game is excellent: great for drilling games at specified difficulty levels. Could use a glare-free screen, but that's my sole complaint.
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Screen should have anti-glare coating to avoid eye strain. It's too reflective! Chess pieces appear to be washed out. Touch screen is not sensitive enough. You have to exert a certain pressure with the stylus which I later found to be annoying as the game progress. Sound is faulty.
It's a strong player though it's not ergonomically comfortable to play with. Bulky, heavy, glary(?)...
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