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Excalibur E714 Einstein Chess Wizard


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  • Einstein Chess Wizard
  • Built-in virtual chessboard to play with or without pieces
  • Choose from 73 power levels up to a strength rating of 1750
  • Checkmate-trainer tutors you to solve checkmate problems
  • Book-opening trainer teaches the most popular openings/rating feature tracks your improvement
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 26.7 x 5.7 cm ; 680 g
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Item model number: EI5351BK
  • ASIN: B001HN6DNC
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 24 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,585 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

With the Einstein Chess Wizard you have the option to choose from 73 power levels up to a strength rating of 1750. The Opening Trainer teaches the most popular openings, such as the Ruy Lopez and Sicilian Defense; the Checkmate-Trainer tutors you to solve checkmate problems and the rating feature tracks your improvement so you can become the best you can. Includes storage compartment for pieces at the bottom of the unit.Product Dimensions 11.2 x 8.5 x 1.1NOTE: Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Some squares do not work.... Frustrating. Oct. 19 2011
By Arvind - Published on Amazon.com
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I've seen this complaint about Excalibur's chess products online, after I experienced it myself. In my case, the H8 square was not working. So everytime a King side castling move needed to be done, the computer would not let me proceed. For those of you who are looking to buy this, the chess computer requires you to press (either the piece or your finger) on the starting square and the destination square, when a move is made. So when I say that a square does not work, I mean that the computer does not recognize a press on that square.

I returned mine. DB Roth was kind enough to give me a refund even though I had passed the return date. Amazon paid for half of the cost to ship it back to them. So, I can't say I was very unhappy with the return process.

Advice to future buyers of this product. Don't buy it. I was lucky that I found this problem on a square that is frequently moved from. It is quite possible that other sets would have problems on squares where moves are not made that often. You would not want to catch that after 3-4 months of owning the board, especially, if you are buying this to play casually once in a while.

In my case, I bought this for my son to learn. After this experience, I decided to buy a more expensive chess computer - the Novag Aquamarine through Amazon. I will write a review of it once I receive it. I found one user having a similar complaint about one of the inexpensive chess computers from Saitech as well, and so I got cautious, and stayed away from them as well. The Novag Aquamarine does not have a single user review. I hope I am luckier this time. I say that because I have even seen a good review of one these chess computers say that they loved it even though the presses on the squares stopped working after the first two weeks. I'm sure I wouldn't love that. In the end, it looks like getting any of these chess computers is a bit of a gamble.

I also considered buying an autosensory board, but decided against it. There is only one I could find, called the Novag Citrine that is $150 and is not available on Amazon. Although I have not seen any major complaints about it, I decided against buying it. These autosensory boards do not require presses, because the pieces have magnets and I suppose the square are able to pick up the magnets. This means there is more than one thing that can go wrong with these boards. In addition to a square going bad, it is possible that a magnet could fall off a piece or could lose it's magnetization.

My main reasons for buying a chess computer :-
1. Keep my son away from using a computer for chess - keep him from straining his eyes. He already watches too much TV IMHO.
2. I'm not good at chess, I would like him to learn and grow up playing a worthy opponent from the get go.
3. He doesn't have to depend on me or my wife to be able to play chess. When he's with his friends, they don't really want to play chess.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Good product. Dec 25 2009
By A. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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My 11 year old son played this after he opened it for Christmas. He lost against the computer which is a good thing due to the fact that he can beat his teachers in chess without a problem. I believe this game will help advance his skill level. He states that "you have to press down kinda hard on each square for the pieces to register". I would def buy this again.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excalibur chess Jan. 24 2011
By Mike TV - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought it for my sons (10 and 7). They love playing it and so do I. It has many levels - perfect for beginners and more experienced players also.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not very user-friendly. Sound quality is poor. Jan. 30 2011
By Avinash K. Thakrar - Published on Amazon.com
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It is nice and durable. The size is just right, and actually bigger than how it looked in the picture, which was a pleasant surprise. Easy to carry around and nothing to easily damage. I wish the magnetics was stronger so the pieces stay in place properly. Message sound quality is very poor. The unit is not very user friendly. And you can not use rechargable batteries, it seems. Because each battery is 1.2V instead of 1.5 in alkaline, the total of 4-batteries make enough difference in voltage for the unit to not work at all, even for a short time. So I suspect even with alkaline batteries they need to be very fresh before they stop working. All said, and with the low price, it is worth it. Just have to get used to its idiosyncracies.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for the beginning chess player June 2 2010
By nekko1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Our 10 year old pulls it out when she wants to practice and although she was initially able to beat it, by upping the levels she can hit a level that is challenging. Good item for the price, especially for the beginner to lower intermediate level player.