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I would enjoy some dialog on dedicated chess computers. I don't enjoy playing on a lap top and wonder if others feel the same way. I have lots of questions regarding dedicated computers, so if anyone is interested in discussing, perhaps this thread would provide us the opportunity.
To begin with, I love Mephisto. The quality of worksmanship made in Germany is amazing and it seems that units that are 20-25 years old go for good money. This is particularly interesting when one considers that a 25 year old IBM or other such computer isn't of value.
Regarding Mephisto (Novag, Fidelity, etc), what setting enables the approximate highest level of play (outside of "analyze" endless time mode)?
I play a lot against "Polgar" setting the game for 30 minutes at particular ELO rating and since returning to chess, raise it 10 or 20 ELO points at a time.
I use Milano as portable and it is approximately the same ELO level as Polgar. I hope to obtain one of the higher level modules one day. I love what Ruud Martin has done with Phoenix, but the price is prohibitive. His quest for the high level appears to have been inspired by the quality of the Mephisto models and has done great work in setting up the new system.
I look forward to discussion on these and other topics by other fans of the dedicated chess computer.
A nice DGT board connected to a PC/laptop is the best you can afford.
I just bought a Mephisto Excellence "Muenchen" computer. Now I need to learn about modules. As a beginner, it's not about their ELO rating. Bought a Mephisto 2 "brick" as well (paid 215 / 29 Euros shipped).
It would be interesting to find out if Ruud can deliver on economies of scale. Say 1,000 serious players were to order the REvelation II module, would its price come down by half?
We tend to underestimate the long-term and overestimate the short-term. Spreading such payments over say 24 months would mean maybe $ 110 a month.
TBH, I don't have a clue about DGT board either - but like the idea of a self-contained chess computer. Maybe one say there can be some hidden black box provide the computing power running a $ 149 netbook.
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