The Endgame Tactician: Happy Holidays & Palm Hiarcs
I bought a Palm Z22 and loaded Palm Hiarcs (ELO 2506), Morphy's 472 known games, and 24 issues of Endgame Corner. It's a great chess combo that lets me study while on the go.
|Cost: ||$145 |
|Battery Life (playing): ||16 hours |
|Battery Life (analyzing): ||8 hours |
|Weight: ||3.4 ounces |
Its strength can be adjusted from 750 to 2500 FIDE in increments of 50. I tried the 750, 950, 1150, 1250, 1350, 1450, and 1550 levels and generally the mistakes looked intelligent from 950 upwards. Its opening book has 377,379 positions, although it lacks endgame tablebases.
How is its analysis? Palm Hiarcs solved 2/3 complex rook endgames in 2-3 seconds each. Fritz solved them all in about 20-30 seconds each.
And it can handle a large PGN database of master games. :)
Excalbur makes an $80 handheld chess computer, but it can't load PGN or PDF files or take notes and its analysis capabilities are only 2000 ELO. Fine for playing, though.