Certabo Electronic Chess Board

Robotvinnik

endgame347 wrote:

Why pay so much when you can play online?

You can play online with a Certabo board.

jjupiter6

endgame347 wrote:

Why pay so much when you can play online?

Not all people want to sit and look at screens all the time just because it's free. Hard to believe, I know.

endgame347

oh i see now. 

zandbelt

Well the guys from Certabo keep developing, I appreciate that, read this on Twitter this morning:

Certabo_Chess @CertaboC 18 u

Online chess revolution comes from Certabo!
Now is possible to play with the Certabo boards on http://chess.com! We have developed a revolutionary smart recognition algorithm that allows playing on online chess sites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpJZcIn0q7c&feature=youtu.be

and on their website it reads:

01-Sept.-2019 Online chess revolution comes from Certabo !!

From today it is possible to play with the Certabo chess boards on chess.com !! The Certabo team has developed a revolutionary smart recognition algorithm that allows you to play on online chess sites. The Certabo Online Gaming software allows a sophisticated recognition of the remote virtual board and a perfect integration with all range of physical Certabo boards. The use is extremely simple, just start the software, choose which browser to use and click on the preferred online gaming site (if you want save your credential and will straight forward log into your account). Select game options exactly as you do now and start immediately playing on your Certabo board. Your move will appear in real time on your opponent remote board while your opponent's move, thousands of miles away, will be displayed by the LEDs on your Certabo board. The convenient and discreet informative banner if necessary will alert of your turn, to move your opponent's piece on Certabo board or even tell if you misplace a piece. Certabo Online Gaming technology does not require any integration or access to online proprietary game servers, therefore bypassing all the today limitations in theory can be used with most online gaming sites. Certabo Online Gaming software is your smart digital Certabo eye on any virtual chessboard.  Start enjoying on chess.com with the Certabo chessboards while we provide integration on Lichess and others. Currently available for PC, other platforms follow take a look at video (picture courtesy of chess.com website) and do not forget to download software and instructions from our download area.

jjupiter6

I've just played an OTB on the other free chess website using my Certabo. It worked fine.

chessroboto

Happy to find this product line.

For the current owners, can you explain a few things for me?

1. How does the Certabo handle piece movement?

2. Can you slide pieces over the board or do you have to pick up and drop pieces accurately?

3. How do you capture pieces? Pick up the captured piece first before moving the attacking piece?

4. How do you castle? Pick up the king first?

Thanks.

jjupiter6
chessroboto wrote:

Happy to find this product line.

For the current owners, can you explain a few things for me?

1. How does the Certabo handle piece movement?

2. Can you slide pieces over the board or do you have to pick up and drop pieces accurately?

3. How do you capture pieces? Pick up the captured piece first before moving the attacking piece?

4. How do you castle? Pick up the king first?

Thanks.

1) I'm not sure what you are asking here. Each piece has a unique id through a RF chip on the bottom.

2) I have slided pieces with no problems. Don't go too slow though, and I avoid sliding directly over the top of the LEDs, as a precaution

3) Yes

4) Yes

I like the fact that you can use any pieces set you want with the board. It just takes about an hour or less of removing the felt with a craft knife, very lightly sanding the bottom again to smooth it and sticking on the self adhesive RF chips.

 

Last night I played an OTB game against an opponent on chess.com. It worked very well. I would recommend a time increment of 10 seconds to compensate for the time delays.

chessroboto
jjupiter6 wrote:

I like the fact that you can use any pieces set you want with the board. It just takes about an hour or less of removing the felt with a craft knife, very lightly sanding the bottom again to smooth it and sticking on the self adhesive RF chips.

 

Last night I played an OTB game against an opponent on chess.com. It worked very well. I would recommend a time increment of 10 seconds to compensate for the time delays.

Thanks for answering my unconventional questions. These are the result of years of play with various dedicated chess computers and with the DGT board that behave differently from each other.

Your recommended time control is the same for players who use the SquareOff chess machine. You need the extra time for physical pieces to be moved. Non-issue for rapid games, but all the blitz and bullet players will ignore you.

I assume that you purchased the chess pieces from Certabo to use with your new board from them. That's the only way that I can think of acquiring the RF chips that you transferred to your preferred pieces.

I may have missed the answer to this question, but do the RF chips provide specific piece recognition (it can tell a white king from a black king) or just piece presence (it knows it's a white bishop on white square because that's where it came from)?

Thanks!

jjupiter6

You can purchase the chips separately and put them on any peice you like. Yes it has peice recognition, so you can set up a position and it will recognise what each piece is without you having to tell it. I don't play bullet or blitz so that's not an issue for me.

chessroboto
jjupiter6 wrote:

You can purchase the chips separately and put them on any peice you like. Yes it has peice recognition, so you can set up a position and it will recognise what each piece is

Thank you for the confirmation. These offerings from Certabo seem poised to be the direct competition against DGT in the consumer market for chess players and hobbyists who would like to own ONE smart chessboard, use their choice of wooden/plastic pieces, look at LEDs for move indicators (instead of a screen) and interface with EVERYTHING from Raspberry Pi, Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Chess.com via USB or Bluetooth.

What an exciting time for OTB DCC players such as myself! 

Robotvinnik

Certabo has today launched two special limited edition tournament size electronic boards to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Chess for Android app by Aart Bik.

There will be just 22 boards built (11 beige & 11 blue) and further details available at Certabo.com

 

chessroboto
Robotvinnik wrote:

Certabo has today launched two special limited edition tournament size electronic boards to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Chess for Android app by Aart Bik.

There will be just 22 boards built (11 beige & 11 blue) and further details available at Certabo.com

I really like the blue board. So "scholastic!" It works great for natural wood pieces, too.

chessroboto

With the upcoming announcement of being able to use DGT eboards on chess.com, the Certabo will have stiff competition!

Robotvinnik

Absolutely but with the Certabo boards you don't have to loose time looking at the screen to see your opponents move as the LEDs light up your opponents moves directly on the board.