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Chess-Master,
a dedicated chess computer series manufactured in the 80s by VEB Mikroelektronik „Karl Marx“ Erfurt, East Germany, in West Germany sold by Radiophon. Chess-Master ran on an 8-bit U880 CPU, which was an unlicensed Z80 clone, and had 10 KB ROM and 2 KB RAM. The chess program was initially written by Dieter Schultze and Rüdiger Worbs.

Automatic piece recognition was implemented with Hall effect sensors under each square of the chessboard, while pieces had two reverse directed permanent magnets with different compensation embedded, so that a cyclic running multiplexed I/O program, also polling the keyboard, could recognize the pieces [1] [2] .

Chess-Master played the 3rd World Microcomputer Chess Championship 1983 in Budapest, running on a 2.5 MHz processor, searching 12 - 15 nodes per second [3], and competed with Fidelity Sensory 9 for the title of the best commercial entry [4].
Chess-Master [5]

Chess-Master Table

The Chess-Master Table was a rare piece of jewelry. Only approximately 10 issues were build for special purposes - for instance, one Chess-Master Table was dedicated to Fidel Castro, a gift by Erich Honecker [6] [7] .
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Chess-Master Table [8] [9]


Chess-Master Diamond

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Chess-Master Diamond,
the improved Diamond version was contributed by Rüdiger Worbs and Wolfgang Pähtz [10] , and was released in 1987 [11] .
Chess-Master Diamond [12]


Video Chess-Master

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The Chess-Master program was further ported to the KC 85/2 personal computer (an Amstrad CPC clone) by Wolfgang Pähtz.
Video Chess-Master Screen [13]


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References

  1. ^ OEM und Sonstiges - Schachcomputer "ChessMaster" from Robotron-net.de (German)
  2. ^ Chess-Master circuit diagram hosted by Robotron-net.de
  3. ^ Frederic Friedel (1984). Move from the East. Report of the WMCCC 1983, Personal Computer World, January 1984
  4. ^ David Kittinger (1984). Report from Budapest. Computer Chess Digest Annual 1984 pp. 34
  5. ^ CM, Schachcomputer in der DDR from Wikipedia.de (German)
  6. ^ VEB Mikroelektronik Erfurt from Schachcomputer.info - Wiki (German)
  7. ^ Karsten Bauermeister (1999). Deutsch-Deutsche Geschichte(n). Computerschach und Spiele. No. 5, October-November 1999, pp 32-33 (German)
  8. ^ Kombinat Mikroelektronik Erfurt (KME) from Wikimedia Commons, Photo by Erdmann Schleinitz
  9. ^ Chess-Master Schachtisch from Schachcomputer.info Wiki (German)
  10. ^ Chess-Master Diamond from Schachcomputer.info Wiki (German)
  11. ^ Chess-Master Diamond from Schachcomputer.info Wiki (German)
  12. ^ Kombinat Mikroelektronik Erfurt (KME) from Wikimedia Commons, Photo by Erdmann Schleinitz
  13. ^ KC-Archiv: gute Spiele(3)
  14. ^ OEM und Sonstiges - Schachcomputer "ChessMaster" from Robotron-net.de (German)
  15. ^ VEB Mikroelektronik Erfurt - Chess-Master Diamond, pdf hosted by Hein Veldhuis
  16. ^ VEB Mikroelektronik Erfurt - Chess-Master Diamond, pdf hosted by Hein Veldhuis

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