« Valken V-TAC Full Finger Plastic Back Airsoft Gloves, Black, Large podofo Super Mini 6CH Radio RC Remote Control Submarine with Two Blue Headlights (Blue) » 3 thoughts on “Excalibur 911E-3 King Master III Electronic Chess & Checkers Game” 44 of 47 people found the following review helpful Good for learning and training, August 7, 2008 By MWin (Sweden, Stockholm) – I bought the tabletop checkers and chess computer King Master III. In my judgement it plays chess at about 1500 Elo, but its checkers program is stronger. It’s good training for the average checkers club player, I believe. In checkers, it makes only one theoretical move towards the centre, then it starts to think. One can always take back that move and make another, if one wants greater variety. One must allow it 15 seconds or more, I think. Strategically (in checkers) it has the usual tendency to conquer space on the flanks instead of the centre, so one can often get a positional advantage. But, of course, that doesn’t mean that the game is won. But it tries to develop the single corner piece, which is good. The checker pieces are quite easy to move by pressing them gently against the board. It functions finely. Also the chess pieces are attractive. The board only gives the moves in chess coordinates (there are no lights indicating the positions). When playing chess as black, one must turn the board. This places the move display upside-down, but it is readable anyway. One cannot play games with time control. Its knowledge of chess theory is scarce but big enough to create variety (Ruy Lopez, French, Russian defence, etc.). It doesn’t know English opening or the Closed Sicilian, but plays well enough, except in certain open variants. In chess, it’s too weak for the average club player. However, these tabletops are excellent for playing blindfold chess and blindfold checkers. One can play without pieces by just pressing the squares. As one can verify position, it’s ideal for blindfold play. Then it becomes useful also to strong players. As the unit is cheap I think it’s worth its price. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 20 of 21 people found the following review helpful A Great Gift for the Young at Heart, July 25, 2011 By Coffee (South Africa) – This review is from: Excalibur 911E-3 King Master III Electronic Chess & Checkers Game (Toy) My gran has been teaching herself chess from a book, but did not own an actual chess set. Also, since she lives alone, she does not always have someone present to play chess with. I purchased this for my gran for her 86th birthday. I figured that a set like this would give her the opportunity to challenge herself and would give her a break from crossword puzzles. I will add however that my gran is always willing to learn new things and is not afraid of technology. She is however both a novice at chess and computers. I briefly tested the set out with my gran on her birthday. You move a piece by pressing down on the square that the piece is on before moving it and then pressing it down again once it is moved. That way the PC can keep track of your moves. The PC then cycles through a number of possible moves for it to take, and then asks that you make the desired move on its behalf. This is done in the same way, but first pressing the opponent piece down on the square it is on, then moving it and pressing it down again. It looks a little outdated, but it does the job. If you get stymied, there is also a “Hint” button to help you out. It is also great how all the pieces fit into the box so that they cannot get lost, but I did find them a bit on the small side. You can use pieces from another chess set if you wish, this was my first plan.. However, the board itself is quite small, so you will need to keep this in mind. Well, needless to say, my gran was very thrilled with her gift. As previously mentioned, I had worried that perhaps the pieces were a little small, but soon after, I received the following hand-written letter from her – I thought this part of the review should come from her: ” I am very happy with my beautiful King Master III Chess Set. I am still learning all the functions that this set is able to perform. I have read over the booklet many times and slowly I am better understanding the many different uses it has. I have already played the game, IE. Actually setting up the board pieces and played against the computer – But since I still have to learn to actually play chess, my moves are very random. So I did engage the computer to play both sides, IE. Black vs White so that the game could progress and that at the same time, it was hopefully starting to make sense to me. The LED is the smart part in that it tells you the kind of moves to make, etc. I hope I am not boring you with my experience with the chess set which is still very infantile, however it is entertaining and hopefully educational for me. As for the set itself, it is VERY BEAUTIFUL, I love the look of it; the pieces are very neat and elegant. I can differentiate between the pieces as each type of piece is really distinct. Now that it is out of the box, it has a place of pride on my sideboard in the dining room, but when in use for playing I place it on a table by the window where I can enjoy the morning sun and watch the birds in the garden. Thank you so much for spoiling me with this beautiful present, I am very happy with it. “ Customer images uploaded to accompany this review. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (4) Reply 15 of 15 people found the following review helpful Checkers was the selling point for me., February 26, 2010 By Snuffy X (Maryland USA) – Forget about the chess for a minute, this is the almost the only set that lets you play checkers against a computer with real pieces, so you can study what you’re doing. Overall it’s 10″ by 12″ could be rested on your lap but meant for a tabletop. 8″ by 8″ playing area, meaning 1″ squares, 5/8″ diameter magnetic checkers that are just right for the board but big enough to handle easily. Of course you get magnetic plastic chess pieces. In addition to playing full games against the machine, you can set up any chess or checkers position, and play out the situation againt the computer. It’s really good way to go over practice examples or chess puzzles from books. Of course checkers is so dead there are no instruction books anymore, but you can find some public domain works online that you can print out, search for “Checkers Made Easy” by Arthur Reisman, also try […] The chess program obviously isn’t grand master level, but it plays fair and makes logical moves. Fine for a beginner up to intermediate, I guess. Another review on Amazon gives a rating number. It also has a fun and instructive “Training Mode” for chess where you play against the computer with just your kings and your pawns, to learn how to handle pawns with no distractions, then just kings, pawns and bishops, then kings, pawns and rooks, etc. Lets a student see the moves of each piece very clearly. (Another review mentioned TROUBLE CASTLING, the trick might be that you have to MOVE THE KING FIRST, so the computer knows what you are doing. If you move the rook first, the computer thinks you only wanted to move the rook, end of turn.) But, CHECKERS is the reason to have this, the checkers program plays well enough to have some fun and really learn how to play, not just push around the pieces like I did as a kid. Checkers is deep, it’s not as complicated as chess, but that doesn’t make it exactly easy. I can see some patterns in the way the checkers program works, so it ain’t a master level program either, but it plays well enough to kick your butt if you don’t know what you’re doing. Out of the 7 possible opening moves for black, it always responds to 11-15 with 24-19, which means you gotta jump, then you get jumped, each side loses and piece, and then the computer starts really playing. To each of the other 6 openings, it always replies with 22-18, every time, no matter what level. But, you can get around this if you are really into checkers, by programming the starting position at two or 3 moves into the game, to study other opening situations, or just to get a better game started. The good points are:1. Let’s you set up any game in progress or example postion, for you to play against the computer, or you can have the computer choose the moves for each side by prssing the “hint” button each time it’s your turn, to “solve” a problem.2. Special training setups for chess that teach how to handle each piece.3. It plays CHECKERS, man, that’s fun. Other nice things, it lets you take back a move, it lets you play either black or white against the computer or have the computer play itself, it stores the current positions in memory when you turn it off. You can retrive that info from the memory in case the pieces have been disturbed. Mine still works after 3 years (a lot of time on a shelf, then sometimes used for a few weeks) Low drain on batteries. Room for Improvement:1. The checkers are black and red, red and white would be easier to see on the black squares. They won’t change that, so I painted my black checkers white.2. The squares are marked for chess co-ordinates (a1 through h8) but not with checker numbering, which is 1 through 32 on the black squares only. They ain’t gonna change that either, so I wrote those numbers in on the squares with a fine tip silver paint marker.3. On my unit the foam pad on the inside of the battery compartment cover did not press the 3 AAs in tightly enough, resulting in intermittent loss of when the batteries wiggled around. I fixed that by cutting a folded piece of paper towel to lay on top of the batteries and take up the slack, press the batteries into the holder a wee bit tighter. I like this it’s a lot of fun, an advanced chess player might want a more advanced program to play against, but but for anyone else you get a decent game of chess, PLUS the checkers. I got mine at one of the large chain toy stores, these things are all over, as Excalibur and also under “Einstein” and other brand names, maybe a different box, different brand name sticker on the unit, if it says checkers and chess and it’s under […], identical unit. I think mine was about […] at toys are us, I’m sure it wasn’t over […]. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.