|Cover Art Language:||English|
|Machine Compatibility:||Acorn Electron|
|Release:||Professionally released on Cassette|
|Available For:||Acorn Electron, BBC Model B & Commodore 64|
|Compatible Emulators:||Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))|
|Original Release Date:||10th January 1983|
|Original Release Price:||£8.99|
|Market Valuation:||£2.50 (How Is This Calculated?)|
|Box Type:||Cassette Single Plastic Clear|
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When initially loaded, the program will display a list of options similar to that shown below:
1...Set levels 2...Play 3...Replay 4...Save 5...Load 6...Continue game 7...Solve problem 8...Choose input *...OS command
The usual options required after loading are Set Levels, followed by Play.
Any operating system command can be entered. However some commands (e.g. LOAD, COPY and COMPACT) may result in the Chess program being overwritten.
When changing levels, the current settings will be displayed on the screen; any of these settings can be altered by simply typing in the new value. To leave the value unchanged just hit RETURN. To go back to the last value, hit DELETE. When you have set all the levels to the required values, hit ESCAPE.
Either a human or a computer can be selected to play black by hitting the appropriate key (C for computer, H for Human) in response to the prompt:
and similarly for white.
There are a further four values required to set the levels (in the case of a human player, this sets the level used by help - see below) and also the amount of time available for each move. These four values are:
In all cases, the higher the number the more difficult the level.
During play, the computer will beep when there is only one minute left for a move to be made. If you fail to make a move within the time limit, you can choose to either forfeit your move or the whole game.
There are three different ways of entering moves; option 8 allows you to choose the method you prefer. The choices are:
To castle, you should enter the squares that the king is moving from and to.
When you have entered your move, the piece will flash. Hit DELETE if you have made a mistake, otherwise hit RETURN (or hold down the fire button if using joysticks) to confirm your move.
When the computer has made its move, it will flash the moving piece - you can alter the move it will make as follows:
Hit f2 to force the computer to make the worst move still being considered.
Hit f3 to make it play the next worse move.
Hit f4 to make it play the next better move.
Hit CTRL-B to make it play the best move.
Hit any other key (or the fire button) to acknowledge its move. Note that it is possible to prevent the pieces from flashing for the remainder of the game by hitting CTRL-W when a piece is flashing. To switch the flashing back on, hit CTRL-W just before a piece moves.
Other Options Available At Your Move:
When modifying, the piece-type being modified is displayed at the bottom-right of the screen; the type of piece being modified can be changed by hitting N.
Entering an empty square will place a piece of the type displayed in the square. Entering a square containing another piece-type will have no effect.
Hitting f1 will reset all pieces to their starting positions.
Hitting f2 will reset all pieces for the current game - this is the same as f1 unless the board has been modified since a new game was started.
Hitting f4 will clear all pieces of the current type.
Hitting f5 will clear the entire board.
When you have finished modifying, hit CTRL-Q to quit modifying.
At the end of each game, the list of options is displayed, one of these is to replay. This will replay the last game, move by move from the beginning (or the last time it was modified). With this option, use the following keys:
Hit SPACE to go on to the next move.
Hit DELETE to go back one move.
Hit P to play from that point.
This causes all the pieces to be moved back to the positions they occupied at your last move. Any number of moves can be taken back.
If CTRL-H is hit at your move, the computer will suggest a move.
This facility allows you to change the colours used to display the board and pieces. Two values are required - the first determines which colour is to be changed as shown below:
|Value||Initial colour||Main Uses|
|CTRL @||Black||Background, Black pieces|
|CTRL A||Red||"Black" squares|
|CTRL B||Green||"White" squares|
|CTRL C||White||White pieces, text|
The second value gives the colour to be displayed, as follows:
|CTRL @||Black||CTRL D||Blue|
|CTRL A||Red||CTRL E||Magenta|
|CTRL B||Green||CTRL F||Cyan|
|CTRL C||Yellow||CTRL G||White|
These options are used to save a copy of the last game played, and re-load a previously saved game.
Hitting CTRL-Q at any time will interrupt the computer's evaluations, and force the computer to make a move.
There are two error conditions that may be encountered:
|1)||Game too long||-||This error indicates that the game currently being played is longer than the maximum allowable 128 moves. To recover, use option 7 (modify and play) and quit modify immediately.|
|2)||Too many moves||-||Reduce level, speed and/or sub-level, and use option 6 to continue the game.|
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|Download||What It Contains|
|A digital version of Chess suitable for Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))|
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