With a little guidance you can choose the perfect chess computer for yourself or a family member. Think about the skill level. Is it for beginner/intermediate/expert player? Consider the function. Is it for a beginner to learn, youth or adult, improve and practice, or a casual game now and then? connect to PC to play against software? entertainment of moving it's own pieces?
How does a chess computer work?
While you play just as if you were playing a friend, you will press lightly on the squares as you move the pieces. The computer senses this, "thinks" on it's turn and tells you it's move.
The Citrine shown in this video senses the moves automatically.
Can I play a friend with my chess computer?
Yes, most computers have player vs. player mode, so that the computer asks as a referee and ensures you play legal moves.
Video: Chess Computers Explained
Electronic Chess Computer Guides
Over 600 different chess computers have been created and marketed. Here is a list of chess computers you can explore for datasheets or curiosity sake.
PDF manuals for some of the most recently sold electronic chess computers are available here.