DGT Centaur Chess Computer   Free Shipping  

Product Code: DGTCENT

  • $399.00 USD

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Product Details

Since launch of this product in May 2019 demand for it has been so high that DGT's production and supply to Chess House has only covered pre-orders. We take substantial deliveries of Centaurs but every time they have just filled pre-orders - until recently. We have received a few extra and these are going quick.

Adaptive level chess computer Centaur is a beautiful chess board that adjusts to your level of play - a suitable playing partner at all times!

There's no need for computer screens or tablets. Just start playing chess naturally with intelligent auto-sensing technology. Impressive looking weighted pieces and on board lighted display within the squares themselves engage you in a fully contained, highly-tactical chess play experience that you will enjoy for hours upon hours.

The e-Paper display has nice smooth contrast which is not only easy on the eyes, it lets you view the screen at any angle and in any lighting. On this display you can see previous moves in a move-list, view hints, the score, clock, and various settings.

All this is housed in a lightweight design that you can take with you. Maybe you want to play on veranda and take in the sun.

Many other chess computers are designed to play at top strength, thereby failing to provide an optimal realistic experience at lower levels. That's where the Centaur is specifically made to excel. Whether you're a beginner, strong player, home or club player, Centaur will adjust to your level as you play. This means you'll always see a challenging game that is both educational and fun!

Here are some of the exceptional things about Centaur

  • adapts to your strength. Stockfish computer engine.
  • sensor board detects moves
  • on-square LED lights indicates the moves
  • rechargeable internal battery
  • weighted chess pieces
  • e-Paper display of position, moves and info
  • hint system, position setup, and more
  • many languages
  • 2 Year Chess House Warranty included

No advanced chess computer knowledge is required. Just use the Centaur to play, learn, train, analyze and improve your skill level.

Have fun just playing the game of chess!

Now, what really is the level of play? For those who are curious, Centaur has an ELO rating from 300 to 3000 based on very powerful Stockfish engine. In Friendly and Challenging mode, Centaur adapts as designed, adjusting to your level. In Expert mode, Centaur will be able to perform to a maximum rating of approximately 3000.



  • Board Size: 17.5 x 15.8" (444.5 x 400.5mm)
  • Square Size: 1.9" (48 x 48mm)
  • King Height: 3 3/8” (86mm)
  • Uses a Lithium-Polymeer battery

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Preview Centaur Product Manual PDF in English, German, French, Spanish.

Intro to DGT Centaur in Manual

*Open Source software

DGT Centaur uses the following Open Source software:

  • Python, the Python Software Foundation (PSF) license is applicable.
  • Python-Chess, the GNU Public License version 3 (GPL3) is applicable.

DGT would like to thank the many software developers who made it possible to develop Centaur for the many chess lovers around the world.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Centaur delivers.

This product is worth every penny. And yes, it does adapt to you playing level. I have no idea how it does it, but it does. That is amazing enough in itself, but honestly, it is the closest experience I have had with computers that mimics the feel of playing an opponent across the board, which a great part of why I bought it. It is so different from playing online and I am convinced it will help me getting ready for tournaments. and well as improve my play in general. I feel myself taking more time to make my moves.

Easy as pie to set up. I was playing in under five minutes.

The cons: very few. Bluetooth connectivity for one, so if you want to save pgn files, you have to find a workaround. The pieces could be a bit heavier, but that's a personal preference thing. Is it rugged, no. But I have no plans to use it to body surf with.

This might be the best chess purchase I've ever made (but not the most expensive). Two thumbs up.

And thanks to the crew at Chesshouse for the excellent service (as usual).

All I left to do is come up with a name for my new chess partner.

DGT Centaur

Played a few games before I finally won one. Friendly mode is quite nice.

Worth the wait and the cost

Let me preface this by stating that I have only had the chance to play half a dozen games so far, so I can not speak to its long term durability or playability.
I love this chess game! Easy to set up, and play is by far the best experience I have yet had with a computer based opponent.
No pressing the pieces down or entering the move via a keyboard or a mouse, just pick the piece and move and wait for the Centaur to respond. It is a natural feel and flow that allows one to concentrate on the game. Throughly enjoy the simplicity of the game play.
As others have stated, the weight of the board conveys a cheapness given the cost, I find it an advantage, the game is easily placed in my lap and is not uncomfortable at all and the pieces are weighted sufficiently to have a nice feel in the hand. The slick surface of the board and the bottoms of the pieces does allow them to slid around easily when trying to move the board, so caution needs to be exercised when doing so.
Still to early to speak to the advantages or disadvantages of the engine itself, but so far I find it to be on par with others I have played against. Does it adapt? Hard to say, it does seem to alter itself through a game, time will be the final arbiter of that.
Thanks to ChessHouse for supplying a great product and exceptional service, and as always great reviews of product before hand.
If you want an low cost full size game that plays well and is easy to use, buy this set!

DGT Centaur & Chess960 "Simulation"

The DGT Centaur is NOT programmed to play Chess960, but with a little fun imagination you can still enjoy a game. Using the Centaur's very easy set up mode you can set up all the pieces in a standard Chess960 manner, and hit play & enjoy. To castle 960 style just go into setup & move the pieces for either yourself or the computer if you wish, & hit play to continue the game. The Standard rules of chess still apply & Centaur plays just fine on all 3 play modes as well. So go grab your Centaur and try this amazing little trick to enjoy a pretty good approximation of a Chess960 game.

The feature set is there...but it feels cheap and outdated.

$400 chess computer.
All the features you want are there. I love playing against it. I love the Kindle like screen.

What can be improved
1. Why is this not a IoT connected device that can be updated (software)
2. Why doesn't this have a bluetooth or wifi connection to a phone app so I don't have to push plastic buttons in a fairly convoluted setup
3. Why isn't this encased in real sturdy wood so that it feels like a quality board

It is still a 3/5 rating because I do enjoy playing against it. I believe it is overpriced.,

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