DGT Centaur Chess Computer   Free Shipping  

Product Code: DGTCENT

  • $399.00 USD

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Product Details

Since launch of this product demand has been so high that we have only been able to take care of pre-orders. We continue to take substantial deliveries of Centaurs but every time they are just filling preorders. We are still working to get extra stock to show it as available.

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
  • sensor board detects moves
  • on-square LED lights indicates the moves
  • rechargeable internal battery
  • weighted chess pieces (compatible with other DGT pieces)
  • e-Paper display of position, moves and info
  • hint system, position setup, and more
  • many languages
  • 2 Year Chess House Warranty included

Centaur is not advertised as compatible with computers or online chess portals however technical experts in forums have some exciting developments in ways to connect the Centaur further (see below)*. The computer engine is based on Stockfish.

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 15 reviews
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.,

Great product and outstanding service

Thank you Raphael very much for your help and making sure I got the board in time, really much appreciated. As for the new DGC Centaur board I can only say it is awesome. It is quite innovative yet it does feel like it is silently adjusting to your play in all modes: friendly, challenge and expert. I found expert as most challenging. You can actually feel it thinking. However, I cannot be 100% sure of the following statement but it does feel this way: you feel the cpu thinking as soon as your move is not in the books and the game takes different turn. I tried original as much as expected moves just for the fun of it.
The board is very fun and I make sure I allocate the time for this over the week end. Love it!
If you getting the board don't forget to get the bag. I think it is a must have especially if you do travel and want it to be with you which is my case. I am planning to order another one as a present for a friend.

Thank you all!


First a big thank you to Chess House for providing one of the best buying experiences I've ever had!! You guys rock!!! With the Centaur, DGT has took their very best technology currently implemented throughout all their products , and based on that, they went and thought up of a whole new type of user interface that was something completely new and unique to the entire chess computer industry, made it “Simple & Easy” and thus the Centaur was born.
My wife says that the Centaur is just beautiful to look at, and it really is. The Centaur’s light colored grey and white checkered chess board allows for excellent visualization of all the chess pieces, nice very nice. Next the play interface, it is very pleasing to the eye and clean and easy to use. The flashing circular lights and e-paper display make understanding and following the moves effortless, and the 3 brightness settings for the board move indicator lights makes even playing in direct sun light possible.
The bottom line is Centaur is an amazing concept in chess computers where “Simple” and “Easy” is the key to its amazing success. There are many fantastic and amazing feature rich chess computers out there, but the Centaur is the absolute best example of how wonderful it can be to just have the basics in the best possible configuration imaginable. Everybody loves easy and simple when it comes to technology, and the DGT Centaur is one of the finest examples I can personally think of that so elegantly represents that concept so well, and once again it is the secret to its incredible world-wide success. Whether you’re an advanced player, new to the game, an enthusiast, hobbyist, or collector, the DGT Centaur certainly offers something for everybody, and will provide timeless fun and enjoyment for years to come. The DGT Centaur is just plain fun to play and enjoy. Now I can finally retire my vintage and very rare 1988 Fidelity Designer 2100 model 6103 while its still fully fuctional

Very pleased

I’m very pleased with the digital chess board. The unit is lightly constructed, but works well. I have it setup in my study and play it on a daily basis. Overall the ease of use and the method it uses to identify move (lighted circles on the board) allows the player to concentrate on the game verses the operation of the system.

Thanks for your review! That's exactly why people are enjoying this computer. It departs from the comprehensive features which can be distracting or go unused. So it's a good alternative approach to playing chess.
Good, early impressions

I haven’t had a chance to spend a lot of time with it yet, but I am really enjoying it so far. I have only used it to set up problems to solve. Setting up positions is very easy and natural. Overall, everything about it is really summed up with one word; simplicity. My only concern is how durable it is going to be. It is somewhat flimsy to the touch. I’m afraid it can be easily broken. If it lasts then I would say it is worth the purchase.

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