DGT Centaur Chess Computer   Free Shipping  

Product Code: DGTCENT

  • $399.00 USD

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Product Details

Since June, we have been delivering pre-orders of this Centaur. There is still a backlog and the next deliveries to customers should be sent late July. We are still working to get extra stock beyond just taking care of pre-orders!

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 5 reviews

I tried so many Chess board computer but this DGT Centaur Chess board is the best. Thanks a lot and congratulations for your exceptional job.It's very easy and simple to start and to enjoy the game till the end.Regards!

Great Investment!

The DGT Centaur is truly an amazing chess set. I have enjoyed playing against it and showing it off to others.
The design is stylish enough to be used as a permanent house fixture.
The various challenge levels are enough to keep me occupied for many years to come.
I was delighted to win my first "friendly" match the other day.

This is a must have for all Chess enthusiast.

Exactly what I've been waiting for!

My DGT Centaur arrived a week ago. I plugged it in for a charge for a little while, set it up and just started playing. All I want to do is play chess when I want to play chess and be able to pause a game. I want simple yet challenging and I've always wanted black and white pieces. I carry the board around the house to play wherever I want - it's self-contained and light enough to move around effortlessly - no accessories to plug in and no apps to deal with. I just want to play chess and not deal with complex app options, plugging things in, ratings, programming, or pushing pieces down on the square I'm moving from and the square I'm moving to. I've been playing standard chess and Chess960 (without castling). I've spoken with DGT about including Chess960 in their boards but they have no interest in it even though Stockfish already has the ability to play it. If you just want to play chess using real pieces and not stare at a screen then the Centaur will work for you.

Mixed Feelings

I love the idea behind this chess board/computer. It does deliver on my main motivation for buying it, which is to play OTB chess with the minimum of hassle and independent of any other devices. There is no need to look at any screens or notation to move the pieces which is brilliant. This will definitely help me get better at OTB play.

However, I am majorly disappointed in the construction. It is built with very light plastic and can easily break. Part of my rationale for buying it was to finally have a real chessboard I could leave out as part of the furniture, but this thing is so delicate I wouldn't dare. Having to handle it with kid gloves will lessen the playability for sure. I just assumed at that price that it would be of solid construction, hence my pre-order.

My only other wish is that there was some way to capture the PGN of a played game.

Awesome Chess Computer

Intuitive, Fast, Creative - I really like this chess computer since I did not even have to read the manual. It is intuitive to use and my kids absolutely love it. Even when I am not around they can play chess against this really awesome chess computer. Well chosen Chess House!

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