I've been a novice player for years, but never took chess seriously until now. With the pandemic, I thought it would be fun to get a good chess computer to play and learn against to strengthen my game, and this doesn't disappoint. Playing on a real chessboard is so much different than playing on a computer, and so I felt it was essential for me to practice with physical pieces. There isn't much info on this computer online from an absolute beginner perspective, so I thought it could be helpful to have one here.
high-quality construction. Despite being such a thin (and large) board, there is no flex. Not that I transport it around much, it just sits on my desk most of the time. Pieces are of good weight, although not of very high quality. Lots of plastic molding lines and spurs - plus the pieces slid too easily on the board. Not a big deal until the table gets bumped and they slide. The eInk display is excellent, and all chess computers should have this! The light grey and dark grey squares are pleasant and easy to distinguish for me without issue. The round LED move indicator lights are perfect, which makes playing the computer that much more entertaining - even in full sunlight. Battery life is decent; It will probably last 6 or so hours of constant use, but I leave it plugged in most of the time.
Despite what the product description says, the computer doesn't let me win approximately 50% of the time :( I've only beat it once in 20 games on the friendly level. Haven't even tested the other levels yet. Taking back moves is super easy, which is a great way to learn from your mistakes when playing against a computer. Analyses mode is pretty fun; the computer scores each move as you and another human play. The game analyses helps with checking moves that score the best, but it's up to the human to figure out why. No in-game line analysis. But, that's why I use chess analysis software. Lastly, I never thought I would care about exporting the game moves to a computer for analysis, but it would be *really* nice to do so. Since I'm on my own to learn, I've relied on books and computers for strategy development and find where I made mistakes. For such a high priced computer, a simple export game feature would great because typing in moves by hand is slow. I get around this by having the free Stockfish app open and mirror the moves in that program from the physical game I'm playing, but that can be annoying and distracts me from the game.
The centaur is a solid chess computer, easy to play and use - even for my kids. Of course, there could be things that would make it even better, but the pros out-weight the cons.
I gave this beautiful set to my best friend as a birthday gift and he absolutely loves it
Exactly what I was looking for in a chess set. Now I am playing with visible pieces on a clear chess mate. Options made it nice. Highly recommend!!
I was attracted to this set because the pieces came with a very nice wooden box. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the box and the chess pieces. They are more beautiful than pictured and I’m very happy with this purchase. The company was a pleasure to do business with!
Arrived on time and exactly what i was looking for. Also, great price!
I have chess sets damned near everywhere, including BnB properties.
These are fantastic to just leave laying around by chess sets. They’re thin, and can be folded to jam even inside a travel set. I’m surprised how often I find them opened up and used.
I hate the hardback and collegiate ones. They’re too thick. I prefer these because of their thinness and light weight. I finally found the perfect scorebook.
Love the quality of the board and pieces. Size is perfect for little 10 year old fingers. He is very happy with this chess set. Magnets holding well. Storage case helps our young one keep the chess pieces where they belong, and not mixed in with the Legos. Chess House's web site is well-organized and easy to use. Overall, this was an excellent experience that efficiently delivered a superb product. Kudos, Chess House!
We love the chess set! It is beautifully constructed, the chess pieces are super nice and the board is the perfect size! It was a gift to my husband and he is beyond thrilled with it. Great service. Got here quickly! Would recommend to everyone!
Gorgeous details, solid work, obviously made with love. This is a real showpiece. It is slightly large for our table so we are considering exchanging for a smaller version but we have no complaints whatever about the quality or style. It's a beauty.
This company is on top of their orders. They respond very quickly, ship quickly, package the materials well and it was just a good experience. If I ever need more chest supplies, I will definitely use this company again. The marble pieces that we ordered are beautiful.
Good wood materisl and exactly the right fit for what I needed it for. Also, looks very nice
I received the computer,nicely packed even sooner than I expected.I have played a few games and the big problem is the small screen.I have real problems reading it.Also,when using Hint The Move disappears very fast..By the time I find the small notation,it vanishes.I had 3 other computers .Kingmaster 11 ,
and 111 and didnt have this problem Maybe some of the features will convince me its worth this much money. The board is also a bit small ,although not much smaller than the Kingmasters.I will write more after getting aclimated to the computer.
Good day! I have purchased the centaur chess board. The shipping was fast with no damage. I work in juvenile corrections and often play with the kids. I like the simplicity and portability of the board . So far it works flawlessly. I do not have any issues with the build quality of the board - it suits my needs: light weight with and internal battery. I will however, complain about the chess pieces. They are cheap and slid too easy on the board. I would be willing to pay more for quality weighted wood pieces. Chess house you should look at offering an adapted set of higher quality chess pieces as an add on for this board. Overall very happy and will buy again from chess house.
Beautiful little set! Perfect for travel w/o worries of losing the positions. The board is held securely and the magnets are strong. The only negative thing to mention are the presence of several air bubbles in the film that comprises the board squares.
The set is very elegant. It looks nice enough to display. The pieces are big and rounded, the king is exactly 3.75 inches like standard sets but all other pieces are bigger than those of the standard sets. See my pictures for comparisons of each piece.
The standard club pieces are on the left side, the inspiration set is on the right. The king is the same height as the standard one but it's base is wider and body is thicker.
Perfect affordable elegant chess set for decor and play. Has some slight imperfections but only if you look closely at it.