DGT Centaur Chess Computer

Product Code: DGTCENT

  • $399.00 USD
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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.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 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)

 

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.



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Great entry point plastic machine but competition is coming soon with wood

As always a great video from Raphael and the Chess House. All in all, a nice little machine for that price point but dont expect too much.

I do own this machine (ordered it directly from DGT to get it at release date) and this is definitively plastics. Feels ok but not that sturdy. The back of the machine is quite strange actually. The e-Ink display is nice but you have to cope with its dimensions (a tad too small for a good reading even with the largest font) and its special refresh which is the way e-Ink displays work. The point of not having a power cord is actually AWESOME !

The board size is also very good but you will have to cope with the light circles (I do prefer simple 1 or 4 LED per squares). The combination of the board+chessmen makes the pieces moving / slidding too much on the board for my own taste as there is no felt on the bottom of the pieces and the board has no grip. I can smell that blitz games would be quite painful to do.

The strenght of this machine is very very good and is stronger than the Millenium Exclusive King / Lasker for sure (I have played the two machines against each others). The options for the Chess engine are very limited. You don't even have the standard cadences.

If you want something with more options, do pass your way as Raphael said, and get that Millenium Genius Exclusive, King or Lasker. It is double the price but worth it.

Ah, also forgot to say that Millenium will release in Fall 2019 a new machine called the King Performance with a similar price point. This new machine made of wood and plastic will have a strenght similar to the Millenium King (so weaker than the Centaur) but still plenty enought for most of us (the King is at around 2600 Elo). See it there: https://computerchess.com/en/the-king-performance-2/

Decisions, decisions ...




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