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 12 reviews
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.

Novice player's take...

In short, the Centaur chess game is engineered well, and certainly does what is advertised with respect to its features, playability, etc.; therefore, the anticipated chess game experience has been achieved. My only issue is with the quality of the construction materials chosen for the implementation of the design; it's all plastic, such that if you were to drop the board accidently, there is a good chance that something is gonna break/crack. The underside of the board should be a smooth surface in my opinion, to make it less vulnerable as well. Also, the pieces slide easily off the board if you decide to move your game, mid-game, to a new location - or - if you were to play with the board on your lap in a recliner, for instance. Lastly, this game is NOT a showpiece chess set that one would leave out 24/7 on top of a nice antique chess table and chairs for decoration when not being played, but I didn't really expect that either....

Enjoyable chess partner

Have played several games on both challenge and expert mode. Won my first game on both modes but have not beat it since. Centaur seems to play in adaptive mode even on expert level. I retired tournament play many years ago with uscf rating of 1979 but had gone over 2000 at one point. Since then I have been studying and playing Komondo at highest level so I suspect I am somewhere in the 2000 rating level. Was surprised I was able to beat centaur in both challenge and expert mode in first game in each category. After that it seemed to adapt to my level of play and have not had a win in those levels since although I can give it a really good game in either mode. I really enjoy playing on this chess computer as it does seem like a more human experience since it adapts to more or less your level but just a little bit better. One complaint I have is that I also get that strange blinking on squares in the middle of game and I have to start over again. Seems like some sort of bug in the system. Has happened in 3 out of about 20 games. But overall an enjoyable and fun chess computer. Worth the price.

I'm impressed!

I'm amazed at how well it plays using Raspberry Pi hardware. It's a nice sparring partner and it does play a challenging game on the high level. I like the lightweight board design and the pieces are heavier than I expected. I brought it to a full charge and it's nice to play games at the 90 minute level without having to plug it back in for a recharge. I've played test games against Shredder, Hiarcs and Deep Junior on my MacBook Air and it gives them a good struggle. Love the light design.

The manual says it's Ok to clean with a damp cloth but I'd prefer using a dry Swiffer cloth to clean the board.

If there is one improvement I would request it would be to expand the sound feature with a beep after each move because sometimes setting the light at the low level doesn't alert me that Centaur has moved.

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