Millennium Chess Computer - The King Performance   Free Shipping  

Product Code: MIL830

  • $449.00 USD

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Product Details

The King Performance offers great aesthetics with a real wooden frame, wooden pieces and 81 LED on board move display. Inside is the legendary software The King by Johan de Koning.

With a size approximate 15 x 17 inches, the real wooden frame, pieces, on board display and the powerful processor of the Exclusive, it offers amazing Performance. 

  • PLAY AND IMPROVE at chess with this classic, harmonious design, perfect for home. The moves are displayed on the board with 81 LEDs. Make your moves by pressing the squares and enjoy the game for hours!
  • TAKE IT ALONG by adding ChessVolt Powerpack option available separately.
  • ADD VARIETY with unique Chess 960 Variant. Enjoy an extremely wide range of playing levels and styles to experiment and discover. Expansive Opening Move Library from Hiarcs provides a very broad and modern play approach guaranteeing variety in opening moves.
  • HUMAN LIKE Play in a way that feels like you are challenging a friend! The King software is an extremely active, risk-taking and often downright spectacular style for interesting games. The function for saving different opponent personalities allows you to configure your own "personal king" step by step.
  • EASY/COMFORT MODE for players new to chess provides the most common options and levels in an easy-to-follow menu. EXPERT MODE offers all the advanced features that King Performance offers.
  • FUTURE PROOF with updates via USB so you can enjoy the benefits of future upgrades.
    ONLY PLAY READY with optional ChessLink add-on module for King Performance lets you connect to play others around the world or play other chess engines on mobile devices.

In addition to Johan de Koning's engine known from the King Element, the Chess960 variant was implemented for the first time.  

The King is stronger than the Chess Genius with an estimated 2450 ELO. With this chess computer you play like a king!



New features in latest update version 2.61/1.40

With the free update, King Performance becomes even more versatile: now offering 4 adaptive game levels that correspond to your abilities. On the entry level "Play & Win" even newcomers to chess have fun playing with the computer, here it is easy to defeat. In addition, there are the new ELO levels, where you get an approximate estimation of your own rating. From now on the computer allows you to save up to 9 games. Also it is now able to give up the game or offer a draw. The new division of the menu system into a comfort mode and an expert mode is helpful to find your way easily through the extensive functional equipment. A further feature: the brightness of the LEDs can now be set to your liking.

Play Online with Optional Add-on ChessLink Module. 

Using the ChessLink module and free apps, you can play online on Lichess and For professional tournaments, you can use the platform. You play directly on the board - against millions of people around the world! Your opponent's moves are displayed with the LEDs on the board. Enjoy real gaming experience and concentration while playing online like never before.


  • Real wood housing (border only) with illuminated display (54 x 27mm). Playing surface is faux wood (plastic for pressure sensitive board).  
  • 7 different user books included
  • Chess960 (Fischer Random Chess) according to official FIDE rules
  • Included connection to the ChessLink module for using chess apps (on numerous external devices)
  • Selection of different opening books: Classic Aegon Book, the Master Book (with over 300,000 positions) by Mark Uniacke, or special User Books
  • Storage of games as well as optional download of opening libraries or firmware updates
  • Configure up to 3 "player personalities" and play like against real chess grandmasters
  • Infinite number of difficulty levels, variably adjustable from beginner to international grandmaster


  • Dimensions: 39 x 43.5 x 2.6 cm (15 3/8 x 17 1/8 x 1 inches)
  • Square Size:  4 cm (1.57 inches)
  • King height: 7.4 cm (3 inches)
  • Menu operation: 7 language settings available
  • Connections: USB, DIN, main adapter (9v DC)
  • Processor: ARM Cortex M7 with 300 MHz, 2048 KB ROM, 348 KB RAM
  • Program: The King by Johan de Koning



Optional Chess Volt Add-On

Chess Volt

This battery pack provides that portable power source while you're camping or simply in the back yard. The ChessVolt guarantees many hours of playtime regardless of the power grid. Simply connect your chess computer with the supplied cable. 

To include with your purchase, Check the Box in Accessories above Add to Cart. Or visit the Chess Volt product page.

Customer Reviews

Based on 79 reviews
Arvin Melton
Great Chess Computer

I researched buying a chess computer and The King Performance seemed like the best deal for the money. The reviews on YouTube were all very favorable. I contemplated purchasing the Mephisto Phoenix but could not reconcile spending four times the amount of what I paid for The King. Moreover, there was never any mention of whether Mephisto could play Chess 960 or whether it was part of the chess engine programing.
I am very happy with the King. I tried Chess 960 and have come to really like that version of the game. In fact, I have noticed that my classical chess skills have improved by playing 960.
The King Performance is running a very good chess engine that can be enjoyed by anyone including children. I like Millennium’s merger of the technological with the organic. It is a well put together computer running the Arm 7 M processor encased in a wooden frame with wooden pieces. In my opinion, it was worth spending a little more for the King Performance than buying the The King Competition; wood is nicer than plastic.
Finally, I would like to thank Chess House for putting up with my impatience regarding shipment. Due to no fault from Chess House, my insistence that my computer should be shipped to my post office box resulted in SmartPost getting involved in the shipment. According to the tracking, my package arrived in Houston within three days only to sit in some warehouse for two weeks. My anticipation was well worth it.

Ingrid Davis

No book about how this set works

Nice product, fast service


Daniel Price
King performance and service

Magnificent game and program. Beautiful pieces and board. Very fast delivery and great customer service - unmatched. Highly recommended game and chesshouse both.

Flexible standalone chess computer

I think it helps a prospective buyer to compare to other products someone might be looking at:

The DGT Centaur is cheaper, has a built in battery. It has less options for setting difficulty though. And is all plastic. Personally, I didn't care for it's looks, and wondered if the options were too limited for my tastes, in terms of difficulty levels.

There's a number of electronic chess boards out there. Chessnut Air. Various DGT models. Millenium e-one. These are not standalone chess computers. You have to use them with an external device like a smart phone. Which may mean 10 to 20 years from now you might have trouble if technology changes or support drops. Personally, I didn't want to deal with externally computed devices tied to current tech.

There's a few options in which you buy a computer and hook it to a board. To me, that's better than relying on a smart phone. This would be like the DGT PI chess computer, and some of the Millenium boards. I was especially pleased with the Millenium options, such as the Chess Classics Exclusive. Which has a sensor board, and a separate dual engine computer you plug into the board. Nothing wrong with this other than price, and the need for yet another separate piece to deal with.

I chose the King Performance for these reasons:
* Almost 100% standalone, except for battery pack ( Volt)
* I wasn't that excited by using this to play online with others, so the need to buy the expensive and annoying Chess Link wasn't a deal killer for me, as I may decide never to buy it
* I wanted a wood look
* I wanted the King program, for it's flexible options
* Having to push down on squares wasn't a deal killer for me; there's even an advantage, in that you can use any pieces you want, as the pieces contain no special gizmos to work with board sensors

I find the menu easy to use. Especially the Comfort menu which is probably sufficient for a lot of players. The manual seems clear. Simply plug it in ( or plug in the Volt which I suggest buying if you want to be able to play anywhere.) Select your level, such as a Comfort adaptive level. Setup the pieces, then press the New game button. Then just press the starting square and ending square of your piece. The King Performance will then light up the squares the opponent's piece is moving from/to.

You will want to review the manual, for understanding castling, pawn promotion, and any other special moves. Also, you will probably want to know how to take back moves.

Sometimes I get confused as to why I get some error. One cause of error, is where the board thinks you pressed the square twice. After some practice, you will figure out how to cope with this. One common scenario is that it thinks you pressed source square twice. Just push it one more time, then press destination.

When in doubt, use the somewhat akward feature in the menu to confirm board state.

It's mostly easy to use. I do suggest reading the manual carefully. The Comfort manual came with the board. You can download and print out expert manual.

Some general comments on things that are perhaps not ideal:
* It would be lovely to have the ability to play the comfort levels in expert mode, because the expert mode display is more helpful, showing the current book opening ECO codes, and more information on the current eval. I can kind of understand why they separated this. You can simply play the fun levels in expert mode, but I don't think they are adaptive. But you can probably find some level that works for your ability of play in expert move as there's a lot of options
* Sometimes I get confused as to the state of the game. Especially if I am trying to take back moves. I think with experience using it, I will find it more easy
* Due to the small display, the menu option to check where pieces are on the board isn't very nice to use, just realize you will have to use up/down arrows, as you can only view top or bottom half of board
* Personally, a hint button would be really nice, along with a check board state button. But the menu is mostly easy to use. Learn what's in the menu

There's a lot I have not tried to use, like setting up a position, or getting the computer to play a specific opening via forcing moves. I apologize for the incomplete review, but I don't expect to exercise all of it's features, and thought I should write a review from a new user perspective.

Overall, it seems to be a good product, which pretty good software running inside it. Durability is something I will have to see, when I have owned it for some years.

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