Millennium Chess Computer - The King Performance   Free Shipping  

Product Code: MIL830

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Product Details

This new computer closes the gap in the Millennium range between the Chess Genius Pro and their flagship Chess Genius Exclusive.

With a size approximate 15 x 17 inches, the real wooden frame, pieces, 81 LEDs built in the board and the powerful processor of the Exclusive, it comes true to its title offering amazing Peformance.

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

A connection to the ChessLink for playing with mobile devices on the board completes the device.

With this chess computer you play like a king!

The new The King Performance contains the legendary chess program The King by Johan de Koning. With its classic, harmonious design in a real wood frame, it is the perfect size for playing at home. The chessboard in veneer wood offers 81 LEDs for move indication and the new High Sensitive pressure sensor technology highly comfortable gaming fun. The handmade real wood figures round off the high-quality impression perfectly, or you can choose to use your own pieces!

In addition, there is an opponent waiting for you, who offers completely new and interesting challenges with his very active, risk-taking, sometimes even spectacular playing style. You won‘t play against any chess computer in a more human way! The function for saving different opponent personalities allows you to configure your own "personal king" step by step.

For the first time, the popular Chess960 game has been integrated according to the official FIDE rules. In addition, the new performance device also offers the connection to the ChessLink, so that you can play on the sensor board also against chess apps and even online against chess partners around the world.

  • Chess computer with the legendary program The King by Johan de Koning
  • Real wood housing with illuminated display (54 x 27mm)
  • Smooth-running MILLENNIUM HIGH Sensitive pressure board with 81 LEDs and handcrafted wooden figures.
  • 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

Specifications

  • 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

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Customer Reviews

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I like it!

Having owned many standalone chess computers from the glory days of the past, including models from Mephisto, Fidelity, SciSys, Saitek, Radio Shack, Novag, etc., I’ve been excited to see the introduction of modern machines by Millennium and now own both their ChessGenius Pro board and this King Performance. I knew going in that this is a pressure sensory board rather than a more elegant auto-sensory board, meaning you have to press your pieces down on the squares for the computer to register moves. I also knew the playing field of this board is not real wood, but a wood-grain look plastic. So it’s not quite the fluid and aesthetic experience you get with an authentic wood computer chess board where all you do is lift the piece, move it, and set it back down. But the King Performance goes a ways to ensuring you don’t mind so much by providing pressure sensors that easily register when you press down on the piece rather than having to lift the piece out of the way and press down with a fingertip, like the ChessGenius and CG Pro. Also, having squares that light up in all four corners around the active piece is a welcome feature compared with boards that require you to look to a screen or display off the board somewhere for this information, or older boards that required you to look to X-Y coordinate LED’s. This makes for a much more natural playing experience. Another nice option made possible by the pressure sensor squares is you can use any playing pieces that fit—they don’t need to be magnetic or have special electronics. To top it off, for me anyway, you get to play against Johan de Koning’s King chess engine, which is both exciting and refreshing. Add in the ChessLink option and there really isn’t anything else currently in the market like it, at least not near this price point.

A couple minor complaints to make this totally honest— the metallic gold foil panel on mine had some debris trapped under it and it wasn’t stuck down flat; rather than return it for exchange, I braved the process of prying up the foil to clear it out. I was prepared to fabricate something to replace it, like a piece of walnut wood veneer, but thankfully it stuck down again without a wrinkle. Also, the pieces that come with the King Performance are kind of cheap looking and from a bottom tier in both price and quality compared with what you can find elsewhere in the chess market. I immediately replaced mine with some vintage French Lardy pieces I had stored away. If you replace your pieces, you’ll want to know that the squares are 40mm (about 1-9/16”), so you’ll be looking for pieces probably not exceeding a 3” King with a base diameter of around 1-1/4”. I tried larger pieces and the board was too crammed for my taste. There are some interesting discussions on mating chess pieces with chess boards if you Google it. I was tempted for some time to purchase the CG Exclusive and King Element add-on computer, but then I’d be stuck with pieces I don’t find all that attractive unless I bought a replacement set and figured out how to remove the proprietary sensors and reinstall them in another set. I appreciate all aspects of chess, including the aesthetic experience of playing on a nice board with nice pieces. So, all in all and in case you can’t tell by now, I like the King Performance and am glad I bought it. It’s not quite in the same aesthetic class as the top wooden electronic boards of yesteryear, but it’s nice “enough”, almost certainly plays better chess, isn’t 25+ years old, and doesn’t cost $1,000. Recommended.

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The King Performance

Finally, a chess computer that can be adjusted to be the type of opponent you are looking for. From a teacher to an equal player to the ultimate challenge. Attitude plus level of play plus many other options are available to make the King perfect for many players. All functions work well in this good looking unit. On top of all this , the Chess House is a friendly place with prompt service. Everyone there have been very helpful.

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The king Performance

The king Performance is an excellent computer for general play and learning! I found the menus to be straightforward, with a very logical flow, since the computer offers a variety of user selectable settings. Navigating through them is no issue, although I downloaded the long PDF manual from Millennium's website for more detailed information.

I am very satisfied with this computer!

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The King Performance

I forgot to add this to my last note, I have had maid a bespoke tinted cover and base to look after my chess set and leave the pieces on the board should i stop playing at any point until i return to continue. It really compliments the chess set, maybe Chess House should investigate this option for future and present buyers

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I LOVE this chess computer!

It is so pleasant to play on. I am a beginner chess player and it just feels so nice and intuitive. I have it on the easiest possible setting but I still cannot beat the computer. However, it is making me a better player as I am now starting to predict what the computer will do. Definitely feels human-like to me, however I am not a frequent chess player so your experience may be different. Adding pressure to the squares when you make a move does take a bit of time to get used to, however it is a small price to pay to be able to use any chess piece set in the event you want to upgrade. One of the pieces had a crack, I reached out to Chess House and received a replacement in 3 days free of charge.. Overall very impressed and it looks great on my wooden desk in NYC, ready to play me anytime I want!




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