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JerSully
29-07-2008, 07:12 AM
I'm looking for a strong handheld chess computer for my son. It has to have backlighting and a touchscreen would be nice. He's gotten to where he can beat his old one, and his new one he hates the controls and needs a backlight.

I'd read somewhere that the New York Times Deluxe Chess Game was amoung the strongest computers, and it meets my other criteria. But I think it's been discontinued because I can't find it. It looks like the Saitek Maestro Travel Chess Computer may be my second best bet, but I wanted to get opionions from more chess-savvy people.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated!

Garrett
29-07-2008, 08:24 AM
That's an interesting topic.

I've been in the chess circles for many years but I've never even heard of a chessplayer talking about thier hand-held device :eek:

I don't think they are widespread or very strong but would be interested to hear what others say.

Cheers
Garrett.

Basil
29-07-2008, 12:47 PM
... but I've never even heard of a chessplayer talking about thier hand-held device :eek:
Prevalent in the Toolbox I believe.

pax
29-07-2008, 03:14 PM
I'd suggest getting a Palm or Pocket PC, and installing a chess program such as Tiger or Genius. Either should be more than strong enough for your son, even on a relatively low power device.

CameronD
29-07-2008, 08:35 PM
That's an interesting topic.

I've been in the chess circles for many years but I've never even heard of a chessplayer talking about thier hand-held device :eek:

I don't think they are widespread or very strong but would be interested to hear what others say.

Cheers
Garrett.

Its more useful for people who take the train or maybe use during lunch breaks etc.

I got Chessmaster for the DS, its ok for up to 1500 strength, but i really wanted something to store games/openings with notes on to study personally

Brian_Jones
30-07-2008, 08:43 AM
I'd suggest getting a Palm or Pocket PC, and installing a chess program such as Tiger or Genius. Either should be more than strong enough for your son, even on a relatively low power device.

Chessbase offer Pocket Fritz 2. See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=CBFPPF2

Chess Assistant (Convekta) offer Pocket CT-Art and various other products.
See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=CHAARTP

ER
30-07-2008, 11:23 PM
How does it compare with, say, Fritz 11 though Brian?
Cheers and good luck

Kevin Bonham
30-07-2008, 11:55 PM
How does it compare with, say, Fritz 11 though Brian?


For the purposes of the question being asked in the thread it doesn't matter hugely; whether the beast plays at 2400 or 2900 is unlikely to make any difference.

peter_parr
31-07-2008, 02:12 PM
Chessbase offer Pocket Fritz 2.

Chessbase offer Pocket Fritz 3.0 (available in a few weeks) – considerably stronger than its predecessor – estimate 2550 ELO.

See what’s new August 2008

http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/whatsnew/2008/aug08/aug08.htm

zeppy
19-10-2008, 01:03 PM
i purchased a hand held chess recently, but was very disappointed in the clarity of the white pieces,I guess I should have gone with a touch screen model,with good clarity What are the top 3 models in this regard.

Redmond Barry
01-04-2009, 09:04 AM
pocket grandmaster 4.1 has been released recently and i get a free upgrade so woohoo for me.

i currently have version 3.1. and it definately is very strong.

it runs the engines "toga" and "fruit" (and another engine which unfortunately slips my mind at this moment).

i run this on a "palm treo 750 pda" and the resolution is terrific. the program contains a database facility as well. nice stuff.

you can now connect to icc and fics and play online if your pda is able to connect to the net.

excellent mobile chess program.

i think its a choice between "pocket grandmaster" and "pocket fritz" for the mantle of best program for pda unless anybody has any other contenders.

heres a site for pda chess reviews (although it seems dated) - http://www.grailmaster.com/misc/chess/comp/chessrev/chessreview.html

pocketgrandmaster - http://www.pocketgrandmaster.com/english/index.html

pocket fritz (doesnt seem to have its own site so heres what chess central has to say) - http://www.chesscentral.com/software/pocket_fritz.htm

Phil
01-06-2009, 09:50 PM
I recently purchased Shredder for the iPhone/iPod touch off of iTunes. It's excellent for approx 10 bucks.

More info here http://www.shredderchess.com/chess-news/shredder-news/shredder-apple-iphone-ipod-touch.html

Desmond
24-05-2010, 11:37 AM
I recently purchased Shredder for the iPhone/iPod touch off of iTunes. It's excellent for approx 10 bucks.

More info here http://www.shredderchess.com/chess-news/shredder-news/shredder-apple-iphone-ipod-touch.htmlDoes anyone know if it would be possible to run a Fritz Trainer video on iTouch? Preferably without having to buy any other software (even if it is only 10 bucks).

antichrist
27-05-2010, 04:14 PM
Does anyone know if it would be possible to run a Fritz Trainer video on iTouch? Preferably without having to buy any other software (even if it is only 10 bucks).

BOris, you are going to need more than a trainer to dislodge me - and why a hand held one, you want to take into dunny?