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Development for Revelation II DGT Board (Update)
Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Chess Players around the World,

As one of the creative minds for Phoenix Chess Systems i am very happy to keep you informed regarding the development for the Revelation II Board. As you may know, Phoenix Chess Systems is proud to produce the Strongest and most Finest Chess Systems in the world. And as we always want to go a step further, Phoenix Chess Systems started in 2010 the coöperation for the new Chess Board with DGT 'The Chess  Innovators'. This is a perfect combination as the Revelation Board in itself was a great succes, but lacked chess piece recogniton and a possibility to reach a larger public. We are now on three quarters in our development, and are using the best products in Electronics and Woodwork to achieve again the perfection in this new development. Phoenix Chess Systems will be responsible for the 'heart' of the system, producing the 'Thinking Power'. DGT will create the Revelation II woodwork, based upon the design for the Revelation (I) and will insert their Piece Recogniton Technology. Furtermore it will use her channels to make the system widely available for the chess playing public.

We will try to add more engines to the Revelation II Chess Board, to broaden the playing styles and strength of the System. In Shredder, Deep Sjeng and Hiarcs we already now have strong base engines, but we are looking to add more engines like maybe The Baron from Richard Pijl and The King from Johan de Koning. This will give the Revelation II chess Board a strong base for playing diversified types of chess. A new feature will be to give the player the possibility to lower the performance in the system, so he can adjust in this way the playing strength overall. In this way you can let the system play from ELO ratings from 1000 ELO to around 2700 ELO. And the engines in itself also provide new options to set the ELO rating among other engine options, so the system will be a joy to play if you are an average club player or a strong opponent if your are reaching up into Grandmaster Levels.

The design will be slightly upgraded to give the Revelation II a somewhat own identity, but we want to avoid to alter the beautiful current design too much. And we uphold the idea of classic techniques, so the method of input (with pushbuttons) and 16 greyscale active OLED display. Combining new and classic is still the path we want to go.

With Shredder, Deep Sjeng, Rybka and Hiarcs the current Revelation Board is set at around 2750 ELO. See the Active Chess List for a very good indication for the Chess Systems and their chess playing strengths. On the popular German Chesscomputer Website chess computer fans from all over the world are gathering their knowledge about all the secrets for computer chess over the decades. And it is this site and these chess computer fans, who have motivated me to pursue the goals we now have achieved in computing powered chess.

During the last two quarters in 2011 i will continue to disclose information regarding this great development, and DGT will proceed informing her channels about this development. The date for delivery is not yet set, but things are progressing rapidly to a conclusion and we are aiming at end of 2011 or beginning 2012. So keep in there. You can inform Phoenix Chess Systems if you want to be part of the first series. Just use the contact form to sent me an message, and we will add you to the first series list.

A special thanks is going to Michael Völschow, creator for 'Schachcomputer.info', who has been keeping the classic dream for the chess computer systems alive together with all chess computer friends in the world. And for inspiring me through his website and personally to continue developing these fantastic systems. I am sure he and his team has been helping me in staying inspired on this quest to chess computer perfection.

Exciting times regards,
Ruud Martin


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