We are producing the Reflection module with the two module concept. When we introduced the Reflection module three years ago, we received feedback that reading the small display was for some of our customers not easy to do. Furhermore touch operation was asked, to make it easier to use the emulations without the use of the virtual keyboard. Both are now integrated in the set. The second larger LCD display module contains touch and has twice the readability.
All Richard Lang emulations were already available : London, Vancouver, Lyon, Portorose, and Almeria. We added : Novag Diablo, Super expert B and C. Mephisto Glasgow, Amsterdam, Dallas, Roma, Polgar(5 and 10), MM5, MM4, Rebel and Saitek Montreux and Risc2500. Added without costs : Fidelity V2, Saitek Corona, Mephisto Nigel Short, Mephisto Milano, Sphinx 40 and the Novag Robot Adversary.
Price for this set is 1499 Euro. (updated 14 october 2020)
For the current Reflection module owners, you can acquire the software upgrade to all these emulations. This update is through an SDcard exchange. We will release an instruction video of how to do this yourself.
Price for the SDcard update is 399 Euro. (updated 14 october 2020)
Also for current Reflection module owners, you can acquire the additional larger LCD display module. For this the software upgrade is needed and it depends on the Reflection build version you have. This is decisive if you can use the touch option on the additional display.
You can check this youself. By removing the back plate of the module you can see if the PCB is black or green. Please be careful not to take out the PCB as the LCD is connected to it, and you easily loosen it.
Green : Touch option cannot be enabled. Black : Touch option can be enabled, but we need the module for this to solder some jumpers.
Price for SDcard update and the new LCD module 799 Euro. (updated 14 october 2020)
The new Reflection II will be serialised and has a named certificate from Phoenix Chess Systems.
Phoenix Chess Systems partners with Millennium to take computerchess to ‘the next level’
It has been a very interesting computerchess career, developing my first chess program when I was 14 although computer chess as a whole and for the world was yet unknown to me. This changed decades later when I started to develop some of the most powerful chess computers : 2005 the Resurrection Module, later the Revelation Computer Chess Board and in 2013 the Revelation II as a joint venture with DGT.
Now this unique success story is being continued with MILLENNIUM. The know-how of MILLENNIUM and the expertise and ideas of Phoenix Chess Systems will take computer chess to the next level. We are rethinking chess computers completely. This new generation should combine an unprecedented variety of functions with a highly intuitive operation.
“It is almost like the chess game of the 21st century, in which 40 years of chess computer tradition from Munich interweave with the future in online gaming as if by magic”, says Thomas Karkosch, COO of MILLENNIUM.
Ruud Martin, CEO of Phoenix Chess Systems : “A logical next step but with enormous potential. Looking forward to work with Thomas Karkosch, Ossi Weiner and the whole MILLENNIUM team for the coming years.”
New Reflection II and software update for Reflection available in september 2020.
The new set will be available in september 2020. We added 23 emulations, and you can operate the emulations by using a touch stylus. You can obtain the complete set or do the upgrade in only software on your existing module. Or even upgrade your existing module with additional (touch) LCD display.
The emulations Novag Robot Adversary, Fidelity V2, Saitek Corona (C en D+), Mephisto Nigel Short and Milano (two versions) and Sphinx 40 are added free of charge.
Revelation II Anniversary Edition chess board is a complete chess system based upon the first Revelation chess board. It is based upon a powerful IMX7D dual core processor and produces a chess rating of over 3000 ELO using the world champion programs Komodo, Shredder, Hiarcs and Stockfish.
Pricing for the Revelation II with the Timeless Piece Set including the carrying bag is 2.849 Euro (including 21% VAT) and the 2019 Full Emulation pricing is available at 699 Euro (including 21% VAT).
If you wish to change the Piece Set (see pictures below) :Add 20 Euro for the Classic, 50 Euro for the Royal , 100 Euro for the Ebony and 200 Euro for the FIDE Piece Set. If you want extra weighted pieces, please add an additional 100 Euro to the price.
The systems primary function is to play against modern age top chess programs. These programs combined with the processing power aboard this systems gives unprecedented chess playing quality. But if you like you can also set the engines to play at levels starting from 1500 Elo. Included are also the emulations of the chess computers back in the 80’s and 90’s in which chess play against dedicated chess computers was at its peak. Remember the great Dutch Aegon tournaments?
The historic emulation function is a combined concept using emulation and the classical world champion modules for the Mephisto Series, and as I may say a very successful one. The emulation will run (varying upon the chosen processor) to up to 15 times faster than the original emulations, so in many cases they will run faster in comparison to the World Champion Editions from the eighties (remember the Tournament machines with the Motorola 68030 at 36 Mhz and 2MB Hash?). These emulations are great for the moderate chess players, and in combination with the current engines will give a broad range of chess playing experience to the customers. For the Emulations we have some extra good news. Phoenix Chess Systems als has the agreement with Ed Schröder and Johan de Koning, so not only the Richard Lang Emulations will be included but also the Ed Schröder Emulations an de Koning Emulations. And if you have the other originals systems, up to 23 emulations will be available.
The Revelation can operate as a DGT Bluetooth E-Board and even displays information, normally on the DGT XL clock, on the Revelation II display in this modus.
The highlights for the system are:
– Included is a carrying bag for the complete system, so the Chess Board is wel protected, and can be transported without risk; – Fully standalone Chess Board, equipped with onboard embedded IMX7D dual core high performance processor to facilitate the onboard chess engines; – The IMX7D is a modern processor and runs at 1,0 Ghz in dual core; – The implementation of this IMX7D has a 32 bit wide databus, and a large cpu cache to ensure that the engines will run at their best performance; – 1GB of DDR3 Ram ensures enough memory for large Hash tables; – 4 Gigabyte of Flash memory, so there is plenty of storage to upgrade with additional Chess Engines as they become available; – ELO levels can be adjusted to play at your level (depending on engine settings); – The Chess Board is multi chess engine, so you can select from a number of Chess Engines; – The Chess Board will contain three commercial engines at delivery, but can be upgraded with more Chess Engines; – Included are Komodo, Hiarcs and Shredder to ensure you have top performing Chess Engines; – As a courtesy of some well-known programmers Fruit, Toga, and over 15+ shareware engines are also included; – The Chess Board is using the great Piece Recognition Technology from DGT, so analyzing and setting up chess positions are simple as that; – The Chess Board is based upon the Revelation I Chess Board design, but now has slightly separated stands and they will be in black finish, resulting in a classic modern look; – A larger display with double resolution, based upon the newest OLED technology, gives detailed information over the current chess game; – The oled display as well as the led technology around the chess fields to indicate the moves are all made up from a gentle and elegant green lighting; – All focus is upon beauty and passion for the chess game, so despite all electronics onboard, you will have a fine, wooden chess board of high quality with great pieces; – For PC communication Bluetooth is available. This way you can upgrade with newest firmware when available or even newer Chess Engines, and upgrades on existing Chess Engines. – As a bonus the UCI server is added so you can also play chess engines on your PC as if they are installed on the Revelation II. This software is added free of charge. A good reliable bluetooth up and downlink is necessary to use this feature.
We want to highlight the usage for a OLED display, which is a state of the art method of displaying information. It is green, and matches the led signalling on the board.
The piece sets
Please add the indicated additional price to the base pricing if you would like to upgrade the Piece set:
The Emulator is a combined concept using emulation and the classical world champion & top modules for the Mephisto Series and developed for the first series Module Sets and Chess Board. During the years more emulation were added resulting in the current 2019 Full Edition.
It contains all existing Richard Lang Module Sets programs based upon the 68000 processor and the Polgar, MMIV, MMV and Rebel programs based upon the 6502 processor from Ed Schröder. Also the emulations from all programs in the popular Tasc systems are included (Ed Schröder and Johand de Koning). The Glasgow, Super Expert B and C and Diablo programs as well as the Fidelity V2, Nigel Short, Milano, Corona and Sphinx 40 are all emulated (however due to copyrights on the original software these are not included). The speeds of emulation vary from a factor 1 to 15 times faster than the original speeds, giving the programs higher ELO ratings. Tasc Emulations + Risc2500 and Montreux are running at almost original speeds. The Fidelity V2 runs 15 times faster. The Emulations are now available to the Phoenix Chess Systems customers and available for the Revelation II Board System.
You can buy the Emulation Software for 699 Euro including VAT. For this you acquire the emulation, and the Richard Lang license for the Amsterdam, Dallas, Roma, Almeria, Portorose, Lyon, Vancouver and London programs including the needed licenses from Richard Lang. And also the Ed Schröder license for the Polgar, MMIV, MMV and Rebel programs including the needed licenses from Ed Schröder. Also included are the Tasc King and Schröder programs plus the Montreux and Risc2500. For the Novag Robot Adversary, the Fidelity V2, Milano, Nigel Short, Corona, Sphinx 40, Glasgow, Super Expert B and C and Diablo programs, if you own the chess computers, you can also obtain these emulations.
To give an indication of what the emulation can do let’s look through some screens available under the software. The opening screen says it all. Here you select which program you wish to emulate.
Below screenshots for the Polgar and Tasc are displayed.