The Exclusive handmade, elegant wooden sensor chess board brings luxury electronic chess home in style.
New in April 2017 and built with new technology, you will enjoy a beautiful chess set with intuitive play built in.
Every move played is ultra-clear with the 81-LED lighted board display. As you make your moves the location lights up. Same with the computer moves. You know instantly what moves it is playing and slide the piece to complete Exclusive’s move.
At 40 cm square, (15 3/4″) it’s large enough to be very easily playable and therefore also economically priced. With this conservative size you’ll have more choices about where you can play.
In case you missed it, the automatic piece detection, or auto-sensory move input makes for a very comfortable and fully automatic move input. Even better, the detection speed and reliability is reportedly exceptional.
Exclusive’s smarts are located in a separate mini-box with a generous sized display for numerous things like the position, chess clocks, and plenty of settings. But remember, once you choose your favorite settings and playing level, looking at the display on the side is no longer needed during a game, because four LEDs flash brightly around each square for ease of focused chess play.
In my view, the ability to remain focused on the chessboard thanks to the LED style display helps with the overall experience to such a degree that every other feature of this electronic chess computer is pretty much icing on the cake. In fact, this degree of display functionality is today only found in the DGT Revelation Chess Computer, which is not only the most remarkable electronic chess device purchasable, it’s also the most expensive at 5x the price of the Exclusive.
With a reliable cable connection between the electroni chess computer board and the Exclusive’s intelligence, it’s possible to update the module further with an integrated USB interface.
For the technically inclined, it’s built on an ARM Cortex M7 processor with 300 Mhz and a significant flash and RAM memory to power the board.
According to Thomas Karkosch, managing director of MILLENNIUM, this new high-end device will go on sale in March or April at the latest for a price of EUR 599.00.
He says that “the new Chess Genius Exclusive is one of the most complex products that we have ever tackled in the history of our company. It is a real joy to test the prototypes – the functionality is simply fantastic.”
Initial rating estimates place Exclusive at a tournament strength of between 2350 and 2400 ELO, which even surpasses the performance level of the legendary Mephisto world champion computers. Thanks to the new development from Munich, these chess computers have finally found their worthy successor – very much to the joy of chess computer enthusiasts all over the world.
I’ve personally used over 50 types of chess computers over the past couple decades. This one excites me the most because it appears to be bringing SO many of the features people are requesting (except vocals) into an affordable, luxurious chess playing computer you can be proud to own and show off in your home.
Great job, Millennium, on this chess computer and I can’t wait to hear from owners what they think of it once it in the hands of enthusiasts and first time chess computer owners.
3/2 Opinion: It would be nice to see this machine play engines in addition Chess Genius by Lang. Exploring this possibility.
Would also be great to be able to buy a set of sensors to embed into our own chess sets, or at least to get an option to buy a French Knight/Lardy style set. (To me, the German Knight looks like a dog sitting up for a treat.)
Looks good, kinda interested, but not entirely. First of all, like the previous comment, I don’t particularly like the wooden pieces. They’re not nice enough, particularly the knights. Also, I don’t like the graphics on the mini-box. The pieces in particular look like they did many years ago on the old dedicated computers. In this day and age the little graphic pieces should look far better. Like real pieces. The same applies to the entire presentation of the graphics: pieces, numbers, values, the lot … within the mini-box. At the moment it just looks like the same old thing we saw many years ago. Also, there’s no indication in the write-up about which chess engine it uses. I realise they are all inter-changeable e.g. Fritz, Komodo, Stockfish … but I don’t know which one is the default engine on this chess computer. And to top it all, it’s FAR too expensive for what it is. With excellent chess engine’s now on mobile phones alongside excellent chess apps, this chess computer needed to be far better with regard to the look of the actual pieces and particularly the entire graphics in the mini-box, which look very dated. The common man or woman isn’t going to want to shell out the best part of a grand for this chess machine. It’s much too expensive.
Here’s a review from today. People are just now receiving theirs.
“I unpacked it last night and started a game right away. The set was extremely well packaged. The pieces are a nice size, and the automatic piece recognition sensors and led square indicators work great! Easily the best stand alone chess computer I have owned since I bought my first one a little over 20 years ago. Thanks for offering such a fine product!” – Mark
Hi I was wondering if Nigel wants to sell his computer? It seems he was sorry he bought it. I would be interested in buying it. This would save me waiting in line and help him out as well.
Great chess computer. I own quality chess pieces made in India. They work on the Novag Citrine chess computer but unfortunately not on the Millennium Chess Genius Exclusive. Special sensors are built into the supplied pieces and you cannot substitute. Although the supplied chess pieces make do, I wish we could embed sensors into more quality ones. This chess computer however is really great. Plays well and is extremely enjoyable.
The new Chess Genius Millennium is great! once you get it in english mode. It is so easy to use a child could use it, Also even if you change sides with colors, it knows that black has changed sides with no buttons. However it would be nice if the upgrades would make use of a store games to a mem stick. Also the video is a great sales interaction with customers. Thanks to the chess house for the videos and great service.
Glad you like it! Today I visited with the team at Millennium in Germany and that only furthered my confidence in this product. It’s clear that they are rapidly iterating the programming and providing improvements in the form of a firmware upgrade in the near future. It’s a fact that they have invested an enormous amount in specialized hardware that can adapt and be upgraded. The plans for improvements to this product over the coming 1-2 years are impressive and I’m excited to see this happen. Millennium listened carefully after asking people what they would love to experience in a chess computer. Then they built everything they could into the first model and made sure it had the capability to grow and improve as new ideas came along. One thing they learned was that people wanted a 40mm board, not a 50mm board – the result is the comfortable size that’s not too large. I learned that there is a hard reset should you need to do that for any reason.
1. Power off the computer and unplug it from the wall outlet.
2. Hold down the power button on the module
3. Plug in the wall adapter while continuing to hold the power button.
4. When started, release both
This will initialize/reset the software and you will be asked to select a language.
Thank you for your support!
Is Firmware the actual chess engine or a better user interface?
It turns out that both the firmware (programming) and the external interface are being upgraded this year. Not only will a newer firmware edition be released for current owners, but a new interface is in design that will be made of wood and look more like a chess clock. Current owners of the Exclusive will be able to buy the new interface device without requiring the full Exclusive product. So this will give a new look and new programming!
Do l need a PC or can l use Mac.
PC is preferred
Can just the electrodes be purchased for installation in our own choice of chess pieces? Can just the computer or board be purchased individually? What is the warranty? A Bluetooth version and board that used laptop chess programs would be amazing. I do not like the dgt board for chess engine play because of the lack of LEDs. The revelation looks great but cost is a big factor there. Thank you
Yes I know I have a lot of questions thank you for being patient with me how is the build quality expected to be I owned many chess computers from the very beginning. Some lasted for a very long time my TASC R30 and Novag super expert b are both well over 20 years old and still work perfectly in the case of the TASC R30 and almost perfectly in the case of the Novag. I also own many fidelity just computer’s none of which function anymore
nice material, but I can not install the update following the instructions
I think it plays well like the London 68030, but much faster similarity between the two