Who needs Fortnite or Call of Duty when you can compete online with other players in a neat game of chess? With the Millennium eONE, manufacturer Millennium 2000 has introduced a new (real) chess board that connects to the digital chess world via smartphones or tablets.
The Millennium eONE in detail
The new Millennium eONE electronic chess board is aimed at players who like to play chess online and don’t want to miss out on an authentic playing experience. Using the proprietary MILLENNIUM ChessLink app, the board connects to smartphones or tablets via Bluetooth or USB-C data transfer, opening up access to the renowned online chess platform used by millions of chess players.
The eONE from the company based in Aschheim near Munich, which has been selling chess boards and computers for over 30 years, weighs 932 grams. It measures just 31 cm x 31 cm, making it easy to take anywhere. Thanks to unique and detailed chess pieces, the board can of course also be used in a fully analogous way to play against friends in real life.
The eONE electronic chess board and its game pieces were designed by Millennium in Germany and together weigh just under 1.2 kilograms. Its game pieces have also been completely redesigned and are weighted at the base. A non-slip underside ensures that the pieces do not fall off the board so easily.
Individual moves are conveniently displayed in real time with the MILLENNIUM ChessLink app installed on the sensor board with a total of 81 LEDs, as well as via Bluetooth or USB-C interface on a smartphone or tablet.
The eONE draws its power from an included lithium-ion battery, which is said to last for at least 24 hours. With the help of the included USB-C cable, the battery can be charged and also replaced if necessary.
Multiple online platforms are supported
If you don’t want to compete against other players in analog, you can use the Millennium eONE to meet online for a game of chess and play on established chess platforms like Lichess.org and chess.com. For professional chess tournaments, there is a connection to tornelo.com. Further cooperations are already in planning.
The initial setup is supposed to be very simple. Simply register via the MILLENNIUM ChessLink app, search for a game, and you can put your smartphone or tablet aside and concentrate fully on the game. Other applications such as HIARCS Chess Explorer, BearChess, Arena, LucasChess and many more can be used in addition.