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Is that all?!  I thought you said it was "lengthy". 

However, as impressive as your "spares" are, and they are certainly that compared to my meager accumulation, I still don't see one of those Cyberchess devices on any of your lists. 

I know that you have all three of the MB Phantoms.  Do you also have all three of the Fidelity Phantoms?  At least the differences on the Fidelity ones were more than just cosmetic.

However, I'll wager you are probably going to want one of those Phantom 6100's with the green lettering.  Now I begin to see the wisdom in Ismenio buying that one. 

At least your wish list is shorter than your duplicates list.  That has to mean that you are progressing.

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Aha there may be news to come about the Cyberchess. 
Your cunning plan could yet be thwarted.

Dick I'm considering two ways of overcoming the lack of a 6124. With some green paint I could add the letters Chesster to my "nearly dead" green/white 6100, for appearance purposes only. The other way of looking at it is that we have both got a 6124 already because all we have to do is get out the black paint and cover up the eyeball and sensors on the Eyeball. 

I do not have a Mephisto Phantom either. That was just a badge job on the Fidelity stock Mephisto inherited I understand.

The wishlist needs some careful thought. I have not had much time for that what with all this indiscriminate collecting.

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« Reply #1 on: March 9, 2005, 09:28AM »
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So I have quite a lengthy duplicates list, which are all available for sale or swap, though I would hate to see some of them go. The spare machines list :-


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Is that all?!  I thought you said it was "lengthy". 

However, as impressive as your "spares" are, and they are certainly that compared to my meager accumulation, I still don't see one of those Cyberchess devices on any of your lists. 

I know that you have all three of the MB Phantoms.  Do you also have all three of the Fidelity Phantoms?  At least the differences on the Fidelity ones were more than just cosmetic.

However, I'll wager you are probably going to want one of those Phantom 6100's with the green lettering.  Now I begin to see the wisdom in Ismenio buying that one. 

At least your wish list is shorter than your duplicates list.  That has to mean that you are progressing.

Dick Schneiders

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« Reply #2 on: March 9, 2005, 08:52AM »
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The spare machines list :-

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That is about it.
Oh and I have a Fidelity Bridge Challenger and Bridge Advanced Challenger if those are of any interest.

Your spare list is an impressive collection by itself !!!
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I wish I hadn't decided to make a pause 

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Do you have a wish list and a duplicates list?

Duplicate : only Novag MK I (without power supply) so nothing interesting
Wish list :
1. Fidelity : everything I don't have yet
2. Mephisto : München Brett with 68xxx module (Bavaria is too rare and expensive)
3. Novag : Printer, Super Constellation, Diablo
4. Chafitz : ARB

Most of these models are not rare, but main difficulty is Waf, but I have a plan : enlarge the house and buy my wife a Grand Piano after that I'll get my München & ARB

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Alain

You have done well to avoid collecting a host of duplicates along the way. It must be the sign of an experienced and focused collector. Which I am not. 

We certainly have a shared interest in the early Fidelitys, because I collect the 1977-1984 Oldies plus robots and some wooden boards also. Of course there were many Fidelitys in those early years and I have a lot of them.

So I have quite a lengthy duplicates list, which are all available for sale or swap, though I would hate to see some of them go. The spare machines list :-

Acetronic (Scisys) - Graduate Chess

Applied Concepts
Boris (2)
Boris Diplomat I (faulty display)
Modular Game System (4....yes 4 ! + Sargon 2.5 or Morphy)
ARB-1 (+ Sargon 2.5)

Commordore - Chessmate (no adaptor)

Fidelity
CC7
CC10
Sensory Voice
Sensory 8
Sensory 9
Mini Sensory
Classic
Phantom (not working)

Milton Bradley - Milton

Mephisto
Exclusive boards (2) available with MMII, MMIV or Senator

Novag
Mark I 
Mark II (vertical)
Super System III + LCD
Savant (faulty)
Super Constellation
Super Expert B6

Saitek
Renaissance (2) (Brute force and standard program, one Sparc compatible)

Scisys
Mark V (1 English 1 German)
Intelligent Chess

Tasc - R30 (v2.2 SB30 board)

Toytronic

That is about it.
Oh and I have a Fidelity Bridge Challenger and Bridge Advanced Challenger if those are of any interest.

I think that we both need a house extension.

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Mike
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Hi Bernhard,


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are you interested on the early Fidelity checker challenger? But like Steve, I would trade only.


Thanks for the offer !
I understand the "trade only" position as it is also mine (the only computer which left my collection so far was a Compuchess Cominda switched against a Fidelity CC3)...
but I'm afraid that I don't have anything interesting for you.
Thanks anyway.
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Alain
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Hi Alain,

Quote from: alainza on March  8, 2005, 01:05AM   

2. I don't have a checkers game but do have a Dame Challenger (French checkers, 10x10 board)

are you interested on the early Fidelity checker challenger? But like Steve, I would trade only.

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Quote from: Mike Watters on March  8, 2005, 03:24PM   

You are collecting chess computers at a rapid rate. Not unlike certain other members of this message board. 

I'll do a (small ?) pause now, because of the Tasc...


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Do you have a wish list and a duplicates list?

Duplicate : only Novag MK I (without power supply) so nothing interesting
Wish list :
1. Fidelity : everything I don't have yet
2. Mephisto : München Brett with 68xxx module (Bavaria is too rare and expensive)
3. Novag : Printer, Super Constellation, Diablo
4. Chafitz : ARB

Most of these models are not rare, but main difficulty is Waf, but I have a plan : enlarge the house and buy my wife a Grand Piano after that I'll get my München & ARB

Best regards,
Alain
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You are collecting chess computers at a rapid rate. Not unlike certain other members of this message board. 

Best regards
Mike


I resemble that remark!! 

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Thank you again for the manuals posted on your excellent website.

You are collecting chess computers at a rapid rate. Not unlike certain other members of this message board. 

Do you have a wish list and a duplicates list?

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Mike
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Quote from: Dick Schneiders on March  7, 2005, 05:07AM   


Quote from: Alain Zanchetta on March  7, 2005, 01:58AM   

I recently bought a "FIDELTY ELECTRONICS RESERVISENSORY CHALLENGER" on ebay... (but the auction's title was better "FIDELITY ELECTRONICS RESERVI GAME")


I did appreciate your offer to send me the information, and didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.

Your site is a great resource, not only for these manuals, but for other much needed information on these strange little chess computers we love so much.  I have printed off several of them, even for ones I don't yet own, just to see what options they have. 

Thanks, Dick

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I don't know why but I thought about you when I was exchanging messages with a guy who was working on a robotic chess (arm) and he said he ended but building a checkers model because the chess pieces where all different and the arm kept knocking them off. I didn't see an electronic checkers game on your site but I saw a backgammon and was wondering if you had an interest in other vintage electronic board games.

I'm curious, what's the date of your earliest Fidelity game?


1. For other games, I only collect Fidelity games because I dreamt of having them in early 80s.

2. I don't have a checkers game but do have a Dame Challenger (French checkers, 10x10 board)

3. The Earliest Fidelity Game ? The first bought is the CC7 (Christmas 1980) but the oldest one is the CC3.

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... I have printed off several of them, even for ones I don't yet own, just to see what options they have. 
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Now, THAT sounds like a collector speaking!



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I recently bought a "FIDELTY ELECTRONICS RESERVISENSORY CHALLENGER" on ebay... (but the auction's title was better "FIDELITY ELECTRONICS RESERVI GAME")


Hello Alain,

I didn't email you about the Fidelity Micro manual, as I went ahead and ordered one (along with one for my Saitek President and Mephisto Polgar) from Classic Chess and Games.

I did appreciate your offer to send me the information, and didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.

Your site is a great resource, not only for these manuals, but for other much needed information on these strange little chess computers we love so much.  I have printed off several of them, even for ones I don't yet own, just to see what options they have. 

I am not certain, though, that my wife has the same fondness for your site.  Not only because it promotes this feeding frenzy of collecting chess computers, but also because she is fluent in French.  I have printed off a couple of the manuals that are in French only, and pleaded with my wife to translate them for me. 

She has done so, but I can tell she doens't really want to do this. 

Regards from both of us, 

Dick Schneiders

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Hi Alain and welcome!

I saw that you also have interest in other electronic games, which I find pretty neat!

I don't know why but I thought about you when I was exchanging messages with a guy who was working on a robotic chess (arm) and he said he ended but building a checkers model because the chess pieces where all different and the arm kept knocking them off. I didn't see an electronic checkers game on your site but I saw a backgammon and was wondering if you had an interest in other vintage electronic board games.

I'm curious, what's the date of your earliest Fidelity game?

Best regards and congratulations on your aquisition!

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At one point I though about compiling a list of interesting “misspellings” that I've run across.
A few examples I recall from mind:

- a chess computer by a rarely known company called “Exculibur”
- a “handheld tabletop chess computer” - wow! two in one? was it an collapsible model?
- a model endorsed by a rarely known master called “Kuspurow”

And other stuff I can't remember. I don't mean to be picky (I myself misspell tons of words!) but if they misspell an important keyword that could cause an important unit to go unnoticed.

Buy-it-now regards,

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I have seen, several times, on eBay auctions the word "chest" instead of "chess"!   The wrong word is repeated throughout the entire ad and not just in the title. 

That is one I have never been able to understand how it could happen.

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I recently bought a "FIDELTY ELECTRONICS RESERVISENSORY CHALLENGER" on ebay... (but the auction's title was better "FIDELITY ELECTRONICS RESERVI GAME")
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I am missing out on these misspelt and strangely described auctions too. Clive Munro did direct me to a site which picks up misspellings, but I do not use it regularly.

The one that could have passed nearly everyone by was the Novag Adversary Robot. That was in a strange category with no mention of Novag Adversary. Described as a Schach Roboter if I remember rightly.

Would you post on a forum if you saw something rare and desirable sitting largely ignored on an auction?    Well with only a few hits which told you that most people had missed it, as happened in the Novag Robot case.

Mike

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At one point I though about compiling a list of interesting “misspellings” that I've run across.
A few examples I recall from mind:

- a chess computer by a rarely known company called “Exculibur”
- a “handheld tabletop chess computer” - wow! two in one? was it an collapsible model?
- a model endorsed by a rarely known master called “Kuspurow”

And other stuff I can't remember. I don't mean to be picky (I myself misspell tons of words!) but if they misspell an important keyword that could cause an important unit to go unnoticed.

Buy-it-now regards,

Ismenio
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