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Re:Chess Computer Inventory
« on: March 2, 2006, 06:22PM »
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Hi Simon ,

Thanks for the post. When I first found out that I wasn't the only one with this crazy thing in my mind I was relieved ... then it was scary

But I really liked this quote:

Chess Challenger 7

My first one, bought in Canberra Australia around 79/80 or so.  Very weak play, and prone to going into a thinking haze now and again.  Currently with my father, must get it back!
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Simon


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« Reply #1 on: March 2, 2006, 03:14PM »
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Simon

You are certainly on your way to a nasty case of chess computeritis, as Tom has been known to call it.

I rather like the Scisys Executive, and its brother the Senator. Once I got used to the input method I found them pleasant to use, and quite advanced for early 1981 (Wiki have it as 1980). Wiki has the Elo at 1200 and here is a link to some more Wiki info :-

http://www.schach-computer.info/wiki/index.php/Scisys_Senator

My Senator and Executive are virtually identical. I suspect that Scisys sold the Executive in some countries (eg UK) and the Senator in others (eg Germany?)

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« Reply #2 on: March 1, 2006, 10:17PM »
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Hi all,

Just reading through some back posts, as I am new to this board...  Thought I would write down all my chess computers which I have picked up over the last 25 years or so.

OK, here goes:

Chess Challenger 7

My first one, bought in Canberra Australia around 79/80 or so.  Very weak play, and prone to going into a thinking haze now and again.  Currently with my father, must get it back!

Scisys Executive Chess

Well, I fell in love with this one after seeing an ad for it in Playboy I think from memory?!  Tricky thing to use though, with a rotating cursor panel.  Play also weak, probably around 900 ELO or so.  (on a good day)

Fidelity Excel 68000

My first 'real' chess computer, and rated around 1700 or so ELO.  Bought supposedly new from a dealer in the Eastern States of Australia, but turned up on my doorstep looking decidedly second hand!  Still, quite enjoyable to play, but now wanting some repairs due to battery leakage internally.. 

Novag Jade (original)

Bought during a holiday in France, believe it or not.  I managed to negotiate a sale with my schoolboy French, and came away quite happy.  Seems to have problems when trying to set up positions, and locks up.  Perhaps they fixed that in the Jade II model?  Also missing a couple of the peg pieces.

Novag Secondo

A birthday present, but not asked for!  Very weak play, but looks quite decent.

Turbo Advanced Trainer

Another impulse purchase, but plays quite reasonably and is on a par with the Excel 68000.  Perhaps a tiny bit stronger?  Nice looking model, and in excellent working order.

Saitek Cougar

A recent purchase, couldn't resist it sitting on the games shop shelf!  Plays reasonably, but pitting it against some of the newer PC programs really shows it up.  Brutally crushed by Fritz/Shredder & Crafty.

Mephisto Milano Pro

Just added.  Haven't unpacked it yet, but plan to give it a good going over this weekend when I get some free time.  IMHO not as nice presentation as the Cougar, and the buttons look very loose, but slightly stronger program than the Cougar.

hmmmm, looking to get a Turbostar 432 from somewhere and also have my eye on the Novag Star Diamond, and a DGT board, and.......

Well, there it is guys.  A hobby that not many can understand.  Except us!

all the best

Simon
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Scisys Executive
Scisys Turbostar 432
Scisys Turbostar KSO
Fidelity Excel 68000 (N/W)
Novag Jade
Novag Jade II
Novag Carnelian
Novag Star Opal
Novag Sapphire II
Novag Star Diamond
Mephisto Milano Pro
Saitek Cougar
Radio Shack 2150L (x2)
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