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Dedicated Chess Computers Of the 1980's


  • 2 years ago · Quote · #1

    Dodger111

    In 1983 I bought a a Fidelity Electronics Elite Auto-Sensory  chess computer for $500. Here is a picture of one that looks just like mine: http://www.tradechess.com.br/fide/Elite%20A_S%209_04_0.jpg

    At the time it was state of the art and rated at 2000 USCF. Similar machines today are around 2300+ ELO. 

    It beats me most of the time at 5 seconds/move, and I was rated 1830 or so when I played in tournaments a lot in the 80's.

    I was about to give it away or sell it for 50 dollars when I looked them up on Ebay. I was surprised to see that people collect them, as well as all other chess computers from the 80's, the "Golden Age " of chess computer development. It seems to be worth about a thousand dollars, give or take, depending on condition. I am shocked.

    Anybody else have a machine from 30 years ago they'd like to talk about?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #2

    Knightly

    Wow! Are you going to sell it?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #3

    Mac42

    I have a Fidelity Voice Sensory Chess Challenger that I bought new in 1982. It cost me about $200 as i recall. It still works perfectly. I like playing the "Greatest Games" where you guess the GM's move and it scores you.It has a large repertoire of openings and defenses and plays at eight levels. In the higher levels it moves very slowly but a game at level 3 or 4 will take 1 to 2 minutes to reply and it makes for a great companion on days where the weather is nasty.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #4

    Dodger111

    Knightly wrote:

    Wow! Are you going to sell it?

    I was, as I said I didn't think it was worth much, I was even thinking of just giving it away, but now I'm going to keep it.

    There's a large subculture of people on the net that collect these things and play games against different models, etc and post the results. Kind of like an old car club I guess.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #5

    Dodger111

    Wow the person who took high bid on this paid way too much I think. I'd have sold him mine for half as much:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/FIDELITY-ELITE-A-S-CHALLENGER-CHESS-SET-MODEL-EAS-GREAT-W-PRINTER-MANUAL-GREAT-/190666346565

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #6

    maxwellsmarty

    hi all  i had that exact machine for years and sold it on kijiji toronto..now im thinking to sell an other great chess computer the Leonardo  kasparov chess computer  which is big sensory wooden table top nice machine with human like play..although its not strong but not weak either about 1600 Elo if someone is interested let me know...

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #7

    MrEdCollins

    Thanks for the tip.  I think I'm going to try to sell my 1980s Novag Constellation.  It still works perfectly but I just don't use it any more.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #8

    Roma60

    i have a kasparov conquistader i got it 1984 it cost me £59.99 its just as good if not better then todays computers. it used to play master game from the past but that dont work no more i dont no weather or not its worth any money but i could not sell its to good.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #9

    linuxblue1

    I had a Novag Primo in 1987. I played a chess computer called Boris in 1988. It talked - yes I am not joking - and said things in a male robot voice like:

    "I am in trouble now"

    "I've got you"

    "Oh dear"

    Anyone got a Boris? It was at a chess club that owned it. I bet that there was an easter egg somewhere that made it say foul language, insults and salty-tongued mother-in-law jokes..hmm....Sealed

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #10

    fyy0r

    So because you found out it's valuable you're not going to sell it?  You should sell it now BECAUSE it's valuable, that value isn't going to last forever. 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #11

    maxwellsmarty

    hi all! anyone selling dedicated chess computers? i would be interested to buy karpov 2294 or mephisto berlin pro...thx:Peter

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #12

    maxwellsmarty

    or emerald classic pluss from novag...

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #13

    maxwellsmarty

    if anyone wants my mephisto milano pro let me know if the offer is right i sell it ...maybe...

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #14

    Aquaman13

    anyone know whay an old Parexcelence would be worth

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #15

    maxwellsmarty

    no idea never heard of it   although when i checked it out on the net it seems to be a decent machine

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #16

    maxwellsmarty

    check out phoenix chess systems...revelation 2 board...going into production this fall...it will cost 2800 euro=3400 cdn dollar lol  and if u look at the picture the prototype board has the black and white squares mixed up hahaha   mr phoenix systems lets get real...ill get the fixed chess computer for 1800 cdn...any price above that is unrealistic and is for Mr Warren Buffet

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #17

    Fugazy_Crapov

    The stronger Fidelity and Mephisto computers (the German manufactured ones) are pretty valuable these days. I would have loved to have owned an Elite but couldn't afford one!

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #18

    maxwellsmarty

    i had kasparov risc 2500 and a friend had fidelity elite and we played classical time control 40 moves 2 hours..and it was a very close game but at the end kasparov 2500 won,...second game was a draw...the difference was that kasparov risc 2500 is a small bad looking machine...elite fidelity is a big wooden chess board auto sensory....it does not necessarily look that too nice though, but its large...and was easy to sell it....

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #19

    maxwellsmarty

    actually the mephisto milano pro i still have has way more enjoyable style and beats some stronger machines with tactics...i can beat it with 20 min /game  but 25 min / game so far i lost 2....ill keep trying

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #20

    maxwellsmarty

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