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About Chafitz

Chafitz Inc was established in the early 70’s by Steve Chafitz and his wife Arleen with an original investment of $75. Chafitz Inc. very quickly grew their business specializing in the most advanced and intelligent computer games available at that time.

Steve and Arleen Chafitz from Business Week December 3, 1979

Steve & Arleen Chafitz in a photo taken by Business Week for their December 3, 1979 Issue

Chafitz Inc launched their first chess computer “Boris” in February, 1978 and soon after received a call from an excited Bobby Fisher about their electronic chess game “Boris”.

Realizing that there existed a major potential in a new rapidly growing market for electronic gadgetry, Chafitz immediately increased their development of electronic games by hiring the best programmers available to develop programs for their games as quickly as possible.

Chafitz's Store "Space Age Fantasies"

Chafitz's "Space Age Fantasies". People lining up to enter their store.

Towards the end of the 70’s Chafitz teamed up with Applied Concepts Inc. Together they recruited Dan & Kathe Spracklen who were already renowned and respected because of their famous “Sargon” chess software program.

In 1980 Chafitz ARB Sargon 2.5 was launched which became a milestone for electronic chess computers. For the first time a full sized Auto Response Board was sold, incorporating Dan & Kathe Spracklen’s latest chess program Sargon 2.5. This pioneered the era of sensory chess computers.  All their competitors soon followed with their own versions of electronic sensory board chess computers.

Chafitz Collection

Dedicated Chess Computers

1980

1981

1983

2012

1978

ARB Sargon 2.5

ARB Sargon 3.0

ARB Sargon 4.0

ARB Sargon 4.0 16 MHz

Boris

Chafitz ARB Sargon 2.5 (1980)

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Chafitz Boris (1978)

Table Top

Table Top

Table Top

Table Top

Table Top

1979

1979

1981

1981

2009

Boris Diplomat (Brown)

Boris Diplomat (Blue)

Destiny Prodigy

Morphy Encore Edition

Steinitz Encore Edition

Chafitz Boris Diplomat (1979)  Brown Version

Chafitz Boris Diplomat (1979)  Blue Version

Chafitz Destiny Prodigy (1981)

Chafitz Morphy Encore (1981)

Steinitz Encore Edition (2009)

Travel

Travel

Travel

Table Top

Table Top

Family playing chess with a Chafitz Modular Game System chess computer.

Family playing chess with a Chafitz Modular Game System chess computer.

Picture taken from a Modular Game System box.

Modular Chess Systems

1979

1981

1984

Modular Game System

Great Game Machine

Destiny MEGA-4 GGM

Chafitz Modular Game System (1979)

Chafitz Great Game Machine (1981)

Chafitz Destiny MEGA-4 GGM (1984)

Table Top

Table Top

Table Top

Chess Programs for Modular Chess Systems

1979

1981

1979

1981

1983

Boris 2.5 Module

Sandy Edition Master

Sargon 2.5 Module

Morphy Module

Steinitz-4 Module

Chafitz Boris 2.5 Game Module (1979)

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Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1979)

Chafitz Morphy Edition Game Module (1981)

Chafitz Steinitz Edition-4 Game Module (1983)

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Chess Openings Add-on for Modular Chess Systems

1981

Gruenfeld Module

Chafitz Gruenfeld Openings Module (1981)

Openings Module

Chess Endgame Add-on for Modular Chess Systems

1981

Capablanca Module

Chafitz Capablanca Endgame Module (1981)

Endgame Module

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