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 & 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 "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.