Data Cash Systems started to develop a chess computer in 1976 with the hopes of becoming the first company in the World to sell an electronic chess game. Unfortunately for them they were beaten by Fidelity Electronics who began selling their Chess Challenger 1 in the Spring of 1977. Data Cash Systems were not able to start selling their chess computer named CompuChess until the fall of 1977.
Data Cash Systems hired the consultants David B. Goodrich & Associates to develop CompuChess. Staid Incorporated out of Florida were the distributors who sold CompuChess to the general public.