World Champion Anatoly Karpov endorsed all the very earliest Novag Chess Computers.

World Champion Anatoly Karpov endorsed all the very earliest Novag Chess Computers.

This picture was taken from a Novag chess computer box.

 

Peter Auge a German who had emigrated to Canada, formed Novag in 1978 together with Erich Winkler a Swiss electronic expert. After a brief but painful relationship where both partners had difficulties in working together, Erich Winkler left Novag and formed his own company SciSys in 1979.

With Peter Auge’s years of prior experience in the Hong Kong toy and electronics industry it did not take long for Novag to establish a manufacturing base in Hong Kong.

In September, 1978 Novag launched their first chess computer the Chess Champion MK 1.

Novag established a relationship with American programmer David Kittinger in 1982 and the Novag Constellation was released as the first computer programmed by David which was soon after followed with an an improved and faster version. In 1984 the Super Constellation was released with high critical acclaim for it’s human style of play.

David Kittinger continued to improve upon his software over the years allowing Novag to continuously provide the public new computers with interesting playing styles.

Peter Auge transfered his business interests to his daughter who today continues to run a successful Novag business and still provides new chess computers to the world as shown with their latest 2008 Novag Robot release.

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1894 - 1989

9602 - 1996

38706 - 1997

4-in-1 Game Computer

Agate

Agate Plus

Novag Model 1894 4-IN-1 Game Computer (1984) Electronic Travel Chess Computer
Novag Model 9602 Agate (1993) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 38706 Agate Plus (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Travel Chess

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

863 - 1986

Allegro

Novag Model 863 Allegro (1986) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

NOVAG was endorsed by the French Chess Federation.

2008

2 Robot

Novag 2 Robot (2008) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

893 - 1989

882 - 1988

Allegro 4

Alto

Novag Model 893 Allegro 4 (1989) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 882 Alto (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

863 - 1988

Allegro 15 MHz

Novag Model 863 Allegro 15 MHzt (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

38708 - 1997

Amber

Novag Model 38708 Amber (1987) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9405 - 1994

Amethyst

Novag Model 9405 Amethyst (1996) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

NOVAG was endorsed by the French Chess Federation.

38703 - 1997

Amethyst Plus

Novag Model 38703 Amethyst Plus (1997) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

905 - 1990

Amigo

Novag Model 905 Amigo (1990) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38604 - 1996

Aquamarine Iniciacion

Novag Model 38604 Aquamarine Iniciacion (1996) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1002 - 2000

Aquamarine Maestro

Novag Model 1002 Aquamarine Maestro (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9219 - 1993

Aquamarine 16 MHz

Novag Model 9219 Aquamarine 16 MHz (1993) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1015 - 2002

9604 - 1996

Aquamarine Milenio II

Aquamarine Premier

Novag Model 1015 Aquamarine Milenio II (2002) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 9604 Aquamarine Premier (1996) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

39911 - 1999

Aquamarine Premier Plus

Novag Model 39911 Aquamarine Premier Plus (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

3992 - 2000

Aquamarine Milenio

Novag Model 3992 Aquamarine Milenio (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

2002

Aquamarine Maestro II

Novag Aquamarine Maestro II (2002) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

NOVAG supporting the English Chess Association (E.C.A.).

NOVAG supporting the English Chess Association (E.C.A.).

This picture was taken from a Novag chess computer box.

39904 - 1999

39905 - 1999

Aquamarine Risc II Siglo XXI

Aquamarine Siglo XXI

Novag Model 39904 Aquamarine Risc II Siglo XXI (1999) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 39905 Aquamarine Siglo XXI (1999) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

38714 - 1997

Aquamarine Stile

Novag Model 38714 Aquamarine Stile (2004) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

38603 - 1999

Aquamarine Risc II

Novag Model 38603 Aquamarine Risc II (1999) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

93065 - 1997

Aquamarine Risc 20 MHz

Novag Model 93065 Aquamarine Risc 20 MHz (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

903 - 1990

39910 - 2000

Beluga

Beryl

Novag Model 903 Beluga (1990) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 39910 Beryl (2001) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

1030 - 2005

Atenas II

Novag Model 1030 Atenas II (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1025 - 2004

Atenas

Novag Model 1025 Atenas (2004) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

The range of NOVAG chess computers utilize the latest technology to bring you strong computers with a wide variety of features. With all these models to choose from which is the right computer for you? Below we present answers to some of the common questions concerning our computers to help you choose the right one.

WHAT STRENGTH COMPUTER SHOULD I BUY?

What strength are you? Always buy a computer that is stronger than you are - there are many ways of handicapping the computer so that it does not play at its best, but there is no way of making it play better than its best! Computers can be classified in the following bands.

BEGINNER TO EXPERIENCED

These computers are suitable for the majority of players although a regular club player will need a stronger computer. There are two different programs in this class, one in the Tourmaline, Amethyst and Aquamarine Premier, the other in the Opal II and Agate.

      Both programs have a wide range of features which include:

    • POSITION VERIFICATION - check the current location of the pieces.
    • POSITION SETUP - to set up adjourned positions or chess problems.
    • MOVE TAKE BACK - to enable you to try out alternative strategies or correct accidental errors.
    • FORCED MOVE - make the computer move without waiting for it to complete its calculations.
    • MEMORY SAVE - the computer will save the current game when switched off.
    • HINT & TRAINING - Two valuable training aids.

Excerpt taken from the Novag Chess Computer Catalog 1996.

1024 - 2005

1980

Carnelian II

Chess Champion Delta-1

Novag Model 1024 Carnelian II (2005) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Chess Champion Delta-1 (1980) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

1978

Chess Champion MK. 1

Novag Chess Champion MK. 1 (1978) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1022 - 2004

Carnelian

Novag Model 1022 Carnelian (2004) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1025 - 2007

Brain Match

Novag Model 1025 Brain Match (2007) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1979

165 593 5 - 1979

Chess Champion MK. II Ver. A

Chess Champion MK. II Ver. B

Novag Chess Champion MK. II Ver. A (1979) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 165 593 5 Chess Champion Quelle Model 165 593 5 MK. II Ver. B (1979) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

Chess Champion Super Sys. 3

Novag Model 605 335 Chess Champion Super System 3 (1979) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1980

Chess Champion Pocket

Novag Chess Champion Pocket (1980) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

Grandmaster Raymond Keene O.B.E. endorsing a Novag Chess Computer.

Grandmaster Raymond Keene O.B.E. endorsing a Novag Chess Computer.

This picture was taken from the Novag Alto chess computer box.

912 - 1991

831 - 1983

Condor

Constellation 2 MHz

Novag Model 912 Condor (1991) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 831 Constellation 2 MHz (1983) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

845 - 1984

Constellation 3.6 Mhz

Novag Model 845 Constellation 3.6 Mhz (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1032 - 2006

Citrine

Novag Model 1032 Citrine (2006) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

700 - 1980

Chess Partner 2000

Novag Model 700 Chess Partner 2000 (1980) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

864 - 1987

852 - 1985

Constellation Forte B

Constellation Junior

Novag Model 864 Constellation Forte B (1987) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 852 Constellation Junior (1985) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

864 - 1986

Constellation Forte A

Novag Model 864 Constellation Forte A (1986) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

853 - 1985

Constellation Expert

Novag Model 853 Constellation Expert (1985) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

893 - 1989

9303 - 1994

De Luxe by Jeux Nathan

Diamond

Novag De Luxe by Jeux Nathan (1985) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 9303 Diamond (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

38602 - 1997

Diamond II

Novag Model 38602 Diamond II (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

911 - 1990

Crystal

Novag Model 911 Crystal (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9208 - 1992

Coral

Novag Model 9208 Coral (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9218 - 1993

603 - 1996

Emerald

Emerald Classic

Novag Model 9218 Emerald (1993) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 603 Emerald Classic (1996) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

843 - 1984

Dynamic-S

Novag Model 843 Dynamic-S (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1883 - 1988

Disney Magic Castle

Novag Model 1883 Disney Magic Castle (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

Featured Chess Computers

25311 - 2003

Graphite Initiation Pack

Novag Model 25311Graphite Initiation Pack (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9202 - 1993

Jade

Novag Model 9202 Jade (1993) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9402 - 1995

Jade II

Novag Model 9402 Jade II (1995) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

884 - 1988

Escort

Novag Model 884 Escort (1988) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

39907 - 2000

Granite

Novag Model 39907 Granite (2000) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

892 - 1989

Mentor 16

Novag Model 892 Mentor 16 (1989) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

811 - 1981

Micro Chess

Novag Model 811 Micro Chess (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38711 - 1998

Jasper Special I

Novag Model 38711 Jasper Special I (1998) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

39906 - 2000

Jasper Special II

Novag Model 39906 Jasper Special II (2000) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

SUMMARY OF CHESS COMPUTERS FEATURED IN THE 1996 CATALOG.

 

BEGINNER TO COUNTY STRENGTH

There are three computers in this range: the Jade II, the Zircon II and the Emerald Classic. These computers would suit either strong club players, or those who, although weak now, expect to improve rapidly. All have strong programs which encompass all the features described under the BEGINNER TO EXPERIENCED heading combined with:

  • 56 LEVELS - divided into 7 sections: 8 tournament, 8 Blitz, 8 average time, 8 novice, 8 training, 8 analysis and 8 solve mate.
  • GAME RECALL AND REPLAY.
  • REFEREE - you enter the moves for both sides, either when playing against another player, or to enter a specific game or opening you would like to play.
  • 4 LEVELS OF RANDOM - to give the program more variety.
  • EASY MODE - stop the computer calculating during your time allowing you to handicap the machine.
  • BEGINNER TO MASTER:
    • There are two computers in this range: the Sapphire & Diamond. These are the strongest Novag computers and have a huge range or features. They also feature good novice levels and can therefore be used by any player from beginner upwards.

Excerpt continuation taken from the Novag Chess Computer Catalog 1996.

SW-661 - 2003

Obsidian

Novag Model SW-661 Obsidian (2003) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9207 - 1993

Onyx

Novag Model 9207 Onyx (1993) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

821 - 1982

Micro II

Novag Model 821 Micro II (1982) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

841 - 1984

Micro III

Novag Model 841 Micro III (1983) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1016 - 2005

Obsidian

Novag Model 1016 Obsidian (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9205 - 1993

Opal

Novag Model 9205 Opal (1993) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9601 - 1996

Opal II

Novag Model 9601 Opal II (1996) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38705 - 1997

Opal Plus

Novag Model 38705 Opal Plus (1997) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9209 - 1992

Pearl

Novag Model 9209 Pearl (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

892 - 1989

Octo

Novag Model 892 Octo (1989) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9217 - 1993

Mentor Junior

Novag Model 9217 Mentor Junior (1993) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

892 - 1990

Octo 15 Mhz

Novag Model 892 Octo 15 Mhz (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

This seems to confirm that all Novag chess computer chess programs at that time were developed by David Kittinger.

851 - 1985

PIccolo

Novag Model 851 PIccolo (1985) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

851 - 1988

Piccolo 15 MHz

Novag Model 851 Piccolo 15 MHz (1988) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1020 - 2006

Portal

Novag Model 1020 Portal (2006) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

861 - 1986

Prelude

Novag Model 861 Prelude (1986) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

861 - 1986

Prelude - Siemens Promotion

Novag Model 861 Prelude - Siemens Promotion (1986) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

842 - 1984

Presto

Novag Model 842 Presto (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

871 - 1987

Primo

Novag Model 871 Primo (1987) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

HOW LONG DOES THE MACHINE TAKE TO RESPOND?

The original chess computers took hours to respond to each move, and some even played illegal moves! This is not the case now. With modern chess computers you decide how long the computer will take to reply - this can be hours if you wish, (although we only recommend use of the longer levels for analysis). For normal play we recommend the faster levels, which range from around 5 seconds a move up to about 5 minutes. You may find that your only hope of beating the computer lies in making it move quickly while you take much longer!

IS THE OPENING BOOK REALLY A BOOK?

The term ‘opening book’ refers to a part of the computer’s program. Considerable work has gone into discovering which moves should be made at the start of the game. These ‘openings’ can extend reasonably far into the game (sometimes up to 16 moves). The computers have been programmed with these openings; when playing them the computers save time and can utilize this saved time later in the game. The larger the opening book the deeper the openings will go.

HOW EASY ARE THE COMPUTERS TO USE?

The computers have been designed to be as user friendly as possible. Most functions are performed by a single key push, eg: to set the level you press the ‘set level’ key.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG?

All Novag computers are guaranteed for 1 year, and all tested before leaving our factory. In the unlikely event that there are problems contact your local dealer.

Excerpt continuation taken from the Novag Chess Computer Catalog 1996.

9216 - 1993

Ruby

Novag Model 9216 Ruby (1993) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9304 - 1994

Sapphire

Novag Model 9304 Sapphire (1994) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38601 - 1997

Sapphire II

Novag Model 38601 Sapphire II (1997) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

39913 - 2000

Quartz

Novag Model 39913 Quartz (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

814 - 1982

Robot Adversary

Novag Model 814 Robot Adversary (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

813 - 1981

Savant

Novag Model 813 Savant (1981) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

909 - 1991

Scorpio 68000

Novag Model 909 Scorpio 68000 (1991) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

891 - 1989

Secondo

Novag Model 891 Secondo (1989) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

891 - 1989

Secondo by Jeux Nathan

Novag Model 891 Secondo by Jeux Nathan (1989) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38712 - 1998

Sapphire II De Luxe

Novag Model 38712 Sapphire II De Luxe (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

DAVID KITTINGER

DAVID KITTINGER

Author of all NOVAG chess computer programs and author of the world famous chess software program WCHESS.

Picture is a sticker taken from a Novag chess computer.

873 - 1987

Solo

Novag Model 873 Solo (1987) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

822 - 1982

Sensor Dynamic

Novag Model 822 Sensor Dynamic (1982) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1033 - 2008

Star Aquamarine

Novag Model 1033 Star Aquamarine (2008) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1028 - 2007

Star Beryl

Novag Model 1028 Star Beryl (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1004 - 2003

Star Diamond

Novag Model 1004 Star Diamond (2003) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1027 - 2005

Star Opal

Novag Model 1027 Star Opal (2005) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1023 - 2004

Star Ruby

Novag Model 1023 Star Ruby (2004) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1003 - 2003

Star Sapphire

Novag Model 1003 Star Sapphire (2003) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

844 - 1984

Super Constellation

Novag Model 844 Super Constellation (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

878 - 1987

Super Expert A

Novag Model 878 Super Expert A (1987) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

THE ROYAL GAME

THE ROYAL GAME

This picture was taken for a Novag Chess Computer box.

879 - 1987

888 - 1988

Super Forte A

Super Forte B

Novag Model 879 Super Forte A (1987) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 888 Super Forte B (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

902 - 1990

Super Forte C

Novag Model 902 Super Forte C (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

901 - 1990

Super Expert C

Novag Model 901 Super Expert C (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

886 - 1988

Super Expert B

Novag Model 886 Super Expert B (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

895 - 1989

Super VIP

Novag Model 895 Super VIP (1989) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

904 - 1990

Super Nova

Novag Model 904 Super Nova (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

812 - 1981

Super Sensor IV

Novag Model 812 Super Sensor IV (1981) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

881 - 1988

Supremo

Novag Model 881 Supremo (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

881 - 1990

Supremo Limited Edition

Novag Model 881 Supremo Limited Edition (1980) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

novag_peter_auge

Peter Auge

Co-Founder of Novag

1034 - 2007

Touch Plus

Novag Model 1034 Touch Plus (2007) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9407 - 1995

Tourmaline

Novag Model 9407 Tourmaline (1995) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9206 - 1993

Topaz

Novag Model 9206 Topaz (1993) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

9406 - 1995

Topaz II

Novag Model 9406 Topaz II (1995) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1005 - 2001

Touch

Novag Model 1005 Touch (2001) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38702 - 1997

Tourmaline Plus

Novag Model 38702 Tourmaline Plus (1997) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38709 - 1997

Turquoise

Novag Model 38709 Turquoise (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

1989

Uno

Novag Uno (1989) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

872- 1987

VIP

Novag Model 872 VIP (1987) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1031 - 2005

Voice Chess

Novag Model 1031 Voice Chess (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9203 - 1993

9403 - 1994

Zircon

Zircon II

Novag Model 9203 Zircon (1993) Electronic Chess Computer
Novag Model 9403 Zircon II (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Table Top Chess

1037 - 2009

Voice Chess Professor

Novag Model 1037 Voice Chess Professor (2009) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

Novag Electronic Chess Computer Collection

1997

Universal Board

Novag Universal Board (1997) Electronic Computer Chess Board

Table Top

Novag Electronic Chess Computer Collection

815 - 1981

Quartz Chess Clock

Novag Model 815 Quartz Chess Clock (1981) Electronic Chess Clock

Chess Clock

816 - 1981

Chess Printer

Novag Model 816 Chess Printer (1981) Electronic Chess Printer

Printer

18911 - 1989

Mickey’s 4-IN-1 Computer

Novag Model 18911 Mickey’s 4-IN-1 Computer (1989) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

38710 - 1997

Emerald Classic Plus

Novag Model 38710 Emerald Classic Plus (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

862 - 1986

Constellation Quattro

Novag Model 862 Constellation Quattro (1985) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

876 - 1988

Chess Computer

Novag Chess Computer (2007) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel Chess

1018 - 2003

Beryl Plus

Novag Model 1018 Beryl Plus (2004) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

9220 - 1994

Aquamarine Super Nova

Novag Model 9220 Aquamarine Super Nova (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

605335 - 1979

908 - 1991

Diablo

Novag Model 908 Diablo (1991) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top Chess

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PERFECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

Novag address in Hong Kong

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