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About Novag

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.

For detailed reading on the Novag early years please go to www.chesscomputeruk.com

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.

Novag Collection

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38706 - 1996

863 - 1987

863 - 1988

2 Robot

Agate

Agate Plus

Allegro

Allegro 15 Mhz

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Novag Agate Plus (1996) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Allegro (1987) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Allegro 15 MHz (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

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893 - 1989

882 - 1988

36708 - 1997

905 - 1990

9604 - 1996

Allegro 4

Alto

Amber

Amigo

Aquamarine Premier

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Novag Alto (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Amber (1997)

Novag Amigo (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Aquamarine Premier (1996) Electronic Chess Computer

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NOVAG was endorsed by the French Chess Federation.

NOVAG was endorsed by the French Chess Federation.

39911 - 1997

COMING SOON

903 - 1990

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DELTA-1 - 1980

Aquamarine Premier Plus

Aquamarine Risc II

Beluga

Carnelian II

Chess Champion Delta-1

Novag Aquamarine Premier Plus (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

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Novag Beluga (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

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Novag Chess Champion Delta-1 (1980)

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MK. 1 - 1978

1979

1979

1979

700 - 1980

Chess Champion Mk. 1

Chess Champ. Mk. II Ver. A

Chess Champ. Mk. II Ver. B

Chess Champ. Super System 3

Chess Partner 2000

Novag Chess Champion MK. 1 Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Chess Champion Mark II Version A (1979) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Chess Champion Mark II Version B (Quelle Version) (1979) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Chess Champion Super System III (1979) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Chess Partner 2000 (1980)

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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.

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912 - 1991

831 - 1984

COMING SOON

1986

Citrine

Condor

Constellation 3.6 MHz

Constellation Expert

Constellation Forte “B”

Novag Citrine (2006)

Novag Condor (1991)

Novag Constellation 3.5 MHz (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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Novag Constellation Forte "B" (1986) Electronic Chess Computer

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9208 - 1992

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9303 - 1994

38602 - 1997

Constellation Junior

Coral

Diablo

Diamond

Diamond II

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Novag Coral (1992)

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Novag Diamond (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Diamond II (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

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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.

1883 - 1988

1984

COMING SOON

9603 - 1996

38710 - 1997

Disney Magic Castle

Dynamic ‘S’

Emerald

Emerald Classic

Emerald Classic Plus

Novag Disney Magic Castle (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Dynamic ‘S’ (1984)

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Novag Emerald Classic (1996) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Emerald Classic Plus (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

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884 - 1988

39907 - 2000

9202 - 1993

9402 - 1995

38711 - 1998

Escort

Granite

Jade

Jade II

Jasper Special

Novag Escort (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Granite (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Jade (1993) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Jade II (1995) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Jasper Special (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

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NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

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.

892 - 1989

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1982

1983

1016 - 2005

Mentor 16

Micro Chess

Micro II

Micro III

Obsidian

Novag Mentor 16 (1989) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Micro Chess (1981)

Novag Micro II (1982)

Novag Micro III (1983) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Obsidian (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

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1986

9027 - 1993

9205 - 1993

38705 - 1997

1985

Octo

Onyx

Opal

Opal Plus

Piccolo

Novag Octo (1986) Electronic Chess Computers

Novag Onyx Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Opal (1993) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Opal Plus (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Piccolo (1985)

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NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

NOVAG CHESS COMPUTER CATALOG 1996

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.

861 - 1986

1984

871 - 1987

39913 - 2000

9216 - 1993

Prelude

Presto

Primo

Quartz

Ruby

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Novag Presto (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Primo (1987) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Quartz (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Ruby (1993) Electronic Chess Computer

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9304 - 1994

38601 - 1997

813 - 1981

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891 - 1989

Sapphire

Sapphire II

Savant

Scorpio 68000

Secondo

Novag Sapphire (1994)

Novag Sapphire II (1997)

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Novag Secondo Electronic Chess Computer

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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.

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.

COMING SOON

873 - 1987

COMING SOON

1004 - 2003

1027 - 2005

Sensor Dynamic

Solo

Star Aquamarine

Star Diamond

Star Opal

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Novag Star Diamond (2003)

Novag Star Opal (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

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1023 - 2004

1003 - 2003

844 - 1984

COMING SOON

1987

Star Ruby

Star Sapphire

Super Constellation

Super Expert C

Super Forte Version A

Novag Star Ruby (2004) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Star Sapphire (2003)

Novag Super Constellation (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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Novag Super Forte Version A (1987) Electronic Chess Computer

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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.

1989

1990

904 - 1990

812 - 1981

895 - 1989

Super Forte Version B

Super Forte Version C

Super Nova

Super Sensor IV

Super V.I.P

Novag Super Forte B

Novag Super Forte Version C (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

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Novag Super Sensor IV - 1981

Novag Super V.I.P. (1989) Electronic Chess Computer

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881 - 1988

9206 - 1992

1005 - 200

9407 - 1992

38702 - 1997

Supremo

Topaz

Touch

Tourmaline

Tourmaline Plus

Novag Supremo (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Topaz (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Touch (2001) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Tourmaline (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Tourmaline Plus (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

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THE ROYAL GAME

THE ROYAL GAME

This picture was taken for a Novag Chess Computer box. Do you know from which box?

38709 - 1998

COMING SOON

9203 - 1993

9043 - 1994

Turquoise

V.I.P

Zircon

Zircon II

Novag Turquoise Electronic Chess Computer

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Novag Zircon (1993) Electronic Chess Computer

Novag Zircon II (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

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Novag Universal Board

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Novag Accessories

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