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KASPAROV CHESS COMPUTERS

KASPAROV CHESS COMPUTERS

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

Saitek was formed in 1987 when the owner Erich Winkler decided to change the name of his company which had previously operated under the name of SciSys since 1979.

Saitek Chief Erich Winkler
Erich Winkler

Both SciSys and Saitek have enjoyed over the years the use of the name Kasparov through the cooperation of the chess world champion Garry Kasparov.

The use of this brand name helped their sales across the world and when they bought Hegener & Glaser’s Mephisto in 1994, they became the world’s largest manufacturer of dedicated chess computers.

Saitek over the years have introduced an enormous range of competitively priced attractive chess computers and they still introduce new models into the market today. 

Saitek’s chess computers are endorsed by the World Champion himself, Garry Kasparov, and they offer a range of products from portable LCD to deluxe wooden tabletop. Strong new, or upgraded, programs in almost all the products will challenge top club players while giving beginners a good chance of winning. The Kasparov Training program, for beginners and intermediate players, with their comprehensive chess training books, help players learn the techniques to win. And all entry level chess computers now contain a range of fun levels, which duplicate the mistakes made by beginners to enable you to learn from them.

More experienced players can choose from a wide range of designs, product features and price. And for those who want the ultimate, at the top of the range, Saitek offers beautiful handcrafted wooden chessboards, with modules to suit all abilities.

Some excerpts taken from a Saitek Computer Catalog.

SAITEK INTELLIGENT MOVES CATALOG

SAITEK INTELLIGENT MOVES CATALOG

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog front and back page.

SAITEK - THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU!

With Saitek Intelligent Games, you make the right choice. And Saitek is dedicated to justifying that choice. It offers a wider, more appealing range than ever before. Reliable, fast-selling products to cater for every market segment.

Comitted to the Swiss ideal of reliability and excellence, Saitek leads the industry. It has more research, uncompromising quality standards and full marketing support. Saitek constantly strives to offer better value, better features, and the latest technology to justify its position as the world’s leader in dedicated intelligent games.

Whether it is chess, bridge, backgammon, checkers or any other intelligent game, Saitek offers you products that are all backed by its one year worldwide guarantee. Eye-catching packaging with clear product information ensures that Saitek products sell themselves! Even without using some of the existing point of sale material available!

The message is clear -- your first choice MUST be Saitek!

Excerpt taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Product Catalog.

This Garry Kasparov endorsement picture is taken from a 1995 Saitek chess computer box.

This Garry Kasparov endorsement picture is taken from a 1995 Saitek chess computer box.

Saitek Collection

177 - 1996

COMING SOON

CH04 - 2003

K01 - 1998

COMING SOON

Advanced Talking Chess

Advanced Trainer

Advanced Travel Chess

Alchemist

Alchemist Plus

Saitek Advanced Talking Chess (1996) Electronic Chess Computer

Coming Soon

Saitek Advanced Travel Chess (2003) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Alchemist (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

Coming Soon

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“CAN YOU THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME?”

“CAN YOU THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME?”

A slogan used in several “SAITEK” Sales Ads.

“KASPAROV WORLD CHAMPION”

“KASPAROV WORLD CHAMPION”

A Garry Kasparov Logo seen on many Saitek Chess Computer boxes.

ENDORSED BY “KASPAROV WORLD CHAMPION”

ENDORSED BY “KASPAROV WORLD CHAMPION”

A Garry Kasparov endorsement as seen on later years Saitek Chess Computer boxes.

Saitek box photo “FAMILY ENJOYS PLAYING CHESS ON A CHESS COMPUTER”

“FAMILY ENJOYS PLAYING CHESS ON A CHESS COMPUTER”

Saitek tried hard to portray Chess Computers as a family game. It is probably also the reason why Saitek sold the most and was the most successful and long-lived chess computer manufacturer.

K14VW - 1998

K10 - 1998

K03V/W - 1998

COMING SOON

K09 - 1998

Aragon

Aria

Aurora

Avalon

Barracuda

Saitek Aragon (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Aria (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Aurora (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

Coming Soon

Saitek Kasparov Barracuda Electronic Chess Computer (1998)

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World Champion Gary Kasparov who endorsed Saitek and SciSys by allowing them to use the “KASPAROV” Brand Name on their chess computers.  Picture taken from Saitek Sales Literature.

World Champion Garry Kasparov who endorsed Saitek and SciSys by allowing them to use the “KASPAROV” Brand Name on their chess computers. Picture taken from Saitek Sales Literature.

Another Garry Kasparov endorsement picture.  This one was taken from the Saitek Aria (1998) packing

Another Garry Kasparov endorsement picture. This one was taken from the Saitek Aria (1998) packing.

COMING SOON

K16 - 2000

K12V - 1998

118B - 1992

K04 - 1998

Blitz

Bravo

Bullet

Calculator Chess

Capella

Coming Soon

Saitek Bravo (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Bllet (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Calculator Chess (1992)

Saitek Capella Electronic Chess Computer

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Cover of a small Saitek chess computer products pamphlet 1995.

Cover of a small Saitek chess computer products pamphlet 1995.

145 - 1988

K08 - 1998

147 - 1992

CT05 - 2004

206 - 1986

Cavalier

Centurion

Champion Advanced Trainer

Chess Challenger

Chess Companion III

Saitek Cavalier (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Centurion (1998)

Saitek Champion Advanced Trainer (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Chess Challenger Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Chess Companion III (1986) Electronic Chess Computer

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A drawing of a man playing a SAITEK KASPAROV chess computer while commuting on an aircraft.

A drawing of a man playing a SAITEK KASPAROV chess computer while commuting on an aircraft.

Can you recognize the chess computer?

A picture taken from a Saitek Chess Computer.

COMING SOON

116 - 1991

CT03 - 2003

133 - 1996

175 - 1995

Chess Partner

Chess Shadow

Chess Trainer

Chessman

Coach Partner

Coming Soon

Saitek Chess Shadow (1991) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Chess Trainer (2003) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Chessman (1996)

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Saitek top-class international programmers backed up by professional in-house R & D team.

Saitek top-class international programmers backed up by professional in-house R & D team.

Can you spot Dan & Kathe Spracklen?

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

171 - 1995

271 - 1988

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

K06 - 1998

Concord

Conquistador

Corona

Cosmic

Cosmos

Saitek Concord (1995) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Kasparov Conquistador (1988)

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Saitek Kasparov Cosmos (1998)

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A Gary Kasparov introduction of “SAITEK” and the “KASPAROV” Brand  in some sales literature dated around 1987.  Can you recognize the chess computer? Can you recognize the desktop?

A Garry Kasparov introduction of “SAITEK” and the “KASPAROV” Brand in some sales literature dated around 1987. Can you recognize the chess computer? Can you recognize the desktop?

K07 - 1998

COMING SOON

CH06 - 2004

CT09 - 2004

CT12U - 2008

Cougar

Executive

Expert Travel

Explorer

Explorer Pro

Saitek Kasparov Cougar (1988)

Coming Soon

Saitek Mephisto Expert Travel Electronic Chess Computer (2004)

Saitek Explorer (2004) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Explorer Pro (2008) Electronic Chess Computer

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A picture of a man playing a SAITEK KASPAROV chess computer.

A picture of a man playing a SAITEK KASPAROV chess computer.

Can you recognize the chess computer?

Looks like a multilevel building in Germany, or maybe even Hong Kong?

A picture taken from a Saitek Chess Computer.

133B - 1996

272 - 1992

273 - 1993

166 - 1992

CT01 - 2006

Express

GK 2000

GK 2100

Junior Chess

Junior Master

Saitek Express (1996) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek GK 2000 (1992)

Saitek GK2100 (1993)

Saitek Junior Chess (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Junior Master (2006) Electronic Chess Computer

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“DAN & KATHE SPRACKLEN”

“DAN & KATHE SPRACKLEN”

They were part of the Saitek team for a brief period of time early 90’s.

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

CH08 - 2004

CT07V - 2003

164D - 1989

164D - 1989

COMING SOON

Maestro

Master Chess

Micro Travel

Mk 12 Trainer

Mk 14 Trainer

Saitek Mephisto Maestro (2004)

Saitek Master Chess (2003) Electronic Chess Computer

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Saitek Mk 12 Trainer (1989)

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THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR - YOUR FIRST CHOICE MUST BE SAITEK!

THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR - YOUR FIRST CHOICE MUST BE SAITEK!

Another Garry Kasparov endorsement.

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

A SAITEK INTRODUCTION

Congratulations on buying one of Saitek’s Intelligent Games. This choice guarantees you many hours of enjoyment and stimulation. As the world leader in Intelligent Games, Saitek offers a superlative choice of products to suit your interest and playing skills. Chess, bridge, backgammon, blackjack - whatever your interest, Saitek has a game for you!

Who needs an intelligent games computer: the answer is everyone! Here is a partner available anytime you want to play, capable of adapting its technique to give you a chance to win, or keeping up with you as your skill improves. In today’s fast moving world, you can start a game whenever you have some time, break off and resume at any time - the computer’s memory will retain the position until you are ready to play again.

Advanced technology and elegant design combine to increase your enjoyment, as does the worldwide 12 month guarantee.

Excerpt taken from a Saitek game catalog.

208 - 1992

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

115 - 1990

137 - 1997

Olympiad

Plus Coach

Pocket Chess

Pocket Plus Trainer

Portable Talking Coach

Saitek Olympiad (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Saitek Kasparov Pocket Plus Trainer (1990)

Saitek Portable Talking Coach (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

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“KASPAROV CHESS COMPUTERS”

“KASPAROV CHESS COMPUTERS”

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

281 - 1990

COMING SOON

322 - 1992

200500 - 1994

165H - 1994

Prisma

President

Risc 2500 2 MB

Schach-Trainer

Sensor

Saitek Kasparov Prisma (1990)

Coming Soon

Saitek Kasparov Risc 2500 2 MB (1992)

Saitek Hegener + Glaser Schach-Trainer  (1994)

Saitek Kasparov Sensor (1994)

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“TRAINING AND FUN!”

“TRAINING AND FUN!”

Many Saitek Chess Computers in the 1990’s were sold with “CAL” (Computer Assisted Learning) and “Easy Steps To Winning Chess” book included.

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

TRAINING AND FUN

Everyone knows that the key to long term enjoyment in any game is winning. Most beginners and casual players find even the lowest level in most chess computers difficult to beat. So, one of the aims this year has been to make chess more approachable for many more people. Saitek chess computers already include an enormous amount of coaching functions, but how to get this message across to the average user?

The task was tackled in two ways: first, by developing the two-tier Kasparov Training Program, offering beginners and intermediate players a complete integrated chess training system, in which the chess computer and specially written training book combine to develop players from novice to skilled player. Special packaging puts across the step-by-step approach and the simple message which will attract new players to the game.

The other approach to increased enjoyment has been to develop new fun levels, levels at which the computer can be expected to make some very human errors, giving even beginners a chance to win: these are featured in both new portable computers, Chess Shadow and Traveller.

Excerpt taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

172 - 1995

310 - 1988

467 - 1996

COMING SOON

176F - 1998

Sensor XL

Simultano Version C

Solar Star

Talking Chess Academy

Talking Coach

Saitek Kasparov Sensor XL (1995)

Saitek Kasparov Simultano Electronic Chess  Computer (1988)

Saitek Solar Star (1996)

Coming Soon

Talking Coach (1998) Electronic Chess Computer

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“SAITEK CHESS GROUP 1”

“SAITEK CHESS GROUP 1”

Value, fun and training for beginners to average chess players.

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

SAITEK CHESS GROUP 1

VALUE, FUN AND TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS TO AVERAGE CHESS PLAYERS.

Saitek offers four products in this range - two pocket and two table-top.

The brand-new Traveller with its new fun levels offers even a beginner a good chance to win. In these 8 fun levels, the computer imitates the mistakes beginners tend to make, such as failing to develop their pieces early in the game, forgetting to protect their major pieces and so on. The beginner gradually learns to avoid these basic mistakes and so improve his game and move on to the 8 ordinary levels for a more challenging game. The Traveller also makes the perfect companion: the handy transparent cover clips onto the back while you play and there’s a neat piece compartment.

The ever-popular Electronic Chess Partner is a good compact table-top sensory chess computer at an affordable price, easy to operate and ideal for beginners and occasional players.

New chess players mean more sales - to encourage more people to the game, Saitek has developed the Kasparov Training Program. The popular Pocket Plus and the Mark 12 now come re-packaged as Kasparov Trainers, with a specially-written new book, Easy Steps to Winning Chess, with a preface written by the Master himself, Garry Kasparov! The computer’s inbuilt coaching functions combine with the book to illustrate all the basic moves and to demonstrate the techniques necessary to develop that knockout punch that wins games.

Four products which offer an excellent introduction to the world of chess - the perfect starting point even for future World Champions!

Excerpt taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

COMING SOON

207 - 1988

COMING SOON

146 - 1992

COMING SOON

Talking Chess Trainer

Team Mate

Team Mate Advanced Trainer

Travel Champion (2080 USCF)

Travel Champion (2100 USCF)

Coming Soon

Saitek Team Mate (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Coming Soon

Travel Champion (2080 USCF) (1992) Electronic Chess Computer

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“SAITEK CHESS GROUP 2”

“SAITEK CHESS GROUP 2”

Features, strength and great value.

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

SAITEK CHESS GROUP 2

FEATURES, STRENGTH AND GREAT VALUE.

All seven products in this section are packed with features to appeal to players with a wide range of abilities.

This year, Saitek introduces an all-LCD chess computer, the Chess Shadow; you don’t even need to know how to play chess to enjoy this product. It will show all legal moves, make suggestions, and act as referee. Responding to the pleas of the 80% of players who cannot beat chess computers at any level, Shadow, like the Traveller, offers 8 fun levels (in addition to the 8 regular levels) where the computer can be relied upon to make some very human errors, giving even beginners a really good chance to win.

Following on our conviction that winning makes players happy, we continue our Kasparov Training Program with the Kasparov Advanced Trainers, the Portable (previously Cavalier) and the Team Mate. Playing through the 8 specially selected master games with the help of the computer and the special accompanying training book, the Step-by-Step Program to Chess Mastery, the intermediate player gradually acquires the techniques to win.

Prisma and Blitz are strong computers, ideal for the chess enthusiast. Prisma offers a mass of information feedback and analysis through its integrated LCD chessboard and 11-character info line. Blitz, on the other hand, is designed for speed and convenience. The extra-large chessboard (with the patented Automatic Piece Sensor), the LED on every square, and the uncluttered design with all functions controlled by just two dials: everything combines for ease of play.

For the traditionalist, Astral combines the beauty and elegance of wood with a powerful program to suit all players from beginner to serious club standard.

Saitek mid range - features performance to suit all needs and markets!

Excerpt taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

122B - 1994

117 - 1990

117B - 1991

320 - 1987

COMING SOON

Travel Companion

Traveller Version A

Traveller Version B

Turbo King

Virtuoso

Saitek Travel Companion (1994)

Saitek Kasparov Traveller Version A (1990) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Kasparov Traveller Version B (1991) Electronic Chess Computer

Saitek Kasparov Turbo King (1987)

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“SAITEK CHESS GROUP 3”

“SAITEK CHESS GROUP 3”

Affordable luxury and strength.

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

SAITEK CHESS GROUP 3

AFFORDABLE LUXURY AND STRENGTH.

At the top of the range, Saitek offers four products in which beauty, luxury and strength combine with superlative features for those who want only the best.

The Turbo King and Corona are sensibly priced strong computers, the wood finish of the Corona perhaps appealing to the more traditional buyer. Very different in appearance, both products now incorporate an upgraded program which makes them even stronger, with more aggressive openings and even better positional knowledge.

The beautiful hand-crafted luxury of Galileo and Renaissance offers unparalleled ease of play through the patented Blitz board and the Renaissance’s quad-lamp move indication system. The superlative features are complemented by a wealth of information feedback and now an even wider range of modules to enhance performance - additional openings and endgame knowledge, more levels, and increased strength.

From the quality of the hand-finishing to the meticulous programming - nothing has been spared to achieve the perfect chess computer for the discerning player.

Excerpt taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

Saitek Modular Systems
Modular Chess Boards
“BLITZ BOARD”

“BLITZ BOARD”

The leading edge in technology.

Picture taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

SAITEK BLITZ BOARD

THE LEADING EDGE IN TECHNOLOGY.

Saitek already leads the world of auto piece sensing with its patented Blitz board system, featured on the three top end chessboards. This system ensures that both captures and normal moves can be made at high speed (as in a game of Blitz chess) and the computer will record these moves reliably and accurately. In addition to this, Saitek has now developed a brand new suste, of piece sensing call the Automatic Piece Sensor (APS) which brings a non-pressure sensing board to the mid range in the form of Kasparov Blitz.

Blitz is also the first chess computer that can be operated with just two dials. You can select all functions quickly and easily and see the settings clearly on the LCD screen.

Kasparov Chess Computers from Saitek - the world’s favorite chess computers!

Excerpt taken from Saitek Intelligent Moves Catalog.

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

Galileo

Renaissance

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

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Game Modules

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

Brute Force

Maestro B 6 MHz

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Game Module

Game Module

Tuned Saitek Computers

The SAITEK chess computers below have been modified to run at a higher clock speed enabling them to reach higher ELO ratings in Active 30s/move and Tournament 40s/20 levels.

K06 - 1998

Cosmos - 24 MHz

Saitek Kasparov Cosmos 24 MHz (Tuned) (1998)

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“SWISS-LED PRECISION”

“SWISS-LED PRECISION”

Saitek Computers were made in Hong Kong/China, countries which in the 70’s-90’s used to have a quality stigma associated to them. This piece of marketing language must have been used to try and offset this by focusing a Buyer’s thought to the “Swiss” quality associated to watches and precision instruments, which of course Saitek (previosuly SciSys) could effectively use since the owner Erich Winkler was born in Switzerland.

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