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About Novag Model 9204 Sapphire (1994) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

ABOUT NOVAG SAPPHIRE MODEL 9204 ELECTRONIC TRAVEL CHESS COMPUTER

 

The NOVAG SAPPHIRE is the latest Chess Computer from NOVAG with H8 RISC-Style Technology, which offers an array of new features such as : the computer is learning from its play so as not to repeat bad moves. The new SAPPHIRE has incorporated Hash-Tables to significantly improve the chess computer's play, especially the endgame play.

 

NOVAG SAPPHIRE Features. - Picture taken from the Novag Product catalog.

NOVAG SAPPHIRE Features. - Picture taken from the Novag Product catalog.

 

MAIN NOVAG SAPPHIRE MODEL 9204 GAME CHARACTERISTICS

 

  • Strong H8 RISC style processor with a 64k program memory and 128k working area.
  • 56 play levels to match your skill including Blitz, Tournament, Training, Analytic and Novice levels.
  • 24 levels RE-PROGRAMMABLE: personalize the Blitz and Tournament time controls.
  • Independent level settings for White and Black.

Wealth of analysis tools including:

  • 118k Hash-Table, approximately 64 Positions to significantly improve the computer's play, especially in the END Game.
  • 28 ply Depth Search can find mate-in-14 moves.
  • 36,000 pre-stored openings from MASTER CHESS to a maximum depth of 60 ply.
  • 3,000 Position User Programmable Opening Book.
  • Auto-play: the computer will play out a game which you can then restore and replay either at your own speed or with a move played every couple of seconds.
  • Complete Game Review: The computer will go through a game and recommend alternative moves for black, white or both.
  • Verify / Setup any position, next best move, referee mode, easy mode and four stage sound switch.
  • Up to 9 ply principle variation displayed.

The SAPPHIRE learns from its mistakes:  SAPPHIRE remembers up to 140 positions from games where its score has suddenly dropped. Next time the SAPPHIRE will avoid the same mistake.

64 Game Storage:  The SAPPHIRE can store, recall and replay up to 64 complete games = 10,000 moves.

LCD Display: The cleverly arranged Liquid Crystal Display shows a multitude of playing features:

  • Scrolling of move list.
  • Dynamic move evaluation.
  • Auto-play.
  • Information of current game setting.
  • Mate announcement.
  • Clock times.
  • Hint function and training mode.
  • Game verification.
  • Move take back up to 400 ply.
  • Depth search etc.

Opening Book:  Vary the style of play by selecting active or passive opening book, selective of full width search, with or without extensions, and by selecting one of 4 levels of randomness.

Connectivity:  The SAPPHIRE connects to NOVAG’S unique SUPER SYSTEM which allows you to record and display its full thought processes on most types of home computer and even to display the game, move by move, on a Domestic Color TV.

 

Excerpts taken from the NOVAG SAPPHIRE user manual and box.

 

Information on Novag Model 9204 Sapphire (1994) Electronic Travel Chess Computer
Novag Model 9204 Sapphire (1994) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Technical Specification

Novag Sapphire (1994)

Novag Model 9204 Sapphire (1994) External Magnetic Non Sensory Chess Board
Novag Model 9204 Sapphire (1994) Protective Wallet
Novag Model 9204 Sapphire (1994) User Manual

External Board

Protective Wallet

User Manual

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Novag Industries Ltd.

David Kittinger

2383 USCF

1994

$395.00

2091 SSDF

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

9304

My Serial #:

14177

Processor OEM

Hitachi

Processor:

H8/325

Speed:

Type:

8 Bit

26.6 MHz

ROM:

64 KB

RAM:

11KB+118K Hash

Battery Type:

4 x AAA

Power Adapter:

9V D/C -/+ 300mA

Display:

LCD 4 Pos 7 Seg

Board Type:

External Board

Overall Size:

Board Size:

6.7/8x6.7/8 in

3.1/8x6.1/8x3/4 in

Options Select:

Button Select

Play Levels:

56 + 24 User Def.

Opening Book:

36K Half Moves

Take Back:

140 Half Moves

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

Available

Solve Mate:

Mate in 8

Save Game:

Available

Ponder:

Available

Search Depth:

28 Ply max.

Provide Hint:

Available

Teach Mode:

Available

Change Sides:

Available

Active Level:

TM Level:

TR7

Infinite Level:

AN8

AT5

Hardware Specification

Game Features

Matchplay & Test ELO Ratings

Computer Game Rating

Rating Test

Other Computer Chess  Ratings

USCF

USCF

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Human Rating

USCF

CCR 95

CCNS 95

Ply 95

FIDE

USCF

2302

2328

2274

2233

2170

Expert Level Electronic Travel Chess Computer!

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