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

ABOUT NOVAG SAPPHIRE II MODEL 38601 ELECTRONIC TRAVEL CHESS COMPUTER

 

The NOVAG SAPPHIRE II is the world's strongest Travel Chess Computer running on H8 RISC-Style processor with 160K program memory and 129K working area. It offers an array of new features and has also incorporated Hash-Tables to significantly improve the chess computer's play, especially the end-game play.

The SAPPHIRE II is also compatible with the NOVAG SUPER SYSTEM. This will enable it full thought process to be recorded on a PC (most types) or the game to be displayed or recorded onto a domestic TV through the NOVAG DISTRIBUTOR and the TV-Interface (optional). Watch as your chess gains a whole new dimension.

Connection to the NOVAG UNIVERSAL CHESSBOARD

Challenge your NOVAG SAPPHIRE II on this beautiful, full-sized wooden auto-sensory chessboard. It also can be connected to any PC and therefore it is compatible with most of the popular chess software-programs. WChess, Chess Genius, Fritz, Mephisto Advantage, Rebel 7 etc. It can be upgraded the minute new exciting chess software is available. Enjoy your favorite chess software and play a game of chess the traditional way instead of using the keyboard or mouse of your PC.

The NOVAG SAPPHIRE II is the travel equivalent of the NOVAG DIAMOND II.

 

MAIN NOVAG SAPPHIRE II MODEL 38601 GAME CHARACTERISTICS

 

  • A huge array of features and an elegant easy-to-play SENSOR CHESSBOARD assure lasting pleasure.
  • Strong H8 RISC style processor with 160k program memory and 129k working area, running at 32 MHz.
  • 56 play levels to match your skill including Blitz, Tournament, Training, Analytic and Novice levels.
  • High-speed Selective Search or powerful Brute Force program - choose between the two.
  • 64 preset playing levels and unlimited independent level settings for Black and White.
  • The cleverly arranged 6-digit Liquid Crystal Display provides easy access to many game options.
  • Vary the style of play by selecting active or passive opening book, selective or full width search, with or without extensions. In addition one of 4 levels of randomness can be selected.
  • Now with Rating System - evaluate your own play strength.
  • Storage of up to 64 games for replay on the LCD display.
  • The SAPPHIRE II connects to any PC via serial port which allows you to record and display its full thought processes easily.
  • Plays with 4 AA alkaline batteries allowing 50 hours of play or use a special mains adapter NOVAG Art. No. 8210 (both supplied separately).

 

Excerpts taken from the NOVAG SAPPHIRE II user manual and box.

 

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

Technical Specification

Novag Sapphire II (1997)

Novag Model 38601 Sapphire II (1997) External Magnetic Non Sensory Chess Board
Novag Model 38601 Sapphire II (1997) Protective Wallet
Novag Model 38601 Sapphire II (1997)User Manual

External Board

Protective Wallet

User Manual

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Novag Industries Ltd.

David Kittinger

2420 USCF

1997

$395.00

2108 SSDF

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

38601

My Serial #:

664835

Processor OEM

Hitachi

Processor:

H8/325

Speed:

Type:

8 Bit

26.6 MHz

ROM:

160 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:

64 + User Def.

Opening Book:

123K Half Moves

Take Back:

400 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

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USCF

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USCF

CCR

CCNS 98

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FIDE

USCF

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2180

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2236

2173

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