ABOUT NOVAG SUPER FORTE B MODEL 888 ELECTRONIC CHESS COMPUTER
You can tell which Novag Super Forte version you have by pressing the SET LEVEL button after you have turned on your computer. The Super Forte Version A will display the level as in the above picture. Novag Super Forte Version B will display Level 3 Select 3 whereas Novag Super Forte Version C will display level 3 select 5.
MAIN NOVAG SUPER FORTE B MODEL 888 GAME CHARACTERISTICS
LEVELS: The SUPER FORTE has 65 selectable levels and they are divided into groups to suite every player:
VERIFY key: This is used to check if the position on the board is exactly the same as that held in the SUPER FORTE’s memory.
SETTING UP A SPECIAL POSITION: Press the Verify/Setup key twice and you will be in the SETUP mode and you may now clear the board of all the pieces by pressing the CLEAR BOARD key. Now you can set up game positions and problems to suit your imagination.
CHANGE COLOR key: This key has three functions:
CLEAR BOARD key: This key has three functions:
TRACE FORWARD: To use this key it is best to first restore the game to the starting position. If you started the game from a special SETUP position then the the restore game key sequence will return you to that position.
HINT key: Pressing this key:
PLAYER/PLAYER key: When this mode is entered (2 beeps) the SUPER FORTE takes no part in the game unless instructed by GO. A chess game between two parties could then be played or a chess game entered for processing by a personal computer (needs to be connected to an IBM compatible personal computer). All moves are checked for the side to move. This mode may be selected at any time except while the SUPER FORTE is computing.
BEST MOVE/RANDOM key: Selecting this mode will force the SUPER FORTE to randomly choose between 2 or more moves which are almost equal in their evaluation. Games of great variety may be played using this mode.
TAKE BACK key: If you make a mistake and wish to retract your move you may press the TAKE BACK key. There is no limit to the number of moves that you retract but you must remember to replace the captured pieces, castling etc. whenever indicated by the SUPER FORTE on the LCD.
FLIP DISPLAY/INFO key: If the INFO mode is selected you will be able to observe how the SUPER FORTE computes a move with the evaluation changing as it goes deeper into a position. The LCD will display various information retaining each display for a short while before going to the next and cycling through until the best move has been found. To fix a certain display so that it will always show on the LCD press the FLIP DISPLAY key until the information you want is on the LCD. The SUPER FORTE will then use this at all times until you select another display or if you press NEW GAME. Order of display for INFO mode:
STORE GAME key: Used to store a game into one of the 10 game numbers provided by SUPER FORTE. You may save long games into any game number but this will then leave less room for the other games. If some games stored are too long the remainder of the game numbers will not be available.
RESTORE GAME key: Used to restore any of the games stored in the 10 locations reserved for this use. Press SET LEVEL and then the key marked RESTORE GAME.
ANALYZE GAMES key: You may make the SUPER FORTE compute a reply for all the games stored in the 10 memory locations at any level that you wish. If you set a high level you will have to wait a long time before it completes the computation for the stored games. DO NOT set the SUPER FORTE at a level that takes too long or where the depth fixed is too deep (more than 10 half moves) or at INFINITE level. Note that the SUPER FORTE will only analyze the locations that contain games and will ignore the empty ones. NOTE: if you wish to see the moves that were computed for all the 10 game numbers you will have to restore each game number in turn and press FLIP DISPLAY to see the evaluation of the move played by the SUPER FORTE.
REVIEW key: This feature acts as a tutorial into a game of chess where the SUPER FORTE guides you through the current game in memory and to point out where tactics exist but which were not played. It is well known that in any game of chess the human players tend to miss out on simple tactics always looking out for strategical play or other positional factors which require less analysis. This lazy approach often loses out to a computer whose main preoccupation is with the tactical devices that exist in any position.
GAMBIT BOOK key: This narrows down the choice that the SUPER FORTE have in deciding which opening to play. This will force the SUPER FORTE to always select the gambit associated with any opening that you wish to play against it. However, if no gambits exist for your selected opening line against it then it will exit the opening book and will play logically from then on.
NEXT BEST key: This feature is for you to check if another good move is playable instead of the one just played. After you have taken back the last move indicated, the SUPER FORTE will immediately begin computing the next best move that is available in the position. If such a move is found it will be played, but if no other move is nearly equal in evaluation, the SUPER FORTE will play the same move again.
TOURNAMENT BOOK key: This narrows down the choice that the SUPER FORTE have in deciding which opening to play. This will force the SUPER FORTE to always select the best variation associated with any opening that you wish to play against it.
TIME CONTROL key: This special mode will allow you to view all 64 levels with their respective time controls instead of just a level number.
PRO-OP - PROGRAMMABLE OPENING BOOK key: This mode will allow you to program your own openings into the SUPER FORTE.
PRIORITY key: To make the SUPER FORTE select a preferred line more often you may before entering this opening variation press the PRIORITY key:
INTERFACE key: This mode can be used iw you are connected to an IBM PC XT AT or compatible computers and also have a communications port designated COM1 with a 25 pin connector.
NOTE: All of the above characteristics apply to all SUPTER FORTE’s, versions A, B and C.
NEW FEATURES ON YOUR NOVAG SUPER FORTE B MODEL 888
SET LEVEL key: To choose the degree of selectivity, you press the SET LEVEL key. When you have pressed the SET LEVEL key the display will read level “nn sel m” where “nn” is the current level selected between 1 and 64 and “m” is the current SELECT (selectivity) setting between 0 and 7. To change the SELECT setting use the “-->” key and the number “m” will increase for each depression until it reaches 7 and then reset to 0 etc.
Recommended choices are SELECT 3 for time controls of less than 3 minutes per move and SELECT 4 for the time controls of 3 minutes or more per move.
Solve Mate always uses SELECT 0” to make sure no mate is overlooked.
Select level may also be used for Infinite time control. Probably the best setting is SELECT 3 or SELECT 4.
The degree of selectivity may be set independently for Black and White. However, the computer will always assume you wish to have the same level for black and white unless you tell it otherwise.
Excerpts taken from the NOVAG SUPER FORTE B user manual and user manual addendum.