About Fidelity Model VSC Voice Sensory Challenger (1980) Electronic Chess Computer

FIDELITY VOICE SENSORY CHALLENGER MODEL VSC ELECTRONIC CHESS COMPUTER

 

Your VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER is Fidelity's first thinking chess game that talks ... and sees every move you make. The most advanced state-of-the-art technology provides you with an amazing computerized opponent that plays chess with skill and cunning, yet allows you to control the levels of difficulty.

Your VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER is not a contrived chess board that has been gimmicked with lights and pushbutton keys - CHALLENGER is, in every sense, a versatile and talented computerized chess playing opponent.

The voice feature is not a tape recording, but a computer created voice capability that talks in response to CHALLENGER'S thoughts or to a move made by the human player. A vocabulary of over fifty words will verbalize play action such as which piece was moved or captured, illegal moves, when your King is in check, etc., and it will tell you when it is verifying the locations of the pieces on the board (at your request).

In addition to being an excellent chess opponent, VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER provides a number of additional functions that enhance playability and increase enjoyment of the game.

 

FIDELITY VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER - Picture taken from protective case.

FIDELITY VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER - Picture taken from protective case.

 

MAIN FIDELITY VOICE SENSORY CHALLENGER MODEL VSC GAME CHARACTERISTICS

 

LEVELS: Ten levels of play including Tournament and Infinite level for correspondence chess or mate problems.

PONDERS: Thinks on its opponents time for faster response.

RANDOM PLAY: This provides additional variety.

  • In NON-RANDOM MODE, the computer does not consider equally good moves, but will select the first reasonably good move it finds.
  • In RANDOM MODE, when a choice of equally good moves are available, the computer will choose from equally good moves at random so that each game will be different.

POSITION VERIFICATION: Used to verify the exact position of each of the pieces.

PROBLEM MODE: Used to set up various chess problems and Mate-in-Two puzzles.

CHESS TEACHER: Two of VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER'S special features are helpful as teaching aids.

  • Pressing the DM Key when it is your move (at any time during a game), the computer will recommend a move for your side by announcing the move and lighting the indicators on the appropriate square.
  • If you are in doubt as to how a piece moves -- that is, the pattern a particular piece must follow as it is moved about the board -- the computer will graphically illustrate that pattern for you. This should be done before starting a game.

VOICE CONTROL: The Voice Control feature allows you to turn the voice off or to change it from high volume to low volume. You may also limit voice announcements to only illegal move and check warnings.

PRINTER CONTROL: If a FIDELITY CHALLENGER Printer is used with VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER, plug the Printer into the printer plug in the back of the computer.

CHESS CLOCK: VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER has two built-in Chess Clocks. One clock for the pieces played from the bottom of the board; the second clock is for the pieces played from the top. Either clock may be selected for viewing in the display window.

BOOK OPENINGS: VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER is programmed to respond to a variety of book openings (e.g. Sicilian, French, Ruy Lopez, Queen's Gambit Declined, etc.) The computer will continue to follow a patterned book response until the player departs from the pattern or attempts to enter an illegal move. A total of 64 Opening Variations are played by the computer.

GREATEST GAMES: VOICE SENSORY CHESS CHALLENGER is programmed to replay any one of 64 of the world’s greatest games. This special feature allows you to test your skill by playing against one of the masters. Your objective in a Great Game is to try to duplicate the moves that were made by the master during the actual game. You are given two opportunities to make the correct move. A running total of correct first try and correct second try moves is shown in the Display Window. Afterwards you can match your score against the Fidelity Skill Level Chart to see if your skill level is either A, B, C, D, E or F.

 

Excerpts taken from Fidelity Voice Sensory Chess Challenger user manual.

 

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Fidelity Model VSC Voice Sensory Challenger (1980) Electronic Chess Computer

Technical Specification

Fidelity Voice Sensory Challenger (1980)

Fidelity Model VSC Voice Sensory Challenger (1980) Protective Case
Fidelity Model VSC Voice Sensory Challenger (1980) Computer Label
Fidelity Model VSC Voice Sensory Challenger (1980) User Manual

Protective Case

Computer Label

User Manual

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Fidelity Electronics, Inc.

Ron Nelson

1400

1980

$695.00

1394

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

VSC

My Serial #:

02590283

Processor OEM

Zilog

Processor:

Z80

Speed:

Type:

8 Bit

4 MHz

ROM:

16 KB

RAM:

4 KB

Battery Type:

Not Available

Power Adapter:

9V DC 50/60 Hz

Display:

LCD 4P7S 64 LED

Board Type:

Press Sensory

Overall Size:

Board Size:

8x8 in

11.1/2x13x3.3/16

Options Select:

Button Select

Play Levels:

10

Opening Book:

1000 Half Moves

Take Back:

Problem Mode

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

Available

Solve Mate:

Mate in 2

Save Game:

Available

Ponder:

Available

Search Depth:

Not Known

Provide Hint:

Available

Teach Mode:

Not Available

Change Sides:

Available

Active Level:

TM Level:

CL6

Infinite Level:

CLH

CL3 (35 seconds)

Hardware Specification

Game Features

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USCF

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Human Rating

USCF

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CCNS

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FIDE

USCF

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1401

1275

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