RARE

This webpage introduces the rarer chess computers in my collection.Each chess computer has it’s own page of photographs and comment. Some comments are brief, other pages have stories or features which
I hope you will find of interest.

Click on the photos below to go to the additional information.
 

Rarity in chess computers can be difficult to pin down. Some are known to have been manufactured in very small numbers and therefore by definition are very rare. Others were produced in their hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands but if they were of limited strength, hard to use and prone to faults, few will have survived to this day. Many survivors from the 1970s or 1980s will have spent two or three decades in attics or closets, barely used and deemed of little value until the revival in interest in dedicated chess computers of recent years.
 

Intellect - 02  2.1  25 x 25

Rarity can be related to a machine which, unusually for that model, is still working. Or a collector’s item may include a scarce program module or some other accessory, component or characteristic which increases it’s rarity value. Chess computers restricted to release in just one country may appear from elsewhere to be very rare. In this and many other cases time will tell how many there really are.

I make no claim of exceptional rarity for most of these chess computers. In the majority of cases I have no idea how many survivors there are. The approach I take to this issue is this. If a chess computer is found only in a limited number of known collections, and appears very infrequently on the internet, including Ebay, it qualifies as rare for the purposes of this feature. Other chess computers, seen a little more often, have been included if they are of particular interest.

Hopefully this feature will include some models, photographs or information you have not seen before. At the very least, for the hard core collectors, a pleasant browse through the rare, reasonably rare and not so rare.
 

RARE

Manufacturer and Model

Country
of
origin

Year
of release

Programmer

Elo

Number made/ Number in collections or seen on Ebay so far

SciSys Mark V Prototype 1 3 x 3

SciSys Mark V Prototype

UK

1980/81

David Broughton (+ David Levy)

1404?

5? / 1

Izot 1042C 2 3 x 3

Izot U30M 1042C

Bulgaria

1986

Ron Nelson

1359

? / 1

SPS-RRR Playmate-2 1 3 x 3

SPS/RRR Playmate-2

USSR
(Latvia)

1989

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1754

? / 1

SPS Partner 4 3 x 3

SPS Partner

Bulgaria

1986

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1754

? / 4

Mephisto Almeria Turniermaschine  3 3 x 3

Mephisto Almeria Turniermaschine

West Germany

1988

Richard Lang

2160

6

VEB Erfurt Chess-Master Table 7 3 x 3

VEB Erfurt
Chess-Master Table

East Germany

1988

Rudiger Worbs & Dieter Schultze

1100

10 / 5

Intellect-02  1  5 x 5

Intellect - 02

USSR
(Russia)

1988

Ron Nelson

868

8000 / 5

VEB Erfurt SC1  1  5 x 5

VEB Erfurt/Radiophon
 SC-1

East Germany

1981

Ron Nelson

1300

12 / ?

RCS Granit S 4 4 x 4

RCS Granit ‘S’

West Germany

1986

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

 

?

Peri Gamma  1  5 x 5

Peri Gamma

Austria

1989

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1760

?

Elektronika IM-29 7 3 x 3

Elektronika IM-29

Russia

1992

Julio Kaplan/
Craig Barnes

?

 

Chess Partner 6000  3  5 x 5

SciSys Chess Partner 6000

Hong Kong

1984

Julio Kaplan ?

 

? / 6

Splice Byte  12  5 x 5

Splice Byte XD 300

Brazil

1982

Ron Nelson

1311

 

Conic Korchnoi  1  5 x 5

Conic Computer Chess 7013
(Korchnoi)

Hong Kong

1981

Stephen Chen

 

 

Chess Champion Mk VI + Sensor Board 6 5x5

SciSys Chess Champion Mark VI + Sensor Board

Hong Kong

1982/83

Mark Taylor, David Broughton, David Levy

1550

 

Courier V  3  5 x 6

SciSys Courier V

Hong Kong

1985

Julio Kaplan, Craig Barnes

 

 

Fidelity Poppy 2 4 x 4

Fidelity Poppy

West Germany

1983

Ron Nelson

 

 

Fidelity Grandmaster Voice 5 4 x 4

Fidelity Grandmaster Voice

West Germany

1980

Ron Nelson

1358

 

Fidelity Decorator Challenger  3  5 x 5

Fidelity Decorator Challenger

USA

1981

Ron Nelson

1358

 

ARB + GM 4.0  1  5 x 5

Applied Concepts Auto Response Board + GM Series
3, 3.5 and 4.0 modules

USA

1983

Dan & Kathe Spracklen
(4.0 module)

1600

 

Fidelity Chesster Phantom 3 3 x 3

Fidelity Chesster Phantom (6124)

USA

1991

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1835

 

Novag Robot Adversary 1 3 x 3

Novag Robot Adversary

Hong Kong

1982

David Kittinger

1462

2000 made
20-40 working?

Elektronika IM - 01  3 3 x 3

Elektronika IM - 01

Russia

1991

V. Petrenko

 

 

Peri Delta  2  3 x 3

Peri Delta

Austria

1989

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1830

 

Mephisto Munchen Dallas 68020  2  3 x 3

Mephisto Munchen
 Dallas 68020

West Germany

1986

Richard Lang

2098

 

Fidelity Elite Privat  3 3 x 3

Fidelity Elite Privat

West Germany

1984

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1720

 

Fidelity Champion Elite  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Champion Elite

USA

1981

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1600

500

Fidelity Super Nine De Luxe 5 3 x 3

Fidelity Super 9
De Luxe

USA

1983

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1630

 

Fidelity Elite Premiere  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Elite Premiere

USA

1992

Richard Lang +
Dan & Kathe Spracklen

2103 +

500 approx

Novag Savant II  1  5 x 5

Novag Savant II

Hong Kong

1982

David Kittinger

1440

 

Mephisto III-S Glasgow + Exclusive S 4 5 x 5

Mephisto III-S Glasgow

West Germany

1984

Thomas Nitsche,
Elmar Henne

1665

 

Super System IV 5 5x5

SciSys Chess Champion Super System IV

Hong Kong

1981

Mike Johnson

1380

 

Fidelity USCF Special Edition 2 5 x 5

Fidelity USCF Special Edition

USA

1984

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1630

 

Compuchess Second Edition  2  5 x 5

Staid (Data Cash) Compuchess
Second Edition

USA

1978

D. B. Goodrich and Associates?

 

 

Fidelity Avant Garde V.11  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Elite Avant Garde V.11
72 Mhz

USA / Germany

2007

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

2280

25 (approx)
 68060 v.11s
of various types

Elektronika IM-05 2 3 x 3

Elektronika IM - 05

Russia

1993

V. Petrenko?

 

 

Fidelity Super 9  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Super 9

USA

1983

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1630

 

Fidelity Septennial  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Champion SCC Septennial

USA

1983

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1650

500 approx

Novag Solo Deluxe Z  1 3 x 3

Novag Solo Deluxe Z

Hong Kong

1989

David Kittinger

948

 

Fidelity Travel Master  2  3 x 3

Fidelity Travel Master

China

1991

Frans Morsch

1897

 

Mayak Computer Chess 2 3 x 3

Mayak Computer Chess

Ukraine

1992

Frans Morsch

1712

 

Excalibur Mirage Marble 3 3 x 3

Excalibur Mirage Marble

China

1996

Ron Nelson/Larry Kaufman

1780

 

Tryom Electronic Chess 5 3 x 3

Tryom Electronic Chess (white)

USA

1981

D. B. Goodrich and Associates?

 

 

Chess King Master  2  5 x 5

Chess King Master

UK

1983

Richard Lang

1200 (SS)

 

MB Phantom  3  5 x 5

Milton Bradley Phantom

USA

1983

Intelligent Software
(Mark Taylor)

1500

 

Mephisto Munchen Resurrection  1  5 x 5

Mephisto Munchen Resurrection 2.09

Germany / Netherlands

2005

Ruud Martin, Letouzy, Valfridsson,
Pascutto, Gaksch
(+ Rajlich v.2.09)

2500
(Fruit’05)

< 50

Mephisto Nigel Short  1  5 x 5

Mephisto Nigel Short

Germany

1993

Ed Schroder

1980

 

Destiny Mini Master  1  5 x 5

Destiny Mini Master

USA

1982

John Aker

1570

 

Elektronika  1  5 x 5

Elektronika IM - 01T

Russia

1992

V. Petrenko?

 

 

Mephisto Bavaria Genius 68030 London  1  5 x 5

Mephisto Bavaria
Genius 68030 London

Germany

1996

Richard Lang

2302

 

Fidelity Sensory SE12 3 3 x 3

Fidelity Sensory 12E

USA

1984

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1680

 

Chess King Triomphe  1  5 x 5

Chess King Triomphe

UK

1983?

Mark Taylor

 

 

Fidelity CC1  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Chess Challenger (CC1)

USA

1977

Ron Nelson

985

1000

Fidelity Elite Avant Garde Mobile Master 2 3 x 3

Fidelity Elite Avant Garde (Mobile Master)

USA

1986

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1835

 

Fidelity Chesster Phantom Eyeball  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Chesster Phantom Eyeball
(6126)

USA

1991

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1835

2500 approx

Applied Concepts GGM + Steinitz  1  5 x 5

Applied Concepts Great Game Machine + Steinitz module

USA

1983

David Slate

1580

 

Fidelity Silver Bullet  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Silver Bullet
+ upgrade modules

USA

1986

Ron Nelson

1300

 

Fidelity Prestige  1  5 x 5

Fidelity Prestige

USA

1982

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1661

1000 approx

Conchess Escorter  6  5 x 5

Conchess Escorter
+ program modules

Ireland

1982

Ulf Rathsman

1550
(P - 1667)
(T6 - 1808)

 

Mephisto Montreux 2 3 x 3

Mephisto Montreux

China

1995

Johan de Koning

2211

 

Peri Beta  1  5 x 5

Peri Beta

Austria

1989

Ron Nelson

1300

 

Chess King Counter Gambit  5  5 x 5

Chess King
Counter Gambit

UK

1987?

Mark Taylor

 

 

Novag Super VIP and Touch Sensory Board 10 3 x 3

Novag Super VIP + Touch Sensory Board

Hong Kong

1989/90

David Kittinger

1684

 

Westrak Computer Chess  1  5 x 5

Westrak Computer Chess

Hong Kong

1981

Stephen Chen

 

 

Novag Diablo  3  5 x 5

Novag Diablo

Hong Kong

1991

David Kittinger

2005

500 approx

Saitek Renaissance Sparc  10  5 x 5

Saitek Renaissance
+ Sparc module

Hong Kong

1989 / 1993

Dan & Kathe
Spraklen

2225

 

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