Westrak Computer Chess
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Objectively this is a dubious addition to the Rare feature. This chess computer can be found under the Conic (7012 Electronic Chess), Hanimex and Westrak brand names. There is also a Hanimex (HMG 1200) in my collection. The Westrak seems to be the least often seen of the three, and is mainly found in the UK. I can remember reading about it in Tim Harding’s “The New Chess Computer Book” in the mid 1980s but had not heard of it again until fairly recently. The Conic Electronic Chess or Conic Tracer is better known.

The chess computer itself is a very early peg sensory, but of tabletop rather than portable type. The board measures 36 x 29 cm (14 x 12 inches).  In this respect it borders on the bizarre. I cannot think of another set with peg pieces which is so equipped other than to help its portability. However the system works well with 1.5 cm long metal prongs protruding from the plastic chess pieces.

Just like the similar but auto sensory Conic Korchnoi, the Westrak signals the level setting by lighting the numbers on the board, as in the 1 and 7 shown in the photos opposite.

Lastly the Westrak deserves a mention for being the only true CC1.
Fidelity’s Chess Challenger, the first chess computer to be sold to the public, is often unofficially referred to as the CC1 to distinguish it from the three level upgrade and other Chess Challengers which followed. However, as you can see from the box, manual and model sticker the Westrak really is the CC1.


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