Chafitz's Space Age Fantasies. People lining up to enter their store.

Chafitz's Space Age Fantasies. People lining up to enter their store.

 

Chafitz Inc was established in the early 70’s by Steve Chafitz and his wife Arleen with an original investment of $75. Chafitz Inc. very quickly grew their business specializing in the most advanced and intelligent computer games available at that time.

Chafitz Inc launched their first chess computer “Boris” in February, 1978 and soon after received a call from an excited Bobby Fisher about their electronic chess game “Boris”.

Realizing that there existed a major potential in a new rapidly growing market for electronic gadgetry, Chafitz immediately increased their development of electronic games by hiring the best programmers available to develop programs for their games as quickly as possible.

 

Steve & Arleen Chafitz in a photo taken by Business Week for their December 3, 1979 Issue

Steve & Arleen Chafitz in a photo taken by Business Week for their December 3, 1979 Issue

 

Towards the end of the 70’s Chafitz teamed up with Applied Concepts Inc. Together they recruited Dan & Kathe Spracklen who were already renowned and respected because of their famous Sargon chess software program.

In 1980 Chafitz ARB Sargon 2.5 was launched which became a milestone for electronic chess computers. For the first time a full sized Auto Response Board was sold, incorporating Dan & Kathe Spracklen’s latest chess program Sargon 2.5. This pioneered the era of sensory chess computers.  All their competitors soon followed with their own versions of electronic sensory board chess computers.

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Chafitz Boris (1978) Electronic Chess Computer

1978

Boris

Table Top

1979

Boris Diplomat (Brown)

Travel

1979

1981

1981

Boris Diplomat (Blue)

Morphy Encore

Destiny Prodigy

Travel

Travel

Table Top

Chafitz Boris Diplomat (1979) Brown Version Electronic Travel Chess Computer
Chafitz Destiny Prodigy (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer
Chafitz Morphy Encore (1981) Electronic Chess Computer
Chafitz Boris Diplomat (1979) Blue Version Electronic Travel Chess Computer

2009

Steinitz Encore

Table Top

Chafitz Steinitz Encore (2009) Electronic Chess Computer
Modular Games Systems
Chafitz ARB Sargon 2.5 (1980) Wooden Tournament Size Electronic Chess Computer

1980

ARB Sargon 2.5

Table Top

1981

ARB Sargon 3.0

Table Top

1983

1979

2012

ARB Sargon 4.0

Modular Game System

ARB Sargon 4.0 16 MHz

Table Top

Table Top

Table Top

Chafitz ARB Sargon 3.0 (1981) Wooden Tournament Size Electronic Chess Computer
Chafitz ARB Sargon 4.0 16 MHz (2012) Wooden Tournament Size Electronic Chess Computer
Chafitz Modular Game System (MGS) (1979) Modular Electronic Chess Computer
Chafitz ARB Sargon 4.0 (1983) Wooden Tournament Size Electronic Chess Computer

1984

1981

Destiny Mega 4 GGM

Great Game Machine

Table Top

Table Top

Chafitz Great Game Machine (GGM) (1981) Modular Electronic Chess Computer
Chafitz Destiny Mega-4 (GGM) (1984) Modular Electronic Chess Computer
Modular Chess Modules
Chafitz Boris 2.5 (1979) Electronic Chess Computer Game Module

1979

Boris 2.5

Chess Game Module

1981

Sandy Edition Master

Chess Game Module

1979

1983

1981

Sargon 2.5

Steinitz-4

Morphy

Chess Game Module

Chess Game Module

Chess Game Module

Chafitz Sandy Edition Master (1981) Electronic Chess Computer Game Module
Chafitz Morphy (1981) Electronic Chess Computer Game Module
Chafitz Steinitz-4 (1983) Electronic Chess Computer Game Module
Chafitz Sargon 2.5 (1979) Electronic Chess Computer Game Module

ARB, Modular Game System and Great Game Machine chess boards

Chess Programs for Modular Game System (MGS) and Great Game Machine (GGM) chess boards

Chess Openings - Add-on for Modular Game System (MGS) and Great Game Machine (GGM)

1981

Gruenfeld

Chess Openings Module

Chafitz Gruenfeld (1981) Electronic Chess Computer Openings Module

Chess Endgame enhancement - Add-on for Modular Game System (MGS) and Great Game Machine (GGM)

1981

Capablanca

Chess Endgame Module

Chafitz Capablanca (1981) Electronic Chess Computer Endgame Module
Family playing chess with a Chafitz Modular Game System chess computer.

Family playing chess with a Chafitz Modular Game System chess computer.

Picture taken from a Modular Game System box.

 

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