HOW LONG DOES THE MACHINE TAKE TO RESPOND?
The original chess computers took hours to respond to each move, and some even played illegal moves! This is not the case now. With modern chess computers you decide how long the computer will take to reply - this can be hours if you wish, (although we only recommend use of the longer levels for analysis). For normal play we recommend the faster levels, which range from around 5 seconds a move up to about 5 minutes. You may find that your only hope of beating the computer lies in making it move quickly while you take much longer!
IS THE OPENING BOOK REALLY A BOOK?
The term ‘opening book’ refers to a part of the computer’s program. Considerable work has gone into discovering which moves should be made at the start of the game. These ‘openings’ can extend reasonably far into the game (sometimes up to 16 moves). The computers have been programmed with these openings; when playing them the computers save time and can utilize this saved time later in the game. The larger the opening book the deeper the openings will go.
HOW EASY ARE THE COMPUTERS TO USE?
The computers have been designed to be as user friendly as possible. Most functions are performed by a single key push, eg: to set the level you press the ‘set level’ key.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG?
All Novag computers are guaranteed for 1 year, and all tested before leaving our factory. In the unlikely event that there are problems contact your local dealer.
Excerpt continuation taken from the Novag Chess Computer Catalog 1996.