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Novag Piccolo (1985)

A SMALL. EASY-TO-CARRY chess computer with a ‘magic’ SENSOR BOARD -- IRRESISTIBLE and AFFORDABLE TOO!

      • Very EASY to operate.
      • SURPRISINGLY STRONG PROGRAMME with 8 skill levels (BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATES, EXPERTS, even TOURNAMENT LEVEL).
      • Programmed in accordance with INTERNATIONAL chess rules.
      • Knows en-passant moves, castlings and pawn promotions.
      • Check, stalemate and mate announcement.
      • FAST response times.
      • Plays against itself.
      • CHOICE OF COLOUR to play; change of colour possible during a game.
      • EASY correction through TAKE-BACK FUNCTION.
      • Position verification function.
      • SIMPLE SET-UP of board positions.
      • Solves most mate-in-two moves.
      • IDEAL FOR TRAVELLING.
      • PORTABLE.

NOVAG THE NAME FOR COMPUTER CHESS INTELLIGENCE.

Excerpts taken from “Novag Piccolo” Box (back)

Instructions printed on the “NOVAG PICCOLO”  chess computer

Instructions printed on the “NOVAG PICCOLO” chess computer

Close up of the “NOVAG PICCOLO”  Sensory Peg Board and Chess Pieces.

Close up of the “NOVAG PICCOLO” Sensory Peg Board and Chess Pieces.

Close up of chess pieces lying inside one of the two “NOVAG PICCOLO”  storage compartments for chess pieces.

Close up of chess pieces lying inside one of the two “NOVAG PICCOLO” storage compartments for chess pieces.

Information
Novag Piccolo (1985) Logo on Chess Computer

Novag Piccolo (1985)

Novag Piccolo (1985)

Box (front)

Novag Piccolo (1985) Box (front)

Push Button Controls

Novag Piccolo (1985) Push Button Controls

User Manual

Novag Piccolo (1985) User Manual

8 Levels of play

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Novag

Unknown

Year:

1985

Manufacturer ELO

N/A

Original Price

?

Wiki ELO:

900

Model #:

Piccolo

My Serial #:

720409

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

80C49

8 Bit Single Chip

15 MHz

2 KB

256 Byte

Battery Operated:

DC 9V

Adapter Option:

N/A

Display Type:

16 Coordinate LED’s

Board Type:

Sensory Electronic Peg Board

Board Size:

3” x 3”

Overall Size:

7.1/4” x 5.1/4” x 1.1/8”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Peg Sensory Board

Push Buttons

8

N/A

2 Half Moves (Ply)

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

No / No

Mate in 2

Yes / No

No / No

Active Level:

4 = 5-45 sec.

Tournament Level:

6 = 2-3 min.

Infinite Level:

8 = 5-20 min

Game Information

Schachcomputer.Info

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Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

36

5

14

18

31.9

934

16

3

4

9

31.25

1132

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Tournaments & Matches

Active Chess (30 seconds per move)

2007/2008 - UNDER 1400 ELO CHESS COMPUTER CHAMPIONSHIP - BLUE SECTION - STAGE 1 GROUP F

TIME CONTROLS

YEAR

# OF CONTESTANTS

# OF GAMES PLAYED

FINAL PLACEMENT

START ELO

END ELO

STATUS

Active

2007

9

16

7 th

1200

1132

Complete

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