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About Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1980) Suitable for Chaftz MGS Modular Game System and GGM Great Game Machine Chess Computers

In December, 1978 an improved Sargon II competed in the 9th ACM North American Computer Chess Championships. There Sargon II took on the giants of the computer chess world. In an electrifying fourth round game Sargon defeated Awit, a program running on a five million dollar AHMDAL computer. Sargon tied for third place in that event.

Your new MODULAR GAME SYSTEM brings you Sargon 2.5; improved over its astonishing performance against multi-million dollar machines. Sargon should provide you with countless hours of chess excitement.

Excerpt taken from the SARGON 2.5 Module User Manual printed in 1979

Although the Chafitz Sargon 2.5 user manual has a print date of 1979, it is unlikely that Sargon 2.5 was sold as a module for the Modular Game System, prior to 1980.  The same program but named Boris 2.5 performed during the last week of September, 1980 in a North American Tournament held in San Jose, California.  Boris 2.5 finished tied 2nd together with Boris Experimental which later became the Chafitz Morphy chess game module, sold in 1981.  Winner of this tournament was the Fidelity Electronics Inc. Champion Sensory Chess Challenger.

A few weeks earlier during that 1st week  of September, 1980 a MGS Sargon 2.5 had participated in the 3rd PCW Microcomputer Chess Championship finishing 6th.

First published Magazine review that I could find for an actual Chafitz Sargon 2.5 combined with a Modular Game System (“MGS”) is from January 1981 titled “The Newest Sargon 2.5”.  A German Sales brochure printed in February and August 1980 advertises the MGS Sargon 2.5

It does seem uncertain that MGS Sargon 2.5 was delivered to the general public in any large quantities before 1980.

Sargon 2.5 playing as a module inside a Chafitz Auto Response Board was available since January, 1980.  This module is a different type of module to what is used in a MGS or GGM.

An MGS advert from 1979 shows a prototype looking MGS and states modules will be available soon.  Shown, advertised and performing as a  prototype in 1979 is certainly correct.

Sargon 2.5 works with Chafitz Modular Game System and Chafitz Great Game Machine.  Boris 2.5 and Sargon 2.5 are the same chess programs but with different names, perhaps initially planned to target different World markets with for example Sargon 2.5 for Europe and Boris 2.5 for North America.  Or possibly the name change is a result of Dan & Kathe Spracklen leaving Chafitz and joining Fidelity Electronics.

 

Sargon 2.5 is compatible with Modular Game System (“MGS”)Sargon 2.5 is compatible with Great Game Machine (“GGM”).

Sargon 2.5 is compatible with Modular Game System (“MGS”) and Great Game Machine (“GGM”).

Information on Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1980) Suitable for Chaftz MGS Modular Game System and GGM Great Game Machine Chess Computers
Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1979) Suitable for Chaftz MGS Modular Game System and GGM Great Game Machine Chess Computers

Technical Specification

Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1979)

Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1979) LED Display and Game Control Buttons
Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1979) Module Label
Chafitz Sargon 2.5 Game Module (1979) User Manual

Display & Controls

Module Label

User Manual

Spacious Mind

Schachcomputer.Info

Active 2015

Tourn. 2017

1371

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T1

T2

T3

T4

T5

Final

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Chafitz Inc/Applied Concepts Inc

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

1800 USCF

1979

$149.00 Module

1500

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

Not Available

My Serial #:

015305

Processor OEM

MOS Tech.

Processor:

6502

Speed:

Type:

8 Bit

2 MHz

ROM:

8 KB

RAM:

2 KB

Battery Type:

Not Applicable

Power Adapter:

Ext. MGS or GGM

Display:

Ext. MGS or GGM.

Board Type:

Ext. MGS or GGM

Overall Size:

Ext. MGS or GGM

4.3/8x3.5/8x1.5/8

Options Select:

Use MGS or GGM

Play Levels:

7 Levels

Opening Book:

50+ Variations

Take Back:

Available

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

Not Available

Solve Mate:

Mate in 4

Save Game:

Available

Ponder:

Available

Search Depth:

Not Known

Provide Hint:

Available

Teach Mode:

Not Available

Change Sides:

Available

Active Level:

TM Level:

4

Infinite Level:

6

3 Prefered

Hardware Specification

Game Features

Matchplay & Test ELO Ratings

Computer Game Rating

Rating Test

Other Computer Chess  Ratings

USCF

USCF

Spacious Mind

Human Rating

USCF

Digest 83

CCNS

Ply

FIDE

USCF

1454

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1540

1457

Board Size:

Class C Level Electronic Chess Module!

 

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