New features available in your NOVAG SUPER FORTE “B” MODEL
- The degree of selective search can be chosen by the user.
- User Settable “Speed Chess” timings are allowed.
- Verify whilst thinking is allowed.
- Display of level and degree of selectivity whilst thinking is allowed.
- Scrolling backwards and forwards through the game whilst computer is thinking without changing computer memory is allowed.
- “Start of Game” and “End of Game” keys may be used to control scrolling.
- “Sound” may be switched on or off while the computer is thinking.
- “Info” may be switched on or off while the computer is thinking.
- “Autoplay” may be switched on or off whilst the computer is thinking.
- There is a “Verbose” mode for use with the IBM Interface which sends principal variation updates to the RS232 Port.
To choose the degree of selectivity, you press the SET LEVEL key. When you have pressed the “SET LEVEL” key the display will read level “nn sel m” where “nn” is the current level selected between 1 and 64 and “m” is the current SELECT (selectivity) setting between 0 and 7. To change the SELECT setting use the “-->” key and the number “m” will increase for each depression until it reaches 7 and then reset to 0 etc.
“SELECT 1” means that on the last ply of the given search the computer will only look at moves which are forcing or better than what has been found so far. This means that when the display shows the computer is doing a 6 ply search, for example, then ALL of the moves of the first 5 plies are searched, but only some of the 6th ply moves are looked at. Naturally captures and checks are then examined deeper.
“SELECT 2” means that on the last 2 plies of the given search the computer will only look at moves which are forcing or better that what has been found so far.
“SELECT 3” means the computer will operate it’s selective search on the last 3 plies of the given search depth.
“SELECT 4”, the last 4 plies, etc.
“SELECT 0” means the computer will look at all moves up to the given ply depth. When set for “SELECT 0” the computer will not overlook any combination which falls within its current search depth.
Recommended choices are “SELECT 3” for time controls of less than 3 minutes per move and “SELECT 4” for the time controls of 3 minutes or more per move.
Solve Mate always uses “SELECT 0” to make sure no mate is overlooked.
Select level may also be used for “Infinite” time control. Probably the best setting is “SELECT 3” or “SELECT 4”.
The degree of selectivity may be set independently for Black and White. However, the computer will always assume you wish to have the same level for black and white unless you tell it otherwise.
Excerpts taken from “NOVAG SUPER FORTE B” New Features addendum to the User Manual.