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Model: NOVAG Super VIP
Manufacturer: NOVAG
Year: 1989
Est. ELO rating: 1688
Levels of play: 48 divided into 6 skill sections
Type: Calculator
ROM: 48Kb
RAM: 2Kb
CPU clock speed: 9.8304 MHz
Opening book: 20,000 moves
Port: 1 standard RS 232C port in modular socket
Transmission Format:  1 Start-bit. 8 data-bits. 1 stop-bit no parity bit. I200 or 9600 baud rate selectable

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NOVAG Super VIP or Super V.I.P  - This is a strong chess computer given its age and the fact that it is a hand held unit. It runs on 4 AAA batteries and can be connected to a computer via a standard serial RS 232C port. When it was released it was the strongest handheld chess computer. It came with a foldable board and magnetic pieces. Unfortunately, I don't have those. Solves mate in 8 problems
The NOVAG Super VIP runs on four 1,5V UM 4-type alkaline or heavy-duty batteries and they will last approximately 400 hours,


The  NOVAG Super VIP has 48 different level of skill divided into 6 sections and they are listed below.

1. Section TR: For tournament time controls (Level 8 is the strongest)
Level, Moves, Time
1 = 60, 5 mins
2 = 60, 30 mins
3 = 60, 60 mins
4 = 45, 90 mins
5 = 40, 90 mins
6 = 40, 100 mins
7 = 40, 120 mins
8 = 40, 150 mins

2. Section FT: For fixed computing time. The Super VIP will only use the time selected.
Level, Time
1 = every 2 secs.
2 = every 5 secs.
3 = every 10 secs.
4 = every 15 secs.
5 = every 30 secs.
6 = every 1 min.
7 = every 2 mins.
8 = every 3 mins.

3. Section SD: Sudden death levels for play to the finish. The computer has to finish his
game within a given time. If you or the computer exceed the specified time control,
the game will be declared lost.
Level, Time
1 = all 3 mins.
2 = all 5 mins
3 = all 10 mins.
4 = all 15 mins.
5 = all 30 mins.
6 = all 60 mine.
7 = all 90 mins.
8 = all 120 mins.

4. Section FD: Fixed depth levels. The Super VIP will only compute up to the depth
selected.
Level, Half Moves
1 = h/move 1
2 = h/move 2
3 = h/move 3
4 = h/move 4
5 = h/move 5
6 = h/move 6
7 = h/move 7
8 = h/move 8

5. Section AN: The analysis mode for more difficult problems provides deeper searches.
Level, Half Moves
1 = h/move 9
2 = h/move 10
3 = h/move 11
4 = h/move 12
5 = h/move 13
6 = h/move 14
7 = h/move 15
8 = h/move 16

6. Section EA: In the easy mode the Super VIP will not compute on opponent's time,
therefore its play is weaker.
Level, Moves Time
1 = 60 5 mins
2 = 60 30 mins
3 = 60 60 mins
4 = 45 90 mins
5 = 40 90 mins
6 = 40 100 mins.
7 = 40 120 mins
8 = 40 150 mins


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