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Chess Champion Super System III, (Chess System III, Super System III, ChessMaster)
Novag's third dedicated chess computer released in 1979, at about the time that the Novag / SciSys split took place. After the early sales period different SciSys and Novag versions of the Super System III emerged, the early Chess System III, the later SciSys ChessMaster, and the Chess Champion Super System III by Novag [1].

The chess computer had a 6502 CPU with a Philidor Software program written by Mike Johnson, supported by David Levy with expertise in search heuristics, also providing the opening library. The program and book was stored in 8 KiB of ROM, and used 1 KiB of RAM. It was a kind of modular system with a computer unit, and optionally, a pluggable printer and the very first LCD-chessboard.
Super System III with LCD Display [2]


During the 1980 Chess Tournament in Bad Kissingen, Germany [3], sponsored by Horten, a German department store chain and primary German Novag distributor [4], Anatoly Karpov played 25 Super System IIIs in a simultaneous exhibition. In one game he was rather lucky that the program, a rook up, uncorked 32... Rfd8 overlooking mate in one, instead of Qb8 [5] [6]:
[Event "Karpov Simultaneous"]
[Site "Bad Kissingen"]
[Date "1980.01.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Anatoly Karpov"]
[Black "Super System III"]
[Result "1-0"]
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 Bc5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.d3 Be6 
8.a3 a5 9.h3 Qe7 10.Rb1 Bf5 11.Bg5 Kh8 12.Nd5 Qd8 13.b4 axb4 
14.axb4 Ba7 15.Ra1 h6 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qd2 Kh7 18.Nh4 Be6 19.Be4+ 
Kg7 20.g4 Nd4 21.Kh2 Nb3 22.Qb2 Nxa1 23.e3 c6 24.Nc3 d5 25.cxd5 
cxd5 26.Bg2 d4 27.Nb5 Qb6 28.Nxa7 Qxa7 29.f4 dxe3 30.fxe5 fxe5 
31.Qxe5+ Kg8 32.Ng6 Rfd8 33.Qh8# 1-0
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External Links

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  1. ^ Scisys and Novag : The Early Years from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  2. ^ Close UP Of SSIII LCD Display | Flickr - Fotosharing by Chewbanta
  3. ^ Bad Kissingen 1980 - 365Chess.com Tournaments
  4. ^ Horten macht's möglich: Schach-Computer für 250 Mark, October 13, 1978 Computerwoche 42/1978 (German)
  5. ^ Chess Champion Super System III from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  6. ^ Anatoly Karpov vs Super System III from chessgames.com

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