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Novag Forte, (Constellation Forte, Super Forte)
a series of dedicated chess computers by Novag with 6502 programs by David Kittinger. Along with Novag Expert, the Forte was successor of the Super Constellation, released as Constellation Forte A in 1986, Super Forte in 1987, Super Forte B in 1989 and Super Forte C in 1990. The Fortes had plastic sensory boards with pressure sensors, a Dot-matrix display and 16 LEDs for file and rank square indication.
Constellation Forte B [1]

Very Selective Search

According to Thorsten Czub, the Constellation Forte had a reduced weightiness of the pre scan heuristics (PSH) [2] [3] compared to the Super Constellation. A sophisticated selective search, dubbed Very Selective Search (VSS), was introduced with the Super Expert B and Super Forte B [4].


by Larry Kaufman from The Rexchess Story [5] :
The next step forward came when Novag's Dave Kittinger, Don and I jointly worked out how to do an effective selective search program. Dave put these ideas into the Super Expert B and Super Forte B, while Don and I put them into Rex.

See also


Forum Posts

External Links


  1. ^ Novag Constellation Forte B from Kurt´s Schachcomputer Homepage by Kurt Kispert (German)
  2. ^ PSH from Schachcomputer.info Wiki (German)
  3. ^ Oldie-Artikel 3 by Thorsten Czub (German)
  4. ^ Novag Super Forte B from Schachcomputer.info Wiki (German)
  5. ^ Larry Kaufman (1989). The Rexchess Story. Computer Chess Reports 1989, pp. 8

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