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Microtrend,
was an international early home computer game producing and trading enterprise in the 80s. A Dutch subsidiary was associated with Wim Rens, for the purpose to develop and merchandise the chess program Gambiet and derivational products. In his European MCC 1982 report, Tony Harrington states "Wim Rens, sponsored by the UK firm Microtrend entered a program ..." [1]. A 1987 closed company MICROTREND BV is mentioned elsewhere with origin UK [2], related or not.

Gabmol vs. Sargon II

Wim Rens in his June 1981 Databus article Grondslagen van computerschaak [3]:
The second milestone of Gambiet's triumph [4] was achieved under the watchful eye of the firm Microtrend. At home of one of their directors were two TSR-80's, one running Sargon II, the other Gabmol [5]. Microtrend was looking for a chess game in their collection, and end of June a decision was made and a contract placed. The result was impressive: two equally fast Tandy computers and Gambiet had no trouble with the once-famous Sargon.

Gambiet

According to Trademarkia, GAMBIET was trademark by Microtrend International B.V. in Amsterdam, filed October 26, 1981, as United States trademark, canceled September 13, 1989 [6].
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Gambiet order form by Microtrend, U.S.A., InfoWorld, May 1981 [7]

Videopac C 7010

The French manual of the Videopac C 7010 for the module of the Philips Videopac G7000 video game console has following copyright note [8]

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References

  1. ^ Tony Harrington (1983). The third European Microcomputer Chess tournament. Creative Computing, Vol. 9, No. 1
  2. ^ MICROTREND BV | Companies UK | cdrex.com
  3. ^ Free translation from Dutch, excerpt from: Wim Rens (1981). Grondslagen van computerschaak. Databus 06-81, pp. 13-15, pdf hosted by Hein Veldhuis (Dutch)
  4. ^ first milestone was winning a match from IGM in early 1980
  5. ^ Gabmol was Gambiet's initial name
  6. ^ GAMBIET - Reviews & Brand Information - Microtrend International B.V. Amsterdam , Serial Number: 73334547
  7. ^ Gambiet order form, InfoWorld, Vol. 3, No. 9, May 11, 1981, from Google Books
  8. ^ Philips, Videopac C 7010, French Manual, pdf

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