The collection you will see is fairly broad and representative, at least of the 1970s and 80s. Once the playing strength of PC programmes overtook the dedicated chess computers in the mid 1990s the new chess computers released went downhill and I have little interest in acquiring most of them. It is not my intention to make the collection any bigger. There just isn’t the room and building a very large collection is a time consuming and obsessive occupation. I intend to find good homes for as many of my spare machines as possible. Please look in at the Sale & Swap page and if you are interested in a deal please do not hesitate to say.
The collection list is set out in more detail than you will usually find on the web. There will be photos and technical information on many of them in time. I will also try to present games played illustrating the interesting features and the triumphs and failures of the machines.
I enjoy exchanging news and information with other chess computer enthusiasts. There is a great spirit of co-operation and encouragement in many who have this chess computer bug. To do my bit I have produced a chess computer Timeline. This shows in chronological order and by manufacturer the release dates for as many chess computers as I have reliable information. I have found nothing quite like it on the web and it should help both newcomers and experienced collectors to place the age of chess computers. An overview on one diagram is also helpful in understanding the development of chess computers. I will update it as further reliable date information becomes available. Development of the Timeline to provide links to hardware and software information and photographs of the machines is also a dream of mine. There is a page which explains the background to the Timeline and what other information you can find on the web. So please have a look at the Timeline if you are interested.